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True Stories


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Spanning forty years of work, True Stories is the collected essays, stories and diary entries of one of Australia's greatest writers.

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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. Her most recent book, Everywhere I Look won the 2017 Indie Book Award for Non-Fiction. 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.' * James Wood, New Yorker *
`Garner can write about everything for every reader...Her tone throughout is one of considerable charm and approachability. Five minutes in Garner's company, you feel, and you'd be telling her your deepest secrets.' * Neil Stewart, Civilian Global *
`[Garner's] writing expresses a hard-won grace. It brings you closer to the world, and shows you how to love it.' * Monthly *
`Helen Garner's collections of fiction and nonfiction corroborate her reputation as a great stylist and a great witness.' * Peter Craven, Books of the Year 2017 *
`Those who consider Helen Garner the Australian Joan Didion want to compliment Garner, but maybe they are truly complimenting Didion.' * El Cultural, Spain *
`The chameleon-like non-fiction of the Australian Helen Garner, queen of the effervescent true crime, proves that reality is, at times, pure literature.' * Babelia, Spain *
`This last story [Killing Daniel], shocked me so much that, in the absence of a punching ball, I jumped out of bed, put my shoes on and went for a run until my rage subsided. And I know-or thought I knew-how to control my anger.' * Esquire Magazine, Spain *
`A first-class author, who shines with her open and sharp view... Her writing makes these real stories come alive.' * La Razon, Spain (9/10 rating) *

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