A writing life : Helen Garner and her work /

Brennan, Bernadette,

A writing life : Helen Garner and her work / Alternate title Bernadette Brennan. - [s.l.] : Text Publishing, 2017. - 334 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some colour), portraits (some colour), facsimiles ; 24 cm.

"Brennan maps the writer's books, letters, diaries and unpublished work, including many previously unavailable papers, against the different stages of her life"-- Back cover.

Includes bibliographical references (pages 299-328)

Helen Garner is one of Australia’s most important and most admired writers. She is revered for her fearless honesty in the pursuit of her craft. But Garner also courts controversy, not least because she refuses to be constrained by the rules of literary form. She has never been afraid to write herself into her nonfiction, and many of her own experiences help to shape her fiction. But who is the ‘I’ in Helen Garner’s work? Bernadette Brennan’s A Writing Life is the first full-length study of Garner’s forty years of work, a literary portrait that maps all of her books against the different stages of her life. Brennan has had access to previously unavailable papers in Garner’s archive, and she provides a lively and rigorous reading of the books, journals and correspondence of one of Australia’s most beloved women of letters.

2018 Stella Prize longlist.

9781925498035 1925498034


Garner, Helen, 1942- --Biography.
Garner, Helen, 1942- --Correspondence.
Garner, Helen, 1942- --Biography.
Garner, Helen, 1942-
Garner, Helen, 1942- --Criticism and interpretation.
Garner, Helen, 1942-.
Garner, Helen, 1942-
Garner, Helen, 1942- --Correspondence.
Garner, Helen, 1942-

Australian literature--Authors--History and criticism.
Authors, Australian--Biography.
Australia literature--20th century--History and criticism.
Women authors, Australian.
Australian literature--Women authors.
Women authors, Australian--20th century.
Australian literature--Women authors--History and criticism.
Australian literature--20th century.
Australian literature--History and criticism.--20th century
Women authors, Australian.
Australian literature.


Records and correspondence.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Records and correspondence
Personal correspondence.


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