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The Feel of Steel - Helen Garner

The Feel of Steel

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"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 Some pieces were published in The Age, some are previously unpublished, but woven together they present as an evocative memoir, and offer a wonderfully personal portrait of an always unconventional talent.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.

About the Author

Helen Garner was born in Geelong in 1942, and lives in Melbourne. Since her novel Monkey Grip appeared in 1977, she has published four more books of fiction and a great deal of journalism. Her recent books include the screen play for the movie The Last Days of Chez Nous, The First Stone, True Stories, Joe Cinque's Consolation and, forthcoming in 2008, The Gap in the Fence.

Helen Garner

Helen Garner’s first novel, Monkey Grip, was published in 1977, and immediately established her as an original voice on the Australian literary scene. She is known for incorporating and adapting her personal experiences in her fiction, something that has brought her both praise and criticism, particularly with her novels, Monkey Grip and The Spare Room.

Throughout her career, Garner has written both fiction and non-fiction. She attracted controversy with her book The First Stone about a sexual harassment scandal in a university college. She has also written for film and theatre, and has consistently won awards for her work.

In subsequent books, she has continued to adapt her personal experiences. Her later novels include The Children’s Bach and Cosmo Cosmolino. In 2008 she returned to fiction writing with the publication of The Spare Room, a fictional treatment of caring for a dying cancer patient, based on the illness and death of Garner’s friend Jenya Osborne. She has also published several short story collections: Honour & Other People’s Children: two stories, Postcards from Surfers and My Hard Heart: Selected Fictions.

Her most recent book is This House of Grief.

Visit Helen Garner's Booktopia Author Page


ISBN: 9780330362894
ISBN-10: 0330362895
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st April 2008
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 20.0 x 13.3  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.19
Edition Number: 1