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A Story of Grief: Penguin Specials

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When Jill Meagher went missing and was then found murdered in 2012, the city of Melbourne was shaken to the core. Emotional responses ranged from grief to guilt to rage to defensiveness, but no one was left untouched. The media coverage was unrelenting and overwhelming, constantly updating readers and viewers on the latest awful details, and friends and neighbours couldn't ...more
44 pages
Published September 30th 2013 by Penguin Books Australia
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Sep 16, 2015 Elaine rated it liked it
This was another of those quick read Penguin gems. This time about the horrible rape and murder of Jill Meagher and the effects on the community as a whole. It was more about a "collective" grief over these sad events than it was a description of the death. How the death of a stranger can affect so many people...and make us feel that we knew the victim and especially in this case how many women were affected by this awful event. I really enjoy slipping these little books in between my other ...more
Sep 20, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was ok
Shelves: australia, true-crime
Aptly named, A Story Of Grief details Michaela McGuire's attempt to deconstruct the act of mass mourning in a Melbournian context through the lens of the 2012 killing of Jill Meagher. I will always applaud reflexivity, and thoroughly appreciate McGuire's analysis of the personal and political dimensions of the grief that follows a high-profile crime like this one. However, despite the extremely short length, I had a number of issues with the text.

Most glaringly, McGuire makes a number of strawm
Nov 13, 2013 Jenna rated it liked it
This is a very brief but effective account of the murder of Jill Meagher and the way the public grieved over this woman we didn't know. Though as McGuire highlights, while she may have been a stranger, at the same time Jill was someone who many of us recognised - we saw ourselves in her. As McGuire writes: "It could have happened to me, went the uneasy shiver, the near miss, the sentiment, the relief, the guilt, and then the grief. It could have happened to any of us, but it didn't. It happened ...more
Feb 06, 2014 Chai1965 rated it liked it
This had some good ideas but it read a bit like a first draft. Extremely brief. For anyone who didn't know the details of the case, I think much would have been confusing. There were references to 'prominent Australian feminist' and 'prominent overseas feminist' which I think would have been more powerful if their names had been used - did these people not want to be named? Or were they not asked?It seemed to oscillate between being a personal opinion piece and trying to be something bigger but ...more
James Tierney
Jan 14, 2014 James Tierney rated it it was ok
It's hard to know what to make of this.
'A Story of Grief' reads as a magazine colour piece when the questions it asks about performative grief and public safety are large and profound.
Set in large type across a generously spaced forty-four pages, 'A Story of Grief' (2012)' perhaps inevitably feels like it is too close to the events it describes (2012) to be any more than a re-telling. Even so, its generalised phrasing fails to add much insight into the generalised grief felt for a stranger.
Jacinta Hanrahan
Oct 25, 2013 Jacinta Hanrahan rated it liked it
This was a very slim book - 44 pages & large typeface - but it was punchy. Thought the commentary was good but think it could have done with more details about the case.
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Michaela McGuire's first book, Apply Within: Stories of Career Sabotage, was published in 2009. She writes a weekly blog for The Monthly called Twirling Towards Freedom, and her Penguin Special A Story of Grief was published in 2013.
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