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True Stories
True Stories: Selected Non-Fiction | Helen Garner
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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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Stacypatrice
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Not sure if this counts toward a #Scarathlon point, however, “Horror Movies: Cursed or Coincidence?” is great. I had to immediately order one of Leslie Warren‘s books as a result 📖

#TeamSlaughter #Scarathlon #Horror

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LitsyHappenings
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Repost for @LapReader (posted yesterday, so probably regarding today):

Don‘t forget tomorrow is #Australianreadinghour Feel free to read anything at anytime. I will be reading an Australian author in the evening and will post during that time. I will also be drinking some Australian tea from The Tea Collective ❤️. @LitsyHappenings Please tag a fellow Aussie. I will start @Rissreads Everyone is welcome. Can‘t wait to see what you all get up too.

LapReader Happening 18/9/19 @CarolynM 4mo
CarolynM @LapReader Thanks for the reminder. I've been busy with some family stuff and not doing as much reading as I'd like. I'll definitely make the time tomorrow. Tagging @Sarz 4mo
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LapReader
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Don‘t forget tomorrow is #Australianreadinghour Feel free to read anything at anytime. I will be reading an Australian author in the evening and will post during that time. I will also be drinking some Australian tea from The Tea Collective ❤️. @LitsyHappenings Please tag a fellow Aussie. I will start @Rissreads Everyone is welcome. Can‘t wait to see what you all get up too.

Rissreads Thanks for the tag and reminder. I will post my participation tomorrow. 💛 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Can I participate?! Even if I don‘t live there?! Lol 4mo
LapReader Of course you can @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Feel free to tag away too. 4mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LapReader ok great!! Is there a certain time? 4mo
LapReader Nope @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it‘s whenever it suits you. 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LapReader ok thank you!! 💗💗 4mo
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MrsMalaprop
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#QuotsyJune18 #Diary

Helen Garner is writing here about her first novel Monkey Grip, which was based on her diaries.

She has been criticised over the years for blurring fact and fiction.

There is no one else quite like her in the Australian writing scene. #fangirl 😍🇦🇺📚❤️

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Jeg
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I‘m reading this slowly but loving it all. I see @MrsMalaprop that it really impressed you. Like you I‘m finding so many quotes that speak directly to me. I just love love love her writing. Off to read some more. 😍😍

MrsMalaprop Me too 😍😍😍. 2y
RealLifeReading I keep meaning to read Helen Garner! 2y
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MrsMalaprop
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@Jeg This quote is especially for you.

Garner, on reading and forgetting.
😂👌🙌 📚😊🤓📚

Chelleo That is so me! 2y
Jeg Thank you @MrsMalaprop . I‘m feeling so much better about my forgetting. Though it does drive me crazy sometimes especially around book club time. 😊. Hope you are relaxing, looks good down there. 2y
CarolynM That's what I love about Helen Garner, she is not afraid to tell it exactly as she sees it and never pretends to be anything other than what she is. Which other literary figure would have even hinted at sentiments like that? 2y
MrsMalaprop @CarolynM Yep, she is very real. 2y
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MrsMalaprop
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#QuotsyMarch18 #Moonlight

I am away for a long weekend with my family and am ploughing my way through this tome, the collected short non-fiction of one of my writing heroes, Helen Garner.

I think that if I tried hard enough I could do every photo challenge, every day from this book alone. There is so much in here and I‘m loving it.

📚😎☀️👍

P.S. And this 2017 publication has STILL not been added to the @Litsy database 😏.

emilyhaldi Wow, nonfiction short stories... I'm intrigued! Going to check this one out 👍🏻 2y
MrsMalaprop @emilyhaldi The tagged book is actually an older, smaller volume of her short non fiction, because the 2017 collection I‘m reading is not on the database yet. Garner has a huge body of short non fiction such as 2y
emilyhaldi I see, thanks for the tip! I am definitely going to check out her writing 😄😄 2y
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MrsMalaprop
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Garner, reflecting on her seminal work of non fiction The First Stone.

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MrsMalaprop
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#Riotgrams #Oversizedbook
This #oversized #currentread is not yet on the Litsy database. I asked for it to be added a couple of weeks ago. It was released for Garner‘s 75th birthday in 2017. #Yearofthechunkster
The tagged book is actually an older selection of her short non-fiction.
(Sorry I keep going on about Garner; I‘ve got a bit of fangirl going on 😍).

