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Monkey Grip

Introduction by Charlotte Wood

An elegant hardback edition of the novel that launched Helen Garner’s career.

Helen Garner’s gritty, lyrical first novel divided the critics on its publication in 1977. Today, Monkey Grip is regarded as a masterpiece—the novel that shines a light on a time and a place and a way of living never before presented in Australian literature: communal households, music, friendships, children, love, drugs, and sex.

When Nora falls in love with Javo, she is caught in the web of his addiction; and as he moves between loving her and leaving, between his need for her and promises broken, Nora’s life becomes an intense dance of loving and trying to let go.

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BBC.com , ‘The 100 stories that shaped the world’, Jun 18

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About the Author

Helen Garner is one of Australia’s finest authors. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham–Campbell Prize for non-fiction. Her novels include Monkey Grip, The Children’s Bach, Cosmo Cosmolino and The Spare Room.

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Extent:
352pp
Format:
Hardback
Text publication date:
29 October 2018
ISBN:
9781925773156
AU Price:
$29.99
NZ Price:
$37.00
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Praise for Helen Garner
andMonkey Grip

‘Garner is a natural storyteller.’

‘Her use of language is sublime.’

‘This is the power of Garner’s writing. She drills into experience and comes up with such clean, precise distillations of life, once you read them they enter into you. Successive generations of writers have felt the keen influence of her work and for this reason Garner has become part of us all.’

‘Its embattled characters are so real that by the last page you feel not just that you have read a magnificent novel but that you have experienced life itself.’

Other editions ofMonkey Grip
  • Monkey Grip
    ebook
    ISBN: 9781925774061
    29 October 2018
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