About the author

Gail Jones

About the book

Judges' report

The Death of Noah Glass is a layered, thoughtful meditation on art, family, history, and the complex construction of the self.

Before Noah Glass’ body has had a chance to cool, his two adult children find themselves in the curious position of investigating whether his death was an accident. We flash back to Noah’s life as an art historian, and follow his children, Martin and Evie, as they consider the aspects of their father’s life that they didn’t know about as they process his sudden death.

The depiction of the multidimensional relationship between adult siblings – each equally compelling characters – in this singular novel is a constant delight. Jones achieves the considerable feat of presenting a novel of ideas with dense literary value as well as a page-turning plot.

Ultimately, The Death of Noah Glass is a well-crafted, detail-rich narrative from a multi-award-winning literary novelist who is at the peak of her game.

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

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