|Born||Jacqueline Frances Kent|
1947 (age 73–74)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
|Occupation||biographer, non-fiction writer|
|Education||Doctorate of Creative Arts|
|Alma mater||University of Technology Sydney|
|Notable works||A Certain Style: Beatrice Davis, a Literary Life|
An Exacting Heart: The Story of Hephzibah Menuhin
Jacqueline Frances Kent (born 1947) is an Australian journalist, biographer and non-fiction writer. She is also known as Jacquie Kent, the name she used when writing young adult fiction in the 1990s and sometimes writes as Frances Cook.
Kent wrote her first book, Out of the Bakelite Box: The Heyday of Australian Radio, while working as a freelance editor. Published in 1983 by Angus & Robertson, it was described by Maurice Dunlevy in The Canberra Times: "This popular social history of Australian radio after World War II is a classic piece of book journalism" and "a buzz from beginning to end". In 1985 she curated an exhibition called "On Air" for the National Film and Sound Archive.
Kent is a frequent contributor to and book reviewer for Australian publications, including Australian Book Review, Meanjin, The Weekend Australian, The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. She has contributed five biographies to the Australian Dictionary of Biography.
In 2007 Kent was awarded a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Technology Sydney for her thesis, "Artistry Under Oath: Biography and the life story of Hephzibah Menuhin". The following year it was published by Viking as An Exacting Heart.
Awards and recognition
- A Certain Style
- An Exacting Heart
- The Age Book of the Year Award, Non-Fiction Prize, shortlisted, 2008
- Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Best Non-Fiction Book and Best History Book, shortlisted, 2008
- Nita Kibble Literary Award, winner, 2009
- New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction and Community Relations Commission Award, shortlisted, 2009
- Festival Awards for Literature (SA), Award for Non-Fiction, shortlisted, 2010
- The Australian Historical Association Awards, Magarey Medal for Biography, shortlisted, 2010
- Beyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook
- National Biography Award, shortlisted, 2020
- Beatrice Davis Editorial Fellowship, 1994
- Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship
Biography and memoir
- A Certain Style: Beatrice Davis, a Literary Life, Viking, 2001
- An Exacting Heart: The Story of Hephzibah Menuhin, Viking, 2008
- The Making of Julia Gillard, Viking, 2009
- Take Your Best Shot: The Prime Ministership of Julia Gillard, Penguin, 2013
- Beyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook, University of Queensland Press, 2019
- Vida: A Woman For Our Time, Penguin, 2020
- Out of the Bakelite Box: The Heyday of Australian Radio, Angus & Robertson, 1983
- In the Half Light: Life as a Child in Australia 1900-1970, Angus & Robertson, 1988
Young adult fiction
- Angel Claws, I Love You, Puffin, 1992
- Heartbreak High, 1998
- Making Up, Breaking Up, ABC Books, 1998
- Love, Hate, ABC Books, 1998
- Secrets and Lies, ABC Books, 1999
- Tough Call, ABC Books, 1999
- "Jacqueline Kent: (author/organisation) | AustLit: Discover Australian Stories". www.austlit.edu.au. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
- "Kent, Jacqueline (1947-) - People and organisations". Trove. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
- "Jacqueline Kent — Beyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook". Sydney Mechanics' School of Arts (SMSA). Retrieved 29 December 2019.
- "Writers' World". Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). 1 October 1983. p. 12. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
- "The bakelite box revisited". Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). 12 August 1985. p. 30. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
- "New short-story judge". Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). 2 September 1983. p. 3. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
- "$3,900 to be won in short-story competition". Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995). 11 May 1985. p. 1. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
- Kent, Jacqueline (2019), Beyond words : a year with kenneth cook, UQP, ISBN 978-0-7022-6039-1
- Kembrey, Melanie (21 January 2019). "Lunch with: Biographer turned memoirist Jacqueline Kent". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
- "Browse by author: Kent, Jacqueline - Australian Dictionary of Biography". adb.anu.edu.au. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
- Kent, J. (2007). Artistry under oath : biography and the life story of Hephzibah Menuhin (Doctorate of Creative Arts thesis).
- Kent, Jacqueline (2008). An exacting heart : the story of Hephzibah Menuhin. Camberwell, Vic. : Viking. ISBN 978-0-670-07117-3.
- "National Biography Award". ANU School of History. 1 May 2009. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
- "2018 Nita B Kibble Literary Awards for Women Writers". Perpetual Limited. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
- "Full shortlist of 2002 NSW Premier's Literary Awards". The Sydney Morning Herald. 9 April 2002. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
- O'Brien, Hugh (18 August 2008). "Ian Commins - The Queensland Premier's Literary Awards". abc.net.au. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
- "2009 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Shortlists - Matilda". www.middlemiss.org. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
- "Magarey Medal for Biography 2010" (PDF). Trove. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
- "Shortlist for 2020 National Biography Award announced". Books+Publishing. 10 July 2020. Retrieved 10 July 2020.
- "Previous Shortlists". Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship. Retrieved 29 December 2019.
- "Previous Fellows". Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship. Retrieved 29 December 2019.