Helen Garner





Helen Garner

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born
in Geelong, Australia
January 01, 1942

gender
female


About this author

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.

Praise for Helen Garner's work

'Helen Garner is an extraordinarily good writer. There is not a paragraph, let alone a page, where she does not compel your attention.'
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'She is outstanding in the accuracy of her observations, the intensity of passio...more


Average rating: 3.68 · 5,654 ratings · 663 reviews · 33 distinct works · Similar authors
The Spare Room
3.59 of 5 stars 3.59 avg rating — 1,927 ratings — published 2008 — 34 editions
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Joe Cinque's Consolation, A...
3.95 of 5 stars 3.95 avg rating — 1,066 ratings — published 2004 — 3 editions
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Monkey Grip
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 1,112 ratings — published 1977 — 13 editions
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The First Stone: Some Quest...
3.52 of 5 stars 3.52 avg rating — 482 ratings — published 1995 — 5 editions
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The Children's Bach
3.44 of 5 stars 3.44 avg rating — 281 ratings — published 1984 — 9 editions
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Postcards from Surfers
3.54 of 5 stars 3.54 avg rating — 155 ratings — published 1986 — 7 editions
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True Stories: Selected Non ...
3.98 of 5 stars 3.98 avg rating — 114 ratings — published 1997 — 4 editions
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The Feel Of Steel
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 94 ratings — published 2008
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Cosmo Cosmolino
3.22 of 5 stars 3.22 avg rating — 125 ratings — published 1992 — 7 editions
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My Hard Heart: Selected Fic...
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 avg rating — 31 ratings2 editions
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“Death will not be denied. To try is grandiose. It drives madness into the soul. It leaches out virtue. It injects poison into friendship, and makes a mockery of love.”
Helen Garner, The Spare Room

“How on earth could he not see it? It stood on the wooden floor behind him, in the corner just inside the door, where the light from the hallway poorly fell: an old-fashioned alarm clock with three blunt stumps for legs and a bell like a Prussian helmet. Its face, a faithful little moon, was turned up to her, its hands were spread to plead innocence, and its inner mechanism emitted without ceasing the rapid ribbon of blows called the passing of time.”
Helen Garner, Cosmo Cosmolino

“Ray kept well away from the shed. He hated the loony gestures of the furniture, its bossiness, the way Maxine would shape a table to enclose the sitter at it, trapping him like a baby in a high chair or a school boy at his inkwell.”
Helen Garner, Cosmo Cosmolino

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