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Helen Garner

Helen Garner writes novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham–Campbell Prize for non-fiction. In 2019 she was honoured with the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. And in 2023 she was awarded the ASA Medal for her outstanding contribution to Australian literature. Her works include Monkey Grip, The Children’s Bach, The First Stone, The Spare Room, This House of Grief and three volumes of her diaries. She lives in Melbourne.

Listen to Helen Garner talking to Richard Fidler on his podcast, Conversations
Read a fascinating profile of Helen Garner in the Guardian 
Eric Jensen interviews Helen Garner in the Monthly, June 2018 
Helen Garner discusses Yellow Notebook with David Astle on ABC Radio Melbourne 
‘I didn't censor’: Helen Garner's unflinching look at her past self in the Age 
Michael McGirr reviews Yellow Notebook in the Age: Spectrum 
Yellow Notebook reviewd in the Guardian 
Helen Garner writes about the reasons behind publishing her personal diaries in the Guardian 
Yellow Notebook reviewed in the Saturday Paper 
Helen Garner discusses Yellow Notebook with Matthew Condon in the Australian ($)
Age: Helen Garner to be honoured as a pioneer by the book industry  
Age: What is it about Helen Garner? One reader's appreciation  
Guardian: ‘I may be an old woman, but I'm not done for yet’  
Monthly: Helen Garner’s Lockdown Diaries   
Electric Literature: 10 Australian Women Writers You Should Be Reading   
Conversation: ‘I will not hide’    
Public Books: Mandy Sayer interviews Helen Garner, 1989    
Paris Review: Helen Garner, The Art of Fiction No. 255 ($)    
Brisbane Times: A writer of the first rank: Reflections on Helen Garner’s amazing opus    
Guardian: Helen Garner on happiness: ‘It’s taken me 80 years to figure out it’s not a tranquil, sunlit realm’     
New Yorker: Persons of Interest: The Startling Candor of Helen Garner      
Financial Times: ‘Helen Garner, the greatest Australian writer you’re yet to read’ ($)     
ABC News: Leslie Jamison on Helen Garner    

Titles byHelen Garner
  • The Season
    The Season
    Helen Garner
  • One Day I'll Remember This
    One Day I'll Remember This
    Helen Garner
  • How to End a Story
    How to End a Story
    Helen Garner
  • Yellow Notebook
    Yellow Notebook
    Helen Garner
  • Stories
    Helen Garner
  • The Children’s Bach
    The Children’s Bach
    Helen Garner
  • Monkey Grip
    Monkey Grip
    Helen Garner
  • True Stories
    True Stories
    Helen Garner
  • Honour & Other People’s Children
    Honour & Other People’s Children
    Helen Garner
  • Everywhere I Look
    Everywhere I Look
    Helen Garner
  • The Last Days of Chez Nous & Two Friends
    The Last Days of Chez Nous & Two Friends
    Helen Garner
  • This House of Grief
    This House of Grief
    Helen Garner
  • Cosmo Cosmolino
    Cosmo Cosmolino
    Helen Garner
  • The Spare Room
    The Spare Room
    Helen Garner
Introduced byHelen Garner
  • Forty-One False Starts
    Forty-One False Starts