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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Why she broke


The woman, her children and the lake: Akon Guode’s tragic story

Going the bloody hard way


Notes on Micheline Lee’s ‘The Healing Party’

The darkness in every one of us


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

The insults of age


A one-woman assault on condescension

Mother courage


At home with Rosie Batty

A funny thing happened on the way to Adelaide


A car accident brings an unlikely collection of people together

Illustration by Jeff Fisher.

Death in Brunswick

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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


Defending the indefensible

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

‘Hemingway & Gellhorn’ by Philip Kaufman (director)


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 …