♥ Book Title : The First Stone
☯ Full Synopsis : "In the autumn of 1992, two young women students at Melbourne University went to the police claiming that they had been indecently assaulted at a party. The man they accused was the head of their co-ed residential college. The shock of these charges split the community and painfully focused the debate about sex and power. 'This is writing of great boldness and it will wring the heart... an intense, eloquent and enthralling work...' - AUSTRALIAN 'This was never going to be an easy book to write, its pages are bathed in anguish and self-doubt, but suffused also with a white-hot anger...' - GOOD WEEKEND 'Travelling with Garner along the complex paths of this sad story is, strangely enough, enjoyable. The First Stone [is] a book worth reading for its writing...' - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD '... Garner has ensured one thing: the debate about sexual harassment... will now have a very public airing. And it will have it in the language of experience to which all women and men have access...' - AGE"Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
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♥ Book Title : Monkey Grip
☯ Full Synopsis : "In ''Monkey Grip'', Helen Garner charts the lives of a generation. Her characters are exploring new ways of loving and living - and nothing is harder than learning to love lightly. Nora and Javo are trapped in a desperate relationship. Nora's addiction is romantic love; Javo's is hard drugs. The harder they pull away, the tighter the monkey grip. A lyrical, gritty, rough-edged novel that deserves its place as a classic of Australian fiction"Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Everywhere I Look
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Everywhere I Lookis a collection of essays, diary entries and true stories spanning more than fifteen years of the work of one of Australia's greatest writers. 'A rich, beautiful book by a poet of the everyday, a sheer master of prose. Give it to your grandmother, give it to your tweeting girlfriend. Give it to any man or woman who understands the magic of language. It will hurl them into great gulfs of pleasure, of turmoil and understanding and joy.' Australian'Imagine a writer who writes with the humour and precision of Joy Williams, the warmth and ferocity of Elena Ferrante, and the investigative rigor of Janet MalcolmaRead this book and you will wonder how you lived for years without Garner's voice in your ear.' John Freeman '(Garner's) writing expresses a hard-won grace. It brings you closer to the world, and shows you how to love itaShe has laid the groundwork for a generation of writers; she has repeatedly shown us the glory and the power of an English sentence.' Monthly'This is Garner in expansive mood writing gracefully about everything from her family to ballet to the dawn service.' Spectator'The entire experience of reading Garneraopens up the sometimes painful, sometimes hilarious discord of our lives.' Irish Times""Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Spare Room
☯ Full Synopsis : "The Spare Room is an extraordinary novel from one of Australia's most admired writers. Helen lovingly prepares her spare room for her friend Nicola. She is coming to visit, to receive treatment she believes will cure her cancer. The women negotiate an unmapped path through Nicola's gruelling therapy, stumbling towards a transcendent finale."Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Feel of Steel
☯ Full Synopsis : ""Although I have been married three times, I have never been a bride. What - me, in a big white dress? In a veil? The closest I ever got to the fantasy was back in the eighties, when I used to admire the white gypsophila crowns that Susan Renouf wore to parties: I drew a curious satisfaction from their ethereal, circular, brow-pressing beauty. Twenty years later all that's left is the frisson I get from the coronet shape that salad leaves briefly take when I tip them out of the whizzer on to a tea towel." Cities, friends, lost loves, Antarctica, the joy of being a grandmother, weddings, fencing... Such is the array of subjects in Helen Garner's second non-fiction collection. Some pieces were published in The Age, some are previously unpublished, but woven together they present as an evocative memoir, and offer a wonderfully personal portrait of an always unconventional talent. In word-perfect and often hilarious prose, Helen Garner reminds us of the human condition, in all its various guises."Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : True Stories
☯ Full Synopsis : "Winner of the 1997 Kibble Award for Literature, True Stories spans twenty-five years of work by one of Australia's great writers. In passionate and compelling prose, Helen Garner writes with a shrewd and sympathetic eye about a huge variety of experiences including, visits to the morgue, a school dance and a gun show."Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Postcards from Surfers
☯ Full Synopsis : "These stories are about life and love; of looking back and longing; of what it means to be a stranger, on foreign ground and known, told with the piercing familiarity and resonance we have come to expect. Honest, often very funny and always woven in ways that surprise, the se stories tease out everyday life to show the darkness underneath."Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Joe Cinque's Consolation
