Two classic Helen Garner novellas introduced by Michael Sala, award-winning author of The Last Thread and The Restorer
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 and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award. In 2019 she was honoured with the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Her novels include The Children’s Bach, Cosmo Cosmolino and The Spare Room. She lives in Melbourne.
‘Garner is scrupulous, painstaking, and detailed, with sharp eyes
and ears. She is everywhere at once, watching and listening, a
recording angel at life’s secular apocalypses…her unillusioned eye
makes her clarity compulsive.’
‘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.’