♥ 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 : Monkey Grip
☯ Full Synopsis : "Helen Garner’s gritty, lyrical first novel divided the critics on its publication in 1977. Today, Monkey Grip is regarded as a masterpiece—the novel that shines a light on a time and a place and a way of living never before presented in Australian literature: communal households, music, friendships, children, love, drugs, and sex. When Nora falls in love with Javo, she is caught in the web of his addiction; and as he moves between loving her and leaving, between his need for her and promises broken, Nora’s life becomes an intense dance of loving and trying to let go. Helen Garner is one of Australia’s finest authors. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham–Campbell Prize for non-fiction. Her novels include Monkey Grip, The Children’s Bach, Cosmo Cosmolino and The Spare Room. I rolled and rolled in the water, deafening my ears while I thought of, and discarded, all the reasons why I shouldn’t go. I popped up, hanging on to the rail, hair streaming on my neck. ‘OK. I’ll come.’ Javo was looking at me. So, afterwards, it is possible to see the beginning of things, the point at which you had already plunged in, while at the time you thought you were only testing the water with your toe. ‘Garner is a natural storyteller.’ James Wood, New Yorker ‘Her use of language is sublime.’ Scotsman ‘This is the power of Garner’s writing. She drills into experience and comes up with such clean, precise distillations of life, once you read them they enter into you. Successive generations of writers have felt the keen influence of her work and for this reason Garner has become part of us all.’ Australian ‘Its embattled characters are so real that by the last page you feel not just that you have read a magnificent novel but that you have experienced life itself.’ The Times on The Spare Room"Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Monkey Grip
☯ Full Synopsis : "Inner-suburban Melbourne in the 1970s: a world of communal living, drugs, music and love. In this acclaimed first novel, Helen Garner captures the fluid relationships of a community of friends who are living and loving in new ways. Nora falls in love with Javo the junkie, and together they try to make sense of their lives and the choices they have made. But caught in an increasingly ambiguous relationship, they are unable to let go - and the harder they pull away from each other, the tighter the monkey grip. 'A lyrical, rough-edged novel full of warmth and uncompromising feeling' The Sunday Age"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 : Dungeons & Dragons Hardcover Publications: Complete warrior : a player's guide to combat for all classes
☯ Full Synopsis : "The most detailed D&D¨ sourcebook on combat ever released."Article| Andy Collins| 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 : 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 : His Monkey Wife
☯ Full Synopsis : "A schoolmaster in the heart of Africa takes his best and most attentive student, a chimp, to England. The chimp, Emily, has learned to read and obtained a classically trained mind. We listen as her thoughts become a searchlight upon the English culture of the 1920s. A remarkable social satire, and a best seller."Article| John Collier| 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 : The Monkey's Mask
☯ Full Synopsis : "A fast-paced, darkly humorous, erotic mystery thriller written in verse stars a lesbian private investigator who becomes caught up in a web of murder, deceit, and passionate sexual activity."Article| Dorothy Porter| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : The Timeless Land
☯ Full Synopsis : "A historical novel about the earliest days of the European settlement in Australia. These were times of hardship, cruelty and danger. They were also the times of conflict between the Aborigines and the white settlers."Article| Eleanor Dark| Statement ..."
♥ Book Title : Everywhere I Look
☯ Full Synopsis : "I pedal over to Kensington just after dark. As I roll along the lane towards the railway underpass, a young Asian woman on her way home from the station walks out of the tunnel towards me. After she passes there’s a stillness, a moment of silent freshness that feels like spring. Helen Garner is one of Australia’s greatest writers. Her short non-fiction has enormous range. Spanning fifteen years of work, Everywhere I Look is a book full of unexpected moments, sudden shafts of light, piercing intuition, flashes of anger and incidental humour. It takes us from backstage at the ballet to the trial of a woman for the murder of her newborn baby. It moves effortlessly from the significance of moving house to the pleasure of re-reading Pride and Prejudice. Everywhere I Look includes Garner’s famous and controversial essay on the insults of age, her deeply moving tribute to her mother and extracts from her diaries, which have been part of her working life for as long as she has been a writer. Everywhere I Look glows with insight. It is filled with the wisdom of life."Article| Helen Garner| Statement ..."