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Gail Jones - The Death of Noah Glass


Gail Jones’s mesmerising new novel tells a story about parents and children, and explores the overlapping patterns that life makes. 

In The Death of Noah Glass, art historian Noah Glass, having just returned from a trip to Sicily, is discovered floating face down in the swimming pool at his Sydney apartment block. His adult children, Martin and Evie, must come to terms with the shock of their father’s death. But a sculpture has gone missing from a museum in Palermo, and Noah is a suspect. The police are investigating.

Other people live on in us, as a kind of secular afterlife. Art consoles us. That is its power.
— Gail Jones, Sydney Morning Herald

None of it makes any sense. Martin sets off to Palermo in search of answers about his father’s activities, while Evie moves into Noah’s apartment, waiting to learn where her life might take her. Retracing their father’s steps in their own way, neither of his children can see the path ahead.

The Death of Noah Glass is about love and art, about grief and happiness, about memory and the mystery of time.

Meet Gail Jones in conversation with Julieanne Lamond, Australian literature specialist at the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.

Tickets: $12 (includes a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink)



The author of seven novels and two collections of stories, Gail Jones is one of Australia’s most celebrated writers. Her work has been translated into twelve languages and awarded several prizes in Australia. Internationally her fiction has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize, and shortlisted for the IMPAC Award and the Prix Femina Étranger.

Dr Julieanne Lamond focuses on researching and teaching literary culture at the turn of the twentieth century, especially that written and read in Australia, and the intersection between literary and popular cultures of reading, especially as mediated by newspapers and libraries. She is currently working on a study of book reviewing in Australia from 1985-present and is the editor of Australian Literary Studies.

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