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Monkey Grip Hardcover – April 9, 2019

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‘Monkey Grip (1977), was made into a film, and the precision of her prose, the way she lets her images hint at psychological depths that her characters barely comprehend, feels tautly cinematic.’―The Wall Street Journal; ‘Garner is a natural storyteller.’―James Wood, The New Yorker; ‘Her use of language is sublime.’―The Scotsman; ‘This is the power of Garner’s writing. She drills into experience and comes up with such clean, precise distillations of life, once you read them they enter into you. Successive generations of writers have felt the keen influence of her work and for this reason Garner has become part of us all.’―The Australian; ‘So real that by the last page you feel not just that you have read a magnificent novel but that you have experienced life itself.’―The Times on The Spare Room;

About the Author

Helen Garner is one of Australia’s finest authors. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham–Campbell Prize for non-fiction. Her novels include Monkey Grip, The Children’s Bach, Cosmo Cosmolino and The Spare Room.

Charlotte Wood is the prizewinning author of five novels and two books of non-fiction, and co-director of The Creativity Clinic. Her most recent novel is The Natural Way of Things.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Text Publishing Company (April 9, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1925773159
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1925773156
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.25 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.5 x 1.25 x 9.5 inches
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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 she was dismissed for answering her students’ questions about sex, and had to 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 (2004) was a non-fiction study of two murder trials in Canberra.

In 2006 Helen Garner received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature. Her most recent novel, The Spare Room (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.

Helen Garner lives in Melbourne.

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