♥ 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 ..."
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♥ 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 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 ..."
♥ 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 : Honour and Other People's Children
☯ Full Synopsis : "Honour is about a couple whose marriage, though abandoned in practice, persists in spirit. But the arrival of a new lover obliges them to make a proper separation and draw their child into the conflict."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 : True Stories
☯ Full Synopsis : "Spanning forty years of work, True Stories is the collected essays, stories and diary entries of one of Australia's greatest writers"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 : Stories
☯ Full Synopsis : "‘Garner is a natural storyteller.’ James Wood, New Yorker This handsome edition of Helen Garner’s collected short fiction celebrates the seventy-fifth birthday of one of Australia’s most loved authors. These stories—that delve into the complexities of love and longing, of the pain, darkness and joy of life—are all told with her characteristic sharpness of observation, honesty and humour. Each one a perfect piece, together they showcase Garner’s mastery of the form. Helen Garner writes novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham–Campbell Literature Prize for non-fiction. Garner won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction for Postcards from Surfers, and the Victorian and Queensland Premiers’ Awards, as well as the Barbara Jefferis Award, for her novel The Spare Room. Everywhere I Look won the 2017 Indie Book Award for Non Fiction. ‘Garner’s stories share characteristics of the postcard: they flash before us carefully recorded images that remind us of harsher realities not pictured. 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.’ New York Times ‘A perfect introduction for first-timers who have not yet experienced the pleasures of Garner’s writing.’ Sydney Morning Herald ‘Stories and True Stories are handsome companion volumes deservedly celebrating Helen Garner, our greatest contemporary practitioner of observation, self-interrogation and compassion. Everything she writes, in her candid, graceful prose, rings true, enlightens, stays.’ Joan London, Sydney Morning Herald’s Year in Reading ‘Published in beautiful editions to celebrate life given shape in words.’ Drusilla Modjeska, Sydney Morning Herald’s Year in Reading ‘Both of these books are concerned with moments of heartbreak and of hope, with loneliness and love, and with great cruelties, and the things that drive people to them. They are animated by a desire to understand what seems unfathomable, and to pay attention to the small pleasures of the everyday. Garner's precise descriptions, her interest in minute shifts of emotion, and the ways in which we reveal ourselves to others are always at work in these books, and make them a real joy to read.’ Age ‘As I leaf through the volumes, having just re-read both of them, I am still brought up short by another revelatory insight of the everyday...I could go on and on, but I am out of words. Many happy returns Helen Garner!’ Adelaide Advertiser"Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Children's Bach
☯ Full Synopsis : "Athena and Dexter lead an enclosed family life, innocent of fashion and bound towards a disturbed child. Their comfortable rut is disrupted by the arrival of Elizabeth, a tough nut from Dexter's past. With her three charming, chaotic hangers-on, she draws the couple out into a world whose casual egotism they had barely dreamed of. How can they get home again?"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 : 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 ..."