AceOnRoam 75 yo? Wow, when did that happen !! 2y
MrsMalaprop @AceOnRoam I know right? When I saw her walk on stage last night I thought I must‘ve got it wrong because she looked so young & sprightly. But then at one point she said she doesn‘t ‘do‘ social media & figures that, at 75, it‘s passed her by. 2y
AceOnRoam Yeah well she hasn't tried Litsy yet maybe? She does look terrific for 75. 2y
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minkyb I wonder if there is a correlation between chunkster reading and increased sales of wrist braces? occurrence of carpal tunnel ? broken toes from tripping over said chunkster? @Cinfhen 🤔🤕😜😂🤪 2y
Cinfhen I always say...you get what you pay for @minkyb 😁 2y
MrsMalaprop @Cinfhen @minkyb 🤔 Well I have had carpal tunnel surgery & I do read my fair share of chunksters, so you could be onto something 🤣. 2y
minkyb Ouch! Sorry to poke fun at a real condition you had to deal with. 🙄 2y
MrsMalaprop Totally fine @minkyb 😊👍. 2y
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#QuotsyFeb2018 #Always

Garner is writing about being the eldest of 5 sisters. She finds it hard to fathom that her younger siblings weren‘t #always there, that there was a time when it was just her & her parents. At the same time she was #always looking forward.

Makes me wonder whether my eldest sister (of 5 siblings) feels the same 🤔. I think she would.

My sister has said of her childhood, “the babies just kept coming!” 😅

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#FierceFeb #RebelGirl #currentlyreading

From a short non-fiction piece by Helen Garner, when she was an English teacher in Melbourne in the 1960s.

Go girls 👊👊 ❤️

Cinfhen Nice 🙌🏻 2y
batsy Wow. Truly astounding... And I wonder how far we've come in terms of internalised beliefs. I've long meant to read Garner, especially this 2y
MrsMalaprop @batsy I have read most of Garner‘s work & am seeing her live next weekend 👏😍. The First Stone was one of our book club‘s first reads 20 years ago. Are you aware 2 collections of her short work (one fiction & the other non) were released in 2017 to celebrate her 75th birthday? ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
batsy No, I didn't! That's amazing. You must be thrilled to see her next weekend 💙 2y
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Trigger warning: infanticide, murder.

The opening piece in this new collection of non-fiction is about the devastating 2015 case of a mother driving her 4 youngest children into a lake, on purpose.

“While men kill to control or punish their children or partner, women kill children because they cannot cope with the extreme difficulties that they encounter in trying to care for their children.”

(2017 publication, not yet in Litsy database)

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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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Spotted under the dust jacket flap!

I love finding little things like this!

readordierachel Great find! 2y
MrsMalaprop Fabulous. I've just started reading this today. Although the tagged book is not this book. There is a 1997 publication & that's the one logged on Litsy. Just emailed Litsy to add this 2017 True Stories to the database. 2y
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Joanne1
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This is far from Garner's usual exquisitely simple and brilliant writing but it is an interesting look at the development of a writer and some of the stories offered glimpses at the brilliance that would come in their acerbic observations of life, death and the in between.

cathysaid The blurb sounds really interesting! 3y
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Joanne1
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My company in the 40mins between work finishing and school pick up that I have to get the house clean. I adore Helen Garner's writing and the narration of her own work in her broad Australian accent makes the audio even better.

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Blaire
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1. WV - happy West Virginia day!
2. A post on book riot.
3. Clueless - based on Emma
4. Nope
#welcomelitten

Hoopiefoot Welcome! Montani Semper Liberi! 3y
saguarosally Are there any special celebrations for West Virginia day? 3y
Blaire @Hoopiefoot thanks! 3y
Blaire @saguarosally a couple years on the back there were huge celebrations for the sesquicentennial. Wv was formed in the middle of the civil war splitting off from Virginia as a free state, so there's a state holiday every year on its birthday. I'm not a native West Virginian but I've come to see why people feel so fiercely about the state. In charleston its festivall - 2 weeks of focus on the arts - so there's a lot of great plays, music, etc. 3y
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Helen Garner one of Australia's greatest non fiction writers.25 years of her observations.

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