Author Talk: Jacqueline Kent


Tuesday, 16 October 2018 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm


  • General Admission: $10.00
  • State Library Friends Member: FREE

Price includes fees.


Gallery Room, Ground Floor Mitchell Building

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Author Talk: Jacqueline Kent

A Certain Style: Beatrice Davis, A Literary Life


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.

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