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Everywhere I Look - Helen Garner

Paperback Published: 28th March 2016
ISBN: 9781925355369
Number Of Pages: 240

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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.

Caroline Baum's Review

How does she do it? Helen Garner's eye is sharper than ever in this collection of essays. Her prose is bracing and invigorating, like a dip in cool clear water. Even the most mundane object or experience is transformed into something rich. She could write about a table leg and make it interesting. Actually, in this collection, she does write about a table, if not exactly the leg, and it is interesting. And she has lots of company: we see her out in the world, surrounded by friends, grandchildren, fellow writers, and get a strong sense of the kinship and fellowship of social Helen, having perhaps in the past known her more as solitary Helen when she was licking her wounds. There is pleasure here, tempered by regret and darkness, all of it expressed in language brimming with vitality, shaped with economy and precision. Wonderful.

About the Author

Helen Garner is an award-winning author of novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature. Her novel The Spare Room, published in 2008, won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction, the Queensland Premier's Award for Fiction and the Barbara Jefferis Award, and has been translated into many languages. Her most recent book is This House of Grief.


Everywhere I Look - Helen Garner


Fantastic read. Essential reading for Helen Garner fans.



Garner at her best


Loved the short story format and the clever grouping of stories. Moved to tears by stories about family.

Swan Reach Victoria


Helen Garner at her best


I'm a die- hard Helen Garner fan and read whatever I see of her writing. I love her nonfiction reflective essays specially, like these. I had read a lot of them before, when published in The Monthly and elsewhere. I was a little disappointed that not much was new to me, but I reread them happily, they stood a second read, in another time, and I'm happy to be able to share with family and friends.



See my review for "True Stories"


I confess up front that I read everything that Helen Garner has ever written. I even took a copy of "The First Stone" on my honeymoon (not a good sign but that's another story). This book is wonderful, engaging and every Australian and every student of literature and well, everyone who can read should read it. Buy it and her entire back catalogue.

Sydney, Australian


A wonderful book


This is a personal work of essays that is totally worth reading & enjoyable.

engadine nsw


Brilliant recollections


Perceptive collection of short stories and recollections.Very frank,honest and disarming writer.



Helen Garner shines


Another brilliant book from Helen Garner, this compilation of short stories is fantastic. Garner is such a skilled writer, her sentences are so beautifully crafted.



I would read this book again and again


I adore Helen Garner's work.She is the queen of writing about the everyday & ordinary in a way that makes it extraordinary and your heart soars.Such great writing takes dedication and a sublime attention to detail which is obvious in this book.

N.S.W Australia




One off the best books I have read in a long time. Helen Garner never disappoints.

Lakes Entrance, AU


Everywhere I Look


I am a Helen Garner fan. I read everything published of hers. I will highly recommend her as a writer for thinking people.

South Australia



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'Helen Garner is an invaluable guide into harrowing territory and offers powerful and unforgettable insights.' -- Kate Atkinson on This House of Grief

'Garner's spare, clean style flowers into magnificent poetry.' -- Australian Book Review on This House of Grief

'Her voice-intimate yet sharp, wry yet urgent-inspires trust.' -- Atlantic on This House of Grief

'There's not a word wasted or out of place. Garner observes, intuits, shares and cares about the lives she writes about like no-one else. Readers will laugh, cry, squirm and gasp and wonder. It's Garner's unique gift as a writer, and it's beautifully realised in Everywhere I Look.' -- Books + Publishing

ISBN: 9781925355369
ISBN-10: 1925355365
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 28th March 2016
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.4  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.32

Helen Garner

About the Author

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.

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