☯ Full Synopsis : "NOW A CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED MOTION PICTURE A true story of death, grief and the law "Garner's book is a writer's profound response to a tragedy and to questions about human responsibility over time as well as at precise moments" The Age In October 1997 a clever young law student at ANU made a bizarre plan to murder her devoted boyfriend after a dinner party at their house. Some of the dinner guests-most of them university students-had heard rumours of the plan. Nobody warned Joe Cinque. He died one Sunday, in his own bed, of a massive dose of rohypnol and heroin. His girlfriend and her best friend were charged with murder. Helen Garner followed the trials in the ACT Supreme Court. Compassionate but unflinching, this is a book about how and why Joe Cinque died. It probes the gap between ethics and the law; examines the helplessness of the courts in the face of what we think of as 'evil'; and explores conscience, culpability, and the battered ideal of duty of care. It is a masterwork from one of Australia's greatest writers. Winner of the Ned Kelly Award for Best True Crime 2005 Winner of the ABIA Book of the Year 2004"Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : My Hard Heart
☯ Full Synopsis : "Collection of short stories dealing with love, relationships and partings. The stories have previously been published in various magazines, newspapers or other anthologies. The author's other publications include 'Monkey Grip' which won the 1978 National Book Council Award, 'Postcards from Surfers' which won the 1986 NSW Premier's Award, and 'The First Stone'."Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Stories
☯ Full Synopsis : "• To celebrate Helen Garner's 75th birthday, we are proud to publish this collection of short fiction • Stories is presented in an elegant hardback edition • This edition gathers together the stories in Postcards from Surfers with other pieces • Told with her characteristic sharpness of observation, honesty and humour, each short story is a perfect piece, showcasing Garner's mastery of form • Mostly written in the 80s and 90s these stories show the work of a particular period in Helen Garner's prolific writing career • This is a must-have book for long-time Garner fans and the perfect gift for the many readers who continue to discover her work • With the critical and commercial success of Everywhere I Look, the prestigious US Windham–Campbell Award and her burgeoning international recognition, Helen Garner has consolidated her status as a fundamental part of Australia's literary pantheon • Published earlier this year, Bernadette Brennan's bestselling literary portrait—A Writing Life—has drawn enthusiastic praise and cemented Garner as a writer whose work will be read and studied for decades to come • A New York Times reviewer wrote of Postcards from Surfers: 'And like postcards they are economically written, a bit of conversation is transcribed, a memory recalled an event noted, scenes pass as if viewed from a train—momentarily, distinct and tantalising in their beauty.' • To be supported by a high-profile marketing and publicity campaign • Helen Garner lives in Melbourne"Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Writing Life
☯ Full Synopsis : "Helen Garner is one of Australia's most important, and some would say, most admired living writers. That admiration is inspired by a sense that she is honest, authentic and fearless in the pursuit of her craft. But Garner also courts controversy, not least because she refuses to be constrained by the rules of literary form. She appears to write so much of herself into her non-fiction, and many of her own experiences inform her fiction. But who is the 'I' in Helen Garner's work? Dr Bernadette Brennan has had access to previously unavailable papers in Garner's archive, and she provides a lively and rigorous reading of the books, journals and correspondence of one of Australia's most beloved women of letters.A Writing Lifeis the first full-length study of Garner's work, a literary portrait that maps Garner's writing against the different stages of her life."Article| Bernadette Brennan| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Regions of Thick-Ribbed Ice
☯ Full Synopsis : "They say that tourist ships to Antarctica, even more than ordinary human conveyances, are loaded down with aching hearts. Deceived wives and widowers, men who've never been loved and don't know why, Russian crew forced to leave their children behind for years at a time … And then there are the married couples: how calm the old ones, how eager the new! – but isn't a couple the greatest mystery of all? Regions of Thick-Ribbed Ice is the tale of a journey to Antarctica aboard the Professor Molchanov. With unmatched eloquence, Helen Garner spins a tale of ships, icebergs, tourism, time, photography and the many forms of desolation."Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : This House of Grief
☯ Full Synopsis : "Anyone can see the place where the children died. You take the Princes Highway past Geelong, and keep going west in the direction of Colac. Late in August 2006, soon after I had watched a magistrate commit Robert Farquharson to stand trial before a jury on three charges of murder, I headed out that way on a Sunday morning, across the great volcanic plain. On the evening of 4 September 2005, Father’s Day, Robert Farquharson, a separated husband, was driving his three sons home to their mother, Cindy, when his car left the road and plunged into a dam. The boys, aged ten, seven and two, drowned. Was this an act of revenge or a tragic accident? The court case became Helen Garner’s obsession. She followed it on its protracted course until the final verdict. In this utterly compelling book, Helen Garner tells the story of a man and his broken life. She presents the theatre of the courtroom with its actors and audience – all gathered to bear witness to the truth – players in the extraordinary and unpredictable drama of the quest for justice. This House of Grief is a heartbreaking and unputdownable book by one of Australia’s most admired writers."Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."