WorldCat Identities

Garner, Helen 1942-

Works: 135 works in 603 publications in 12 languages and 8,229 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Autobiographies  Case studies  Domestic fiction  Short stories  Trial and arbitral proceedings  Trials, litigation, etc  Drama  Biography  Essays 
Roles: Author, Contributor, Writer of accompanying material, Scenarist, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator, Interviewee, Conceptor
Classifications: PR9619.3.G3, A823.3
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Helen Garner
The spare room : a novel by Helen Garner( Book )

66 editions published between 2008 and 2017 in 11 languages and held by 1,581 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Offering a room to an old friend who is undergoing treatment for cancer, Helen finds her advice disregarded in the face of her friend's faith in alternative medicine, a situation that turns both of their lives upside-down
Monkey grip by Helen Garner( Book )

57 editions published between 1977 and 2019 in 4 languages and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Inner-suburban Melbourne in the 1970s: a world of communal living, drugs, music and love. Nora falls in love with Javo the junkie, and together they try to make sense of their lives and the choices they have made. But caught in an increasingly ambiguous relationship, they are unable to let go and the harder they pull away from each other, the tighter the monkey grip
The first stone : some questions about sex and power by Helen Garner( Book )

24 editions published between 1995 and 2013 in English and Japanese and held by 559 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Eventually, Garner is forced to admit that feminism has become another kind of political fundamentalism, often without a thoughtful and responsible examination of the facts behind media-driven stories. Why, she asks, do both feelings and compassion for the involved parties need to be sacrificed for a doctrinaire political agenda? Does searching for a more mature and ethical framework than was laid down in the rebellious excitement of the '60s mean betraying the "Cause"? Garner asserts that women are not always victims, and the orthodoxy of what feminism has become stands in the way of real political and personal progress
This house of grief : the story of a murder trial by Helen Garner( Book )

8 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Anyone can see the place where the children died. You take the Princes Highway past Geelong, and keep going west in the direction of Colac. Late in August 2006, soon after I had watched a magistrate commit Robert Farquharson to stand trial before a jury on three charges of murder, I headed out that way on a Sunday morning, across the great volcanic plain. On the evening of 4 September 2005, Father's Day, Robert Farquharson, a separated husband, was driving his three sons home to their mother, Cindy, when his car left the road and plunged into a dam. The boys, aged ten, seven and two, drowned. Was this an act of revenge or a tragic accident? The court case became Helen Garner's obsession. She followed it on its protracted course until the final verdict. In this utterly compelling book, Helen Garner tells the story of a man and his broken life. She presents the theatre of the courtroom with its actors and audience, all gathered for the purpose of bearing witness to the truth, players in the extraordinary and unpredictable drama of the quest for justice. This House of Grief is a heartbreaking and unputdownable book by one of Australia's most admired writers."--Publisher's website
The children's Bach by Helen Garner( Book )

33 editions published between 1978 and 2018 in English and Czech and held by 354 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Penguin Modern Classic's reissue."--Provided by publisher
Cosmo Cosmolino by Helen Garner( Book )

25 editions published between 1992 and 2013 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Janet is a skeptic, a journalist; Maxine revels in New Age fantasies; and Ray, a drifter, is a born-again Christian. The common ground is the house they share. But their fragile domestic balance is about to explode amid the smashing of ukeleles, an unexpected ascension of an angel, and a sudden shower of jonquils. (Bookseller website)
Joe Cinque's consolation by Helen Garner( Book )

19 editions published between 2004 and 2017 in English and held by 332 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In October 1997 a clever young law student at ANU made a bizarre plan to murder her devoted boyfriend after a dinner party at their house. Some of the dinner guests - most of them university students - had heard rumours of the plan. Nobody warned Joe Cinque ..."--Jacket
Honour & Other people's children : two stories by Helen Garner( Book )

14 editions published between 1980 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 279 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

2 friends( Visual )

