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A moving and powerful memoir of love, loss and a shared passion for words.
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.
‘I was totally gripped by this tender, restrained portrait of a love affair that crosses generational boundaries and evokes a significant era in Australian publishing.’ – Sophie Cunningham
‘The beauty of the writing leans into the pure love of writing and prose.’ &ndash Books+Publishing
About the Author
Jacqueline Kent was born in Sydney and grew up there and in Adelaide. Originally trained as a journalist and broadcaster, she has also been a book editor and a reviewer for numerous publications, and has a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney. As well as biography and general social history, she has written fiction for young adults. A Certain Style: Beatrice Davis, A Literary Life won the 2002 National Biography Award and the Nita B. Kibble Award. An Exacting Heart: The Story of Hephzibah Menuhin won the 2009 Nita B. Kibble Award. She lives in Sydney.
ISBN: 9780702260391 ISBN-10: 0702260398 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 272 Published: 5th February 2019 Publisher: University of Queensland Press Country of Publication: AU Dimensions (cm): 20.4 x 13.9
Weight (kg): 0.41