True Stories: Selected Non-Fiction

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Text Publishing, May 16, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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Winner of the 1997 Kibble Award for Literature, True Stories spans twenty-five years of work by one of Australia's great writers.

In this extraordinary collection of non-fiction stories, Helen Garner visits the morgue and goes cruising on a Russian ship. She watches 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 about the storm caused by her book 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, with its many voices, is passionate and compelling. 'Helen Garner writes the best sentences in Australia.' Bulletin

 

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Contents

The Art of the Dumb Question
1
MrTiarapu
17
The schoolteacher
25
Why Does the Women Get All the Pain?
35
My Child in the World
43
A scrapbook an Album
59
The Artist as Holy Monster
117
sing for Your supper
124
Germaine Greer and the Menopause
150
At the Morgue
165
sunday at the Gun show
176
The Fate of The First stone
193
Cruising
207
Aqua Profonda
223
A Day at the show
229
beggars in new York
246

Writing for Film
131
Dreams the bible and Cosmo Cosmolino
137
labour Ward Penrith
265
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About the author (2010)

One of Australia's most celebrated authors, Helen Garner was born in Geelong in 1942. She has worked extensively as a journalist, reviewer and scriptwriter, and her award-winning books include novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction, among them The First Stone and Joe Cinque‚€TMs Consolation. The Spare Room, her first work of fiction in fifteen years, won the Victorian and Queensland Premiers‚€TM Literary Awards.

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