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The Last Days of Chez Nous & Two Friends

The Last Days of Chez Nous & Two Friends

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Helen Garner

Afterword by Laura Jones

The Last Days of Chez Nous & Two Friends showcases the range of one of Australia’s greatest writers. These two scripts for films—The Last Days of Chez Nous was directed by Gillian Armstrong in 1991, and Two Friends by Jane Campion in 1986—are funny, sharp observations of relationships and friendships that are as intimate and engrossing as Helen Garner’s acclaimed novels. This edition comes with a new introduction by the internationally renowned screenwriter Laura Jones, winner of the inaugural Australian Writers’ Guild Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016.

The screenplays have a tighter focus than Garner’s other fictions. They have a different purpose: they are written for performance and visual storytelling. They are to be seen differently, absorbed differently. But, like the novels, they are a joy to read.Read screenwriter Laura Jones’s afterword, published at


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Helen Garner
About the Author

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...

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Praise for Helen Garner
andThe Last Days of Chez Nous & Two Friends

‘Helen Garner is an invaluable guide into harrowing territory and offers powerful and unforgettable insights.’

‘Garner’s spare, clean style flowers into magnificent poetry.’

‘Her voice—intimate yet sharp, wry yet urgent—inspires trust.’

‘(Garner’s) humour and pathos shine…The stories are absorbing, the preface, quite fascinating.’

‘Exceptional…Garner’s polished script believes in the power and relevance of small domestic moments.’

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  • The Last Days of Chez Nous & Two Friends
    ISBN: 9781925410068
    27 June 2016
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