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'This House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trial' by Helen Garner

Non-fiction – Kindle edition; Text Publishing; 304 pages; 2014.

One spring evening in 2005, a car veered across the Princes Highway in rural Victoria, Australia, crashed through a fence and plunged into a farm dam. 762 more words

Book Review

Australia's Favourite Author 2015 - Places 40-31

January is the month of Australian Stories at Booktopia, and to celebrate we’re counting down Australia’s 50 Favourite Authors, as voted by you!

Yesterday’s announcement… 1,566 more words

Australian Author

dropping into the water

“To slide into the domed reading room at ten each morning, specially in summer, off the hot street outside, was a sensation as delicious as dropping into the water off the concrete edge of the Fitzroy Baths.”

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The Children's Bach - Helen Garner

Today is the last day of my three weeks off and what a wonderful time I’ve had reading, reading, reading. I’ve been on a bit of an Australian fiction kick because I was thinking about the sort of stories writers choose to tell. 644 more words


On Helen Garner

Thoughts on Helen Garner

I’ve just finished reading ‘This House of Grief’, Garner’s latest non-fiction work. It was almost too painful to read at times, not only because of its ghastly subject matter, but also due to Helen’s signature style: holding nothing back, inviting the reader to share with her the horror of seeing a man accused, wrongly or rightly, of drowning his three little sons. 435 more words

Australian Writers

How do you address inequalities without reversing the discrimination?

It is possible to travel through your twenties without experiencing overt discrimination. You have the advantage of youth, looks and disposable income. Perhaps it’s the irritation felt by Helen Garner in The First Stone when empowered women wanted to punish an individual with a big stick, whilst inequities continued to women without the same level of education and opportunities. 178 more words

Helen Garner, This house of grief: The story of a murder trial (Review)

Well you might ask why you would want to read a book about the trial of a man accused of murdering his three sons by driving his car into a dam and escaping the car himself? 1,249 more words

Australian Literature