Helen Garner


Helen Garner
Helen Garner is an award-winning novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Her books include Monkey Grip, The Children’s BachThe Spare Room and This House of Grief.



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Going the bloody hard way

blog

Notes on Micheline Lee’s ‘The Healing Party’

The darkness in every one of us

Culture

The author of ‘This House of Grief’ and ‘Joe Cinque’s Consolation’ on writing about darkness

The insults of age

Society

A one-woman assault on condescension

Mother courage

Society

At home with Rosie Batty

A funny thing happened on the way to Adelaide

Society

A car accident brings an unlikely collection of people together

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Death in Brunswick

Social media

The rooftop bar was buzzing, late on a warm Friday afternoon. My friend and I found a spot under an umbrella and ordered up. Each of us was secretly longing to talk about the fact that the cops had charged a man with the rape and murder of Jill Meagher, …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Lost cause

Law

Defending the indefensible

'Hemingway and Gellhorn', Philip Kaufman (director).Screening on Showtime in September.

‘Hemingway & Gellhorn’ by Philip Kaufman (director)

essay

Writers are notoriously impossible to make good movies about, and director Philip Kaufman in his disastrous new film has tackled a challenging pair: Ernest Hemingway (Clive Owen), the Nobel Laureate and world-class self-mythologiser, and Martha Gellhorn …

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Meek no more

Society

The teenager in pyjamas on the dawn flight from Newcastle, entranced by her reflection in a magnifying mirror, spent the trip applying a full face of make-up. From her headset issued the standard tss tss tss, but at such savage volume that the …

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