Monkey Grip

Front Cover, Limited, May 24, 2011 - 380 pages
52 Reviews
In ''Monkey Grip'', Helen Garner charts the lives of a generation. Her characters are exploring new ways of loving and living - and nothing is harder than learning to love lightly. Nora and Javo are trapped in a desperate relationship. Nora's addiction is romantic love; Javo's is hard drugs. The harder they pull away, the tighter the monkey grip. A lyrical, gritty, rough-edged novel that deserves its place as a classic of Australian fiction

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User Review  - Adele - Goodreads

This was very very different to the books i usually read as a teenager but was so evocatively written. It was the first time I confronted the shadow side of life. Uncomfortable but important. Read full review

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User Review  - Natalie Robinson - Goodreads

Book 2 of our Melbourne book club, Monkey Grip gave a gorgeous snapshot of Melbourne in the 70's - particularly Carlton and Brunswick. Characters are a very realistic blend of heart breaking ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Helen Garner was born on November 7, 1942 in Australia. She earned her BA Degree with majors in English and French from the University of Melbourne. Her first novel, Monkey Grip, was published in 1977. Throughout her career, Garner has written both fiction and non-fiction. She attracted controversy with her book The First Stone about a sexual harassment scandal in a university college. She has also written for film and theatre, and has consistently won awards for her work. some of those awards are: Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction for The Spare Room, Melbourne Prize for Literature, and Barbara Jeffris Award. She made the ABA Nielsen Book Data Booksellers Choice Award 2015 shortlist for The House of Grief. She will be attending the Sydney Writers Festival 2015. She will also be giving a keynote speech at the National Writers' Congress 2015. In September 2015 she will be featured at the Tasmanian Writers and Readers Festival. Helen Garner made the shortlist for the Nita B Kibble Literary Award 2015 with her title, This House of Grief. This same title won the Ned Kelly 2015 award in the category of Best True Crime and made the Collin Roderick Award 2015 shortlist.

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