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The Spare Room - Helen Garner


Published: April 2008
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Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction Queensland Premier’s Award for Fiction Barbara Jefferis Award Shortlisted, WA Premier’s Awards, 2008 Shortlisted, NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction Shortlisted, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Shortlisted, Australian Literary Society Gold Medal Shortlisted, Colin Roderick Award

Product Description

Helen lovingly prepares her spare room for her friend Nicola. She is coming to visit for three weeks, to receive treatment she believes will cure her cancer.

From the moment Nicola staggers off the plane, gaunt and hoarse but still somehow grand, Helen becomes her nurse, her guardian angel and her stony judge.

The Spare Room tells a story of compassion, humour and rage. The two women—one sceptical, one stubbornly serene—negotiate an unmapped path through Nicola’s bizarre therapy, stumbling towards the novel’s terrible and transcendent finale.

Praise for The Spare Room:

‘It’s a book which asks unavoidable and painful questions, not least about the nature of friendship, with a clarity that offers no room for evasion. It refuses to offer easy answers or false comfort. A book for grown-up people, in other words. And the Lord knows, there are a lot of the other sort about.' — Hilary Mantel

‘A perfect novel, imbued with all Garner’s usual clear-eyed grace but with some other magnificent dimension that hides between the lines of her simple conversational voice. How is it that she can enter this heart-breaking territory—the dying friend who comes to stay—and make it not only bearable, but glorious, and funny? There is no answer except: Helen Garner is a great writer; The Spare Room is a great book.’ — Peter Carey

‘The Spare Room : Garner’s first novel in fifteen years, a lean claustrophobic drama about a cancer sufferer and the friend she calls on for help, illuminates the big questions of what it means to be human, and makes me glad I am a reader.’ — Australian Literary Review

‘Masterful.’ — Vogue

About the Author

Helen Garner was born in Geelong in 1942. She has worked extensively as a journalist, reviewer and scriptwriter. She has published numerous works of fiction, non-fiction and short-stories. The Spare Room is her first work of fiction in fifteen years.

Helen Garner

Helen Garner was born in Geelong in 1942. She has published many works of fiction including Monkey Grip, Cosmo Cosmolino and The Children's Bach. Her fiction has won numerous awards. She is also one of Australia's most respected non-fiction writers, and received a Walkley Award for journalism in 1993.

Her most recent books are The First Stone, True Stories, My Hard Heart, The Feel of Stone and Joe Cinque's Consolation. In 2006 she won the Melbourne Prize for Literature. She lives in Melbourne.

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ISBN: 9781921351396
ISBN-10: 192135139X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: April 2008
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 21.9 x 14.3  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 21.9
Edition Number: 1