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True Stories : Selected Non-Fiction - Helen Garner

True Stories

Selected Non-Fiction

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'Helen Garner writes the best sentences in Australia. This collection of her non-fiction carries all the evidence one needs to back that judgement. It is a book that should be in the hands of anyone who wants to write . . . Even if you are a Garner fan, there will be something here to surprise you . . . Garner's prose is like a dry-stone wall in which every rock has been hefted in the hand, looked at hard and then placed with care into its proper slot . . . Her words have precise, apt meanings, especially the adjectives. Her verbs, workhorses of this prose, are stung, agile and fresh. The sentences roll and glide in pleasing rhythms. This is not fast food; it demands to be savoured.' Bulletin

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A 'must read' particularly for fans of Garner's non-fiction

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      Anyone who has read even one of Garner's non-fiction books should read this. It is a beautifully written account of some of her best stories, her process, and how she came to be a writer. This collection of personal essays provides an intriguing account into the world of one of our best literary writers.

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      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: 9781921351846
      ISBN-10: 1921351845
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 286
      Published: 29th September 2008
      Country of Publication: AU
      Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9  x 1.9
      Weight (kg): 0.2