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ISBN-13: 9781922079206 ISBN: 9781922079206

This House of Grief

by Helen Garner

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This story of a murder trial is a gripping psychological portrait and a moving exploration of the human condition.

Publisher Description

On the evening of September 4th 2005, Robert Farquharson, a separated husband, was driving his three sons home to their mother, Cindy, when his car left the road and plunged into a dam. The boys, aged ten, seven and two, all drowned. Was this an act of revenge or a tragic accident? In a tale reminiscent of In Cold Blood (1966), Helen Garner decided to reveal every aspect of this complicated and highly emotional case.In this utterly compelling book, Helen Garner tells the story of a man with a broken life and bears witness to an often uncomfortable truth.

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An Australian true crime story from the author of The First Stone and The Spare Room. In 2005, a separated husband was driving his 3 sons home to their mother when his car left the road and plunged into a dam, killing all 3 boys. Was it an act of revenge or an accident? Garner became obsessed with the case, and followed every development.

Author Biography

Helen Garner was born in Geelong in 1942, and has been writing and publishing since her first book, Monkey Grip, came out in 1977.

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'This House of Grief has all the trademark Helen Garner touches: harrowing scenes recorded without restraint or censorship; touching observations of characters' weaknesses; wry moments of humour. And also customary with Garner's work, her words, and the boys' fate, will haunt us long after we've turned the last page.' Guardian 'Another beauty of Garner's writing-and another facet of its liminality-is her exceptional lyricism. Garner's spare, clean style flowers into magnificent poetry.' Australian Book Review 'The twists and turns of this true-crime story are, in Garner's hands, more engrossing and dramatic than any thriller. Really, this is the kind of book you'll devour in one go.' Age '[Garner] has turned a courtroom drama into something deeply human.' -- Jennifer Byrne Australian Women's Weekly 'This House of Grief is a magnificent book about the majesty of the law and the terrible matter of the human heart. It has its centre a feeling of the engulfing powers of love and hate and the way any heart unlucky enough may kill the thing it loves and drown in an eternity of grief. If you read nothing else this year, read this story of the sorrow and pity of innocents drowned and the spectres and enigmas of guilt.' -- Peter Craven Weekend Australian 'Clear-eyed and deeply moving...Garner's skills as a novelist combine with her journalist incisiveness to give a vivid, compassionate and complex assessment of the crime and the societal issues surrounding it...This House of Grief is a book that preys on the mind-its themes are enormous, classical and highly contemporary. Some readers will find they have to put it down, now and again, because the story it tells is so tragically sad-but so compelling that they won't put it down for long.' NZ Herald 'A superbly balanced book about a terribly freighted subject: a violation of parental care of the kind that provokes outrage rather than thoughtfulness. It is also an elegant reiteration of many of the themes and concerns that Garner has, over four decades, made her own.' Saturday Paper 'A brilliant, poetic work of jurisprudence...Another beauty of Garner's writing is her exceptional lyricism. Garner's spare, clean style flowers into magnificent poetry.' Australian Book Review 'Superbly done. Garner is one of the finest reporters in this country...Bad behaviour has always been her subject, from Monkey Grip all the way to This House of Grief. She doesn't celebrate Farquarson's fate as a triumph. In the crimes and misdemeanours we commit against one another, she has always found clues to being human.' -- David Marr Monthly 'No one can invoke the theatre of the law the way Helen Garner does. It isn't just her acute mind for human psychology or her shimmering gift for metaphor, the masterly economy and dramatic poise with which she shaped the material.' Age/Sydney Morning Herald/Canberra Times 'Garner sat through [all the trials]: sifting the evidence, observing the duelling lawyers, digging deep into the relationships which contributed to the catastrophe. She has turned a courtroom drama into something deeply human.' -- Jennifer Byrne Australian Women's Weekly 'Helen Garner's This House of Grief is a gripping account of a murder trial in which few of the participants act and react in ways we might predict. It's an examination not just of what happened, but also of what we prefer to believe and what we cannot face believing