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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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1 4 y separately published work icon Vida : A Woman for Our Time Jacqueline Kent , Melbourne : Viking , 2020 20168435 2020 single work biography

'Vida Goldstein was an advocate for women's rights, a campaigner for peace, fought for the distribution of wealth, and a trail-blazer who provided leadership and inspiration to innumerable people.

'Blazing her trail at the dawn of the twentieth century, Vida Goldstein remains Australia’s most celebrated crusader for the rights of women. Her life – as a campaigner for the suffrage in Australia, Britain and America, an advocate for peace, a fighter for social equality and a shrewd political commentator – marks her as one of Australia’s foremost women of courage and principle.

'Vida first came to national prominence as the first woman in the Western world to stand for a national Parliament, in Victoria, for the Senate, in 1903. As a fighter for equal rights for women, and as a champion of social justice, she quickly established a pattern of working quietly against men’s control of Australian society. Her work for the peace movement and against conscription during the heightened emotions of the First World War showed her determination to defy governments in the name of fairness and equity.

'Vida came to adulthood when Australia was in the process of inventing itself as a new nation, one in which women might have opportunities equal to those of men. Her work for her own sex, especially her battles for equality in politics, illuminated issues that persist to this day.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 The Magnificent Mrs Mac : Australia's Woman Radio Pioneer Jacqueline Kent , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 422 2020; (p. 45)

— Review of Radio Girl David Dufty , 2020 single work biography

'At first glance, this biography does not look especially compelling. Why should we want to know about Australia’s first woman radio pioneer? But David Dufty calmly and quietly shows why Violet McKenzie is well worth celebrating.' (Introduction)

1 Say's Who? Sailing Close to the Rocks of Self-Pity Jacqueline Kent , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 421 2020; (p. 41)

— Review of She I Dare Not Name : A Spinster's Meditations on Life Donna Ward , 2020 single work autobiography

'The confusing aspects of this book begin with the title, She I Dare Not Name. Instead, there is a whole book about this person, a self-described spinster. Then there’s the S-word itself, which has carried a heavy negative load since about the seventeenth century. (A minor irritation is the back-cover blurb, which describes this as ‘a book about being human’ – as distinct from being what?)' (Introduction)

1 Hons and Revs : The Need for Community and Connection Jacqueline Kent , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 415 2019; (p. 63-64)

— Review of A Lot with a Little Tim Costello , 2019 single work autobiography

'This autobiography by Tim Costello – Baptist minister, lawyer, anti-casino activist, CEO of World Vision Australia for thirteen years – is a clear and straightforward account of his life, free of obvious literary artifice. What Costello has tried to do, he says, is to understand and explain how his memories and experiences, especially of childhood and family life, have made him develop as an adult, often in ways that have become apparent only with maturity.' (Introduction)

1 'You Will Have a Drink with Me' : The Story of 'wake in Fright' and Its Afterlives Jacqueline Kent , 2019 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 78 no. 1 2019; (p. 146-150)

'Wake in Fright was published in 1961, more than 50 years ago. Australia, many assume, has come a long way since then. Yet Kenneth Cook’s masterpiece, the novel by which he is still best known and that has hardly ever been out of print, is timeless. The forces that plunge hapless schoolteacher John Grant into a spiral of alcoholic despair—lack of money, desperation, the heat and the alien nature of the landscape—remain menacingly relevant.'  (Introduction)

1 A Couple of Radicals : Rescuing the Blackburns from Other People's Footnotes Jacqueline Kent , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 410 2019; (p. 45-46)

'If you were young and energetic and a believer in a range of progressive causes, Melbourne in the first three decades of the twentieth century was an exciting place. It was even better if you were in love.'  (Introduction)

1 4 y separately published work icon Beyond Words : A Year with Kenneth Cook Jacqueline Kent , 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)

1 Adrift in an Outback of Fierce Malevolence Jacqueline Kent , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5-6 March 2016; (p. 24) The Saturday Age , 5-6 March 2016; (p. 24)

— Review of Fear Is the Rider Kenneth Cook , 2016 single work novel
1 Radio Comedy Jacqueline Kent , 2014 single work companion entry
— Appears in: A Companion to the Australian Media : R 2014; (p. 380-382)
1 An Honest Account of Life at the Top Jacqueline Kent , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 October 2014; (p. 21)

