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Five Things For June

Everywhere I look | Helen Garner My favourite in Helen Garner’s new collection of essays has to be How To Marry Your Daughters, a re-reading of Pride and Prejudice told with her trademark thoughtful and shrewd observations, such as “Lydia Bennet, at sixteen, is a piece of trash.” Couldn’t put it down. 184 more words

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Not drowning, but waving

(The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed on stormy seas)

My reading list has been eclectic to say the least recently, as I’ve been working with Casemate, a military history publishing company, on a series of WW1 military fiction. 714 more words

Garner giving us grief

A writer’s review of Helen Garner’s This House of Grief.

HOW can an average Aussie bloke be present at one of the worst deaths imaginable – the swift drowning of his three sons inside his car in a deep, dark dam – without managing to recall a single coherent fact or memory about how or why it took place? 915 more words


The First Stone - Helen Garner

I am a long-time fan of Helen Garner so it is perhaps surprising that it has taken me so long to read The First Stone… 1,039 more words


Parenting and '70s Oz culture

Historian Gary Foley says we should learn who our parents and grandparents were, to know ourselves. Wise advice when everything we say and do reflects whether we rejected or absorbed their ways. 368 more words

This House of Grief

This House of Grief

Helen Garner

3 Stars

With what starts out almost like a fairytale; a hard-working Aussie bloke and his young family building their dream house in a Victorian country town, the happily-ever-after is soon shattered in the next paragraph; when the wife decides to leave her husband. 370 more words


Joe Cinque's Consolation, A True Story of Death, Grief and the Law

Joe Cinque’s Consolation, A True Story of Death, Grief and the Law

Helen Garner

4 Stars

From one of Australia’s greatest writers Helen Garner depicts, with great professionalism, the harrowing murder that occurred on a Sunday evening, in October 1997. 264 more words