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True Stories : The Collected Short Non-Fiction - Helen Garner

True Stories

The Collected Short Non-Fiction


Published: 30th October 2017
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An extraordinary book of collected short non-fiction, spanning fifty years of work, by one of Australia’s great writers.

Helen Garner visits the morgue, and goes cruising on a Russian ship. She sees women giving birth, and gets the sack for teaching her students about sex. She attends a school dance and a gun show.

She writes about dreaming, about turning fifty, and the storm caused by The First Stone. Her story on the murder of the two-year-old Daniel Valerio wins her a Walkley Award.

Garner looks at the world with a shrewd and sympathetic eye. Her non-fiction is always passionate and compelling.


Thought provoking as expected.


You can always rely on Helen Garner to tell it as it is. She makes you think about your own thoughts on life.

Western Australia.


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`[Garner's] writing expresses a hard-won grace. It brings you closer to the world, and shows you how to love it.' * Monthly * `Garner can write about everything for every reader...Her tone throughout is one of considerable charm and approachability. Five minutes in Garner's company, you feel, and you'd be telling her your deepest secrets.' * Neil Stewart, Civilian Global * `Garner is scrupulous, painstaking, and detailed, with sharp eyes and ears. She is everywhere at once, watching and listening, a recording angel at life's secular apocalypses...her unillusioned eye makes her clarity compulsive.' * James Wood, New Yorker *

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.

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ISBN: 9781925498875
ISBN-10: 1925498875
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 800
Published: 30th October 2017
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.9 x 16.4  x 5.3
Weight (kg): 0.97