Yellow Notebook: Diaries Volume I 1978–1986
Helen Garner has kept a diary for almost all her life. But until now, those exercise books filled with her thoughts, observations, frustrations and joys have been locked away, out of bounds, in a laundry cupboard.
Finally, Garner has opened her diaries and invited readers into the world behind her novels and works of non-fiction. Recorded with frankness, humour and steel...more
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As with every piece of writing that’s got any value, there’s a sort of line there’s a thread of muscle that runs through it and this is something that if you teach writing, or i ...more
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Diaries are always a very personal kind of writing, especially this book which is written in fragments, some of them fairly short and some of them longer, Helen Garner's life, thoughts, experiences, emotions and also events in soc ...more
‘[Garner’s] writing expresses a hard-won grace. It brings you closer to the world, and shows you how to love it.’
‘[Garner] experiences the consequences of her writing so acutely, and that is what makes her so extraordinary—you can read the suffering in every word’
'There is so much wisdom in this book that we can be grateful that Garner has decided to share it around.’
Michael McGirr, ...more
Helen Garner is one of Australia's great writers and she allows us to read her observation ...more
My copy is thick with book darts marking the passages that I wish to quote; too many! She is kind and mean; gossipy and snippy and needy, but also generous and loving. She is spiteful. She is funny. She is hon ...more
"Marriage is a kind of... mystical union", said the new father. "You're not only you anymore." Mystical union. I stared at him. The size of the statement, the theological term, dropped casually at the table. I have never, ever felt such a thing, and do not expect to. I feel that 'in the end there's only you'."
"Is this the artists fate? Always to be loved less than I need; or somehow repel love, or what is seen as myth or dream of our society as normal marital love? ...more
Helen Garner is one of my literary heroes, established for good or bad as one of Australia's best known, most controversial writers—it's shocking to read the thoughts of a writer just beginning her car ...more
Her most recent books are The First Stone, True Stories, My Hard Heart, The Feel of Stone and Joe ...more