Longlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize

A Guide to Berlin – Gail Jones

Fiction · Penguin Random House

A Guide to Berlin

About the book

“Gail Jones’s novel is designed with architectural precision, inhabited by illuminating discussions of literature, art and life.

– 2016 Stella Prize Judges

About the author

Gail Jones

Further Reading


“I’ve always felt that Gail Jones is yet to receive the recognition she deserves. This is her sixth novel and it is, I believe, a masterpiece.” Mark Rubbo, Readings blog

“Hers is an unashamedly cerebral work that will only gain by rereading; but it is also, like its Nabokovian parent, a narrative that pulses with feeling. Its pages finally summon not one ghost but millions of them.” Geordie Williamson, The Australian

“A Guide to Berlin is brimming with rich descriptions, founded on the ‘Nabokovian regard for the weird vibrancy of things, the writer’s capacity for relish and glorification’. The dark, haunted cityscape of Berlin’s winter is beautifully captured, with detailed references to streets, districts and tramlines composing Jones’s personal guide to Berlin.” Cassie Davies, The Telegraph


Judges’ report

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