— Review of My Story Julia Gillard , 2014 single work autobiography
1 Owning up to Hits and Misses Jacqueline Kent , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4-5 October 2014; (p. 32) The Age , 4 October 2014; (p. 26)

— Review of My Story Julia Gillard , 2014 single work autobiography
1 1 y separately published work icon Take Your Best Shot : The Prime Ministership of Julia Gillard Jacqueline Kent , Melbourne : Penguin , 2013 6949345 2013 single work biography

'No Australian prime minister has had to face such a difficult and challenging political environment as did Julia Gillard. Her impressive legislative record was overshadowed by pitched battles with jealous rivals and a remarkably hostile media, as well as her own struggles to communicate effectively with the public. Following her successful The Making of Julia Gillard, award-winning biographer Jacqueline Kent analyses our first woman prime minister's tumultuous term in office, drawing on a range of views and including an exclusive new interview with Gillard herself. Take Your Best Shot is an insightful, revelatory and immensely readable account of Julia Gillard's leadership – and its abrupt ending.' (Publisher's blurb)

1 Books of the Year Patrick Allington , Judith Beveridge , Carmel Bird , Geoffrey Blainey , Alison Broinowski , Sophie Cunningham , Ian Donaldson , Gillian Dooley , Andrea Goldsmith , Kerryn Goldsworthy , Rodney Hall , Paul Hetherington , Gail Jones , Jacqueline Kent , John Kinsella , James Ley , Patrick McCaughey , Brian McFarlane , Michael Morley , Brenda Niall , John Rickard , John Tranter , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December 2011-January 2012 no. 337 2011; (p. 27-31)
Australian writers and reviewers each nominate their best books of 2011. Some of the books listed are by Australian writers.
1 First-Timer: From Manuscript to Three-Book Deal Jacqueline Kent (interviewer), 2011 single work interview
— Appears in: Newswrite : The NSW Writers' Centre Magazine , February/March no. 195 2011; (p. 22-23)
1 Making It Jacqueline Kent , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December 2010 - January 2011 no. 327 2010; (p. 67, 68)

— Review of Reg Grundy Reg Grundy , 2010 single work autobiography
1 Best Books of the Year Patrick Allington , Dennis Altman , Don Anderson , Carmel Bird , Nicholas Birns , Alison Broinowski , Jo Case , Glyn Davis , Gillian Dooley , Andrea Goldsmith , Lisa Gorton , Rodney Hall , Kate Holden , Jacqueline Kent , James Ley , Patrick McCaughey , Brian McFarlane , Brenda Niall , Peter Pierce , Angus Trumble , Geordie Williamson , Thuy On , Stephanie Owen Reeder , Mike Shuttleworth , Ruth Starke , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December 2010 - January 2011 no. 327 2010; (p. 38-43)
Australian writers and reviewers each nominate their best books of 2010. Some of the books listed are by Australian writers.
1 Best Books of the Year Patrick Allington , Dennis Altman , Judith Armstrong , Nicholas Birns , James Bradley , Peter Craven , Morag Fraser , Andrea Goldsmith , Anna Goldsworthy , Lisa Gorton , Bridget Griffen-Foley , Paul Hetherington , Jacqueline Kent , John Kinsella , James Ley , Patrick McCaughey , Brian McFarlane , Peter Mares , David Marr , Brenda Niall , Peter Pierce , Geordie Williamson , Maya Linden , Pam Macintyre , Agnes Nieuwenhuizen , Stephanie Owen Reeder , Mike Shuttleworth , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December 2009 - January 2010 no. 317 2009; (p. 20-25)
Australian writers and reviewers each nominate their best books of 2009. Some of the books listed are by Australian writers.
1 1 The Unsentimental Bloke Jacqueline Kent , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 316 2009; (p. 37-39)
Jacqueline Kent, who was married to Ken Cook, casts an eye over his career as a writer and, particularly, the writing and film adaptation of Wake in Fright.
1 What I'm Reading : Jacqueline Kent, Writer and Editor Jacqueline Kent , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3-4 October 2009; (p. 28)
1 Julia's Progress Jacqueline Kent , 2009 extract biography (The Making of Julia Gillard)
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 19 September 2009; (p. 12-15)
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