Jenna MacArthur

THE READER: Jenna MacArthur

Fashion and luxury PR specialist Jenna McArthur shares her reading favourites


Jenna McArthur is the former online editor of Elle SA and founded her eponymous communications agency in 2013, which specialises in creating communities around luxury and fashion brands.

What are you reading at the moment?

I loved An Education written by Lynn Barber so I’m giving her latest memoir, A Curious Career, a go and it is fantastic!

What book has had the greatest impact on you?

The Bible.

What is your favourite novel of all time?

The Great Gatsby. I love how every time I read this I get lost in the glamour and am transported to 1920s opulence and elegance. It is a love story that gets me every time.

What were your favourite books as a child?

Enid Blyton’s The Faraway Tree and anything by Beatrix Potter.

What’s the last book you gave as a gift?

Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts. He takes you on an incredible journey of India.

What’s the last thing you read that made you laugh?

Barry Bradshaw’s weekly column in Grazia. The guy is hysterical.

Which book have you not been able to finish?

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

Your favourite magazine?

I am an absolute magazine junkie and being in fashion PR I buy them all. I love The Gentlewoman as it celebrates women’s style. The content is distinctive and the photography beautiful.

If you could have dinner with a dead writer, who would you dine with and where?

I’d take Jane Austen to The Duchess of Wisbeach. The restaurant is magical. It is tucked behind brick walls in a quaint side street in Sea Point. You’ll find portraits of duchesses and porcelain dogs on every table (and the real thing under your table) and the old-fashioned food of the best quality will keep you coming back for more. It’s glamorous and theatrical – Jane would like it, I think.



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