Everywhere I Look

Everywhere I Look

by Helen Garner


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ISBN-13: 9781925355369
Publisher: Text Publishing Company
Publication date: 09/13/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,139,080
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Helen Garner was born in 1942 in Geelong, and was educated there and at Melbourne University. She taught in Victorian secondary schools until 1972, when, having been dismissed for answering her students’ questions about sex, she began start writing journalism for a living.

Her first novel, Monkey Grip, came out in 1977, won the 1978 National Book Council Award, and was adapted for film in 1981. Since then she has published novels, short stories, essays, and feature journalism. Her screenplay The Last Days of Chez Nous was filmed in 1990.
Garner has won many prizes, among them a Walkley Award for her 1993 article about the murder of two-year-old Daniel Valerio. In 1995 she published The First Stone, a controversial account of a Melbourne University sexual harassment case. Joe Cinque’s Consolation, published in 2004, was a non-fiction study of two murder trials in Canberra.

In 2006 Helen Garner received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature. Her novel, The Spare Room, published in 2008, won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Queensland Premier’s Award for Fiction and the Barbara Jefferis Award, and has been translated into many languages.

Her latest book, This House of Grief, was named Best True Crime book in the 2015 Ned Kelly Awards, and is a 2015 Foreword Reviews IndieFab finalist.

In 2016 Helen Garner was awarded the Windham-Campbell Prize for Non-Fiction.

Helen Garner lives in Melbourne.

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cloggiedownunder More than 1 year ago
“Three scorchers in a row…The sky was clouding over and the air was irritable…Suddenly, above the asphalt of the big playground came a mighty rushing, counterclockwise, as if the air were being stirred by a spoon in a huge bowl…The temperature plummeted and a superb, refreshing cool exploded all around. Raindrops struck the asphalt, stopped then began in earnest” Everywhere I Look is the fifth non-fiction book by award-winning Australian author, Helen Garner. Gathered together in one volume are short stories, diary entries, movie reviews, essays and opinion pieces. Garner turns her prodigious literary talents to a diverse range of subjects: the ballet, ageing, youthful intoxication, playing the ukulele, moving house, suburbia, walking the dog, the local café, a baby doll, rereading Jane Austen and buying furniture. Her prose is often succinct and, occasionally, wonderfully evocative. “In a junk shop I found a shabby but surprisingly comfortable old sofa covered in gold brocade hat was bleached almost to silver. When it was delivered I saw only its dated gentility; but then I tossed an equally ancient pink silk cushion on to it, and the pink and the faded gold sang to each other in quiet, tired voices. I saw that, living alone, one must play out one’s domestic dramas through inanimate objects. Suddenly, this did not seem so terrible” She shares her opinion on some well- and lesser-known court cases, on beloved authors; on a certain male actor; on a favourite teacher; on her parents. The diary pieces contain excerpts from everyday life and some delightful utterances from grandchildren. While all but three of the stories have appeared previously in other publications (books, journals and magazines), this collection is an excellent taster of Garner’s work for readers unfamiliar with it. This is an entertaining, thought-provoking and interesting read.