19 editions published between 1986 and 2015 in 3 languages and held by 215 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two teenage friends become estranged when the once conventional Kelly becomes a mohawk-wearing punker who experiments with drugs and casual sex
Postcards from surfers : stories by Helen Garner( Book )

10 editions published between 1985 and 1995 in English and held by 206 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Helen Garner's short stories tease out life's dailiness to show the darkness underneath - but also the possibilities of joy
Stories : the collected short fiction by Helen Garner( Book )

5 editions published between 2017 and 2018 in English and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These stories - that delve into the complexities of love and longing, of the pain, darkness and joy of life - are all told with her characteristic sharpness of observation, honesty and humour. Each one a perfect piece, together they showcase Garner's mastery of the form
Postcards from surfers by Helen Garner( Book )

22 editions published between 1985 and 2012 in English and held by 136 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These stories are about life and love; of looking back and longing; of what it means to be a stranger, on foreign ground and known, told with the piercing familiarity and resonance we have come to expect. Honest, often very funny and always woven in ways that surprise, these stories tease out everyday life to show the darkness underneath
The spare room by Helen Garner( Recording )

19 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Helen lives in Melbourne, and her friend Nicola flies down from Sydney for a three-week visit. She will sleep in Helen's house, in her lovingly prepared spare room. This is no ordinary visit. Nicola has advanced cancer and is seeking alternative treatment from a clinic in Helen's city. From the moment Nicola steps off the plane, gaunt, staggering like a crone, her voice hoarse but still with something grand about her, Helen becomes her nurse, her protector, her guardian angel and her stony judge
True stories : the collected short non-fiction by Helen Garner( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Helen Garner visits the morgue, and goes cruising on a Russian ship. She sees women giving birth, and gets the sack for teaching her students about sex. She attends a school dance and a gun show. She writes about dreaming, about turning fifty, and the storm caused by The First Stone. Her story on the murder of the two-year-old Daniel Valerio wins her a Walkley Award. Garner looks at the world with a shrewd and sympathetic eye. Her non-fiction is always passionate and compelling
Honour and Other people's children by Helen Garner( Book )

23 editions published between 1980 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Honour is about a couple whose marriage, though abandoned in practice, persists in spirit. But the arrival of a new lover obliges them to make a proper separation and draw their child into the conflict
Best Australian essays 2017( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Best Australian Essays showcase the nation's most eloquent, insightful and urgent non-fiction writing. In her first time as editor, award-winning author Anna Goldsworthy chooses brilliant pieces that provoke, unveil, engage and enlighten, and get to the heart of what's really happening in Australia and the world. Previous contributors include Helen Garner, J.M. Coetzee, Karen Hitchcock, Tim Flannery, Robyn Davidson, Richard Flanagan, Clive James, Don Watson, Tim Winton and Caroline Baum
The last days of Chez Nous ; &, Two friends by Helen Garner( Book )

6 editions published between 1992 and 2017 in English and held by 107 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

My hard heart : selected fiction by Helen Garner( Book )

9 editions published between 1998 and 2000 in English and Undetermined and held by 104 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

True stories : selected non-fiction by Helen Garner( Book )

14 editions published between 1996 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 100 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of personal essays by Helen Garner, which spans 25 years of work
Regions of thick-ribbed ice by Helen Garner( )

5 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Regions of Thick-Ribbed Ice is the tale of a journey to Antarctica aboard the Professor Molchanov. With unmatched eloquence, Helen Garner spins a tale of ships, icebergs, tourism, time, photography and the many forms of desolation
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The spare room : a novel
Monkey gripThe first stone : some questions about sex and powerThe children's BachCosmo CosmolinoJoe Cinque's consolation2 friendsPostcards from surfersThe spare room
Alternative Names
Garner, Helen

Helen Garner Australisch journaliste (1942-)

Helen Garner australische Schriftstellerin

Хелен Гарнер

هلن قارنر

ガーナー, ヘレン