Longlisted for the 2019 Stella Prize

The Death of Noah Glass – Gail Jones

Fiction · Text Publishing

The Death of Noah Glass

About the book

“The Death of Noah Glass is a well-crafted, detail-rich narrative from a multi-award-winning literary novelist.”

– 2019 Stella Prize Judges

About the author

Gail Jones

Gail Jones is the author of two short story collections, a critical monograph, and the novels Black MirrorSixty LightsDreams of SpeakingSorry and Five Bells. Her novel A Guide To Berlin was Longlisted for the 2016 Stella Prize. Three times shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, her other prizes include the WA Premier’s Award for Fiction, the Nita B. Kibble Award, and the Age Book of the Year Award.

Further Reading


“…this is an intellectually strenuous entertainment concerned with the nature and loss of senses, of filial obligations and their cost, of the vertiginous role of chance. Jones has challenged herself – and her readers – in another rich and accomplished work.”
Peter Pierce, Sydney Morning Herald

“This polished, pensive novel that swirls so much about, tantalising with implications amid the patterned intricacy of linked scenes, returning symbols and motifs. It’s a book that needs to be read closely…The Death of Noah Glass is engaging. It’s a book about ways of seeing and about the gaps that persist between vision and understanding. And in the end this novel–which is dedicated to the memory of Jones’s father–is also about patrimony as the pattern and measure that fathers leave behind them.” The Saturday Paper

“From the Renaissance to the contemporary era, from Italy to Australia and back via Japan, Jones demonstrates not a quaint equivalence between the sister arts, but an unruly dynamic of disjunction, rupture, play and appropriation that sets off a force field of narrative and semiotic energies.” Robert Dixon, Sydney Review of Books


Read ‘The Pleasure of Language Itself’ an interview with Gail Jones in LA Review of Books

Read ‘Novels are machines for thinking as well as feeling’ in Sydney Morning Herald

Listen to a review of The Dead of Noah Glass on ABC Radio National

Judges’ report

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