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Helen Garner
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Helen Garner

Helen Garner was born in 1942 in Geelong, and was educated there and at Melbourne University. She taught in Victorian secondary schools until 1972, when she was dismissed for answering her students’ questions about sex, and had to start writing journalism for a living.

Her first novel, Monkey Grip, came out in 1977, won the 1978 National Book Council Award, and was adapted for film in 1981. Since then she has published novels, short stories, essays, and feature journalism. Her screenplay The Last Days of Chez Nous was filmed in 1990. Garner has won many prizes, among them a Walkley Award for her 1993 article about the murder of two-year-old Daniel Valerio. In 1995 she published The First Stone, a controversial account of a Melbourne University sexual harassment case. Joe Cinque’s Consolation (2004) was a non-fiction study of two murder trials in Canberra.

In 2006 Helen Garner received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature. Her most recent novel, The Spare Room (2008), has been translated into many languages.

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 

Titles byHelen Garner
  • The Last Days of Chez Nous & Two Friends
    The Last Days of Chez Nous & Two Friends
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  • Honour & Other People’s Children
    Honour & Other People’s Children
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  • Stories
    Stories
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  • True Stories
    True Stories
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  • Cosmo Cosmolino
    Cosmo Cosmolino
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  • The Spare Room
    The Spare Room
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  • This House of Grief
    This House of Grief
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  • True Stories
    True Stories
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  • Everywhere I Look
    Everywhere I Look
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