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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


Book Review: Joe Cinque's Consolation by Helen Garner

Reading this book is a bit of a divergence for me as I’m an almost exclusive fiction reader but I saw it in the book store after coincidentally catching a… 686 more words


My Top 12 Australian Books

Today the lovely Kim of Reading Matters posted a list of ten books written by Australian authors she loves in honour of Australia Day. So I asked if I could copy her. 2,387 more words

Random Savidgeness

Melbourne, Australia: Chlorine and Rock'n'Roll

“We talked about things I had never talked about before: what it meant to be alive in 1975”

I grew up in the outer suburbs of Melbourne among rows of red brick and tile houses, with Skyhooks playing on the stereo and the smell of chlorine from backyard swimming pools. 1,133 more words