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.
`True Stories by Helen Garner-I mean, really. Helen. Helen Garner. Do you hear that sound? It is the sound of glitter cannons exploding in my heart.' * Marieke Hardy, Melbourne Writers Festival Staff Summer Reading List * `This is the power of Garner's writing. She drills into experience and comes up with such clean, precise distillations of life, once you read them they enter into you. Successive generations of writers have felt the keen influence of her work and for this reason Garner has become part of us all.' * Australian * `Memoirist, fiction writer, faction writer, journalist? Australian critics and booksellers have stopped trying to pigeonhole Melburnian writer Helen Garner and now just give her prizes...These stories and essays are the work of a natural storyteller, of an unsparing yet sympathetic eye...It's all wonderful stuff: unstinting honesty, clarity and charm. Dive in.' * North & South * `[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 *
Number Of Pages: 800
Published: 30th October 2017
Publisher: Text Publishing Co
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.2 x 5.3
Weight (kg): 0.99