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How to End a Story

Diaries 1995-1998

Helen Garner



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Text Publishing Company
03 November 2021
The third instalment of diaries from the inimitable Helen Garner covers four eventful years in the life of one of Australia's most treasured writers.

Helen Garner's third volume of diaries is an account of a woman fighting to hold on to a marriage that is disintegrating around her.

Living with a great writer who is consumed by his work, and trying to find a place for her own spirit to thrive, she rails against the confines while desperate to find the truth in their relationship-and the truth of her own self.

This is a harrowing story, a portrait of the messy, painful, dark side of love lost, of betrayal and sadness and the sheer force of a woman's anger. But it is also a story of resilience and strength, strewn with sharp insight, moments of joy and hope, the immutable ties of motherhood and the regenerative power of a room of one's own.
By:   Helen Garner
Imprint:   Text Publishing Company
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 240mm,  Width: 161mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   494g
ISBN:   9781922458179
ISBN 10:   1922458171
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   03 November 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Helen Garner writes novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature Prize for non-fiction and the Western Australian Premier's Book Award. In 2019 she was honoured with the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature. Her books include Monkey Grip, The Children's Bach, Cosmo Cosmolino, The Spare Room, The First Stone, This House of Grief, Everywhere I Look, Yellow Notebook and One Day I'll Remember This.

Reviews for How to End a Story: Diaries 1995-1998

'The ordinary in these diaries-the daily, the diurnal, the stumbled-upon, the breathing in and out-is turned into something else through the writer's extraordinary craft.' * ABR * 'Helen Garner is one of the lords of language in our midst and something more. She has a poet's ear, a painter's eye and she understands profoundly and without self-pity the mystery of the tears in things.' * Australian * 'The spirituality of these diaries is worth a library of high-minded theology...Their acuity is ultimately healing. You will leave with the impression that you have not so much been looking at Garner's life as at life itself.' * Age * 'Candid and flawless, as we've come to expect from Garner.' * Nicole Abadee, Good Weekend * 'A tremendous feat [with] a bloodcurdling credibility...How to End a Story is further evidence that Garner is a diarist of genius and the intimacies and intensities will long outlast the sorrows that engendered them. It is a book of wisdom in the face of every folly.' * Peter Craven, Age * 'The true gratifications of How to End a Story exist in a woman's slow, tentative unfurling in the wake of a relationship's collapse.' * Geordie Williamson, Saturday Paper * 'A devastating yet enlightening look in to the private thoughts and feelings of an incredible woman. It is a privilege to read.' * Readings * 'Compellingly propulsive...While this volume is rich in small human moments and intimate reflections on being a writer...the central drama gives How to End a Story the quality of a novel.' * InDaily * 'Brilliant.' * Australian *

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