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Jacqueline Kent Jacqueline Kent i(A11415 works by) (a.k.a. Jacquie Kent)
Also writes as: Frances Cook
Born: Established: 1947 ;
Gender: Female
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Jacqueline Kent trained as a television journalist with the ABC in Sydney and then transferred to ABC radio. Now a highly regarded freelance editor, she was awarded the Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship in 1994, which led to her spending several months in New York in 1995. She is also a teacher of creative writing.

Kent has written books for teenagers as well as two social histories.The author of a number of biographies, she was shortlisted for the Hazel Rowley Fellowship in 2016 (for a biography of Robert Helpmann through the lens of his friendships with women) and in 2018 (for a biography of Australian suffragette and social reformer Vida Goldstein).

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2018 winner Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship

For a biography of Vida Goldstein.

2016 shortlisted Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship for a biography of Robert Helpmann examined through his friendships, especially with women.
1994 recipient Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Beyond Words : A Year with Kenneth Cook St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2019 14979055 2019 single work autobiography

'In 1985 Jacqueline Kent was content with her life. She had a satisfying career as a freelance book editor, and was emerging as a writer. Living and working alone, she relished her independence. But then she met Kenneth Cook, author of the Australian classic Wake in Fright, and they fell in love.

'With bewildering speed Jacqueline found herself in alien territory- with a man almost twenty years older, whose life experience could not have been more different from her own. She had to come to terms with complicated finances and expectations, and to negotiate relationships with Ken's children, four people almost her own age. But with this man of contradictions - funny and sad, headstrong and tender - she found real and sustaining companionship.

'Their life together was often joyful, sometimes enraging, always exciting - until one devastating evening. But, as Jacqueline discovered, even when a story is over that doesn't mean it has come to an end.'  (Publication summary)

2020 shortlisted National Biography Award
y separately published work icon A Certain Style : Beatrice Davis, A Literary Life Ringwood : Viking , 2001 Z895268 2001 single work biography

'Beatrice Davis, 1909-1992, was general editor at Angus and Robertson the main Australian publishing company from 1937 to 1973. There she discovered and published such writers as Thea Astley, Miles Franklin, Patricia Wrightson, Xavier Herbert and Hal Porter becoming a literary tastemaker in the process. A central figure in Australian literature – ‘respected, feared, courted and berated.’

'Originally published to great acclaim in 2001, A Certain Style introduced this stylish and formidable woman to thousands of readers and told a history of books and publishing in twentieth-century Australia. This reissue has a new introduction and updates throughout as the author presents a compelling account of a contradictory woman and her times.' (Source : 2018 edition)

2002 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
2002 winner Kibble Literary Awards Nita Kibble Literary Award
2002 winner National Biography Award
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