Helen Garner

in Geelong, Australia
January 01, 1942

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.

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'Helen Garner is an extraordinarily good writer. There is not a paragraph, let alone a page, where she does not compel your attention.'

'She is outstanding in the accuracy of her observations, the intensity of passio

Average rating: 3.89 · 30,662 ratings · 2,973 reviews · 42 distinct worksSimilar authors
This House of Grief

4.05 avg rating — 5,670 ratings — published 2014 — 11 editions
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Joe Cinque's Consolation: A...

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The Spare Room

3.80 avg rating — 5,690 ratings — published 2008 — 46 editions
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Monkey Grip

3.74 avg rating — 4,134 ratings — published 1977 — 19 editions
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Everywhere I Look

4.08 avg rating — 2,938 ratings — published 2016 — 5 editions
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The First Stone: Some Quest...

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The Children's Bach

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True Stories: Selected Non ...

4.03 avg rating — 678 ratings — published 1996 — 9 editions
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Yellow Notebook: Diaries Vo...

4.15 avg rating — 486 ratings — published 2019 — 3 editions
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Stories: The Collected Shor...

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“I had always thought that sorrow was the most exhausting of the emotions. Now I knew that it was anger.”
Helen Garner, The Spare Room

“When, in the street, I see a mother walking with her grown-up daughter, I can hardly bear to witness the mother’s pride, the softening of her face, her incredulous joy at being granted her daughter’s company; and the iron discipline she imposes on herself, to muffle and conceal this joy.”
Helen Garner, Everywhere I Look

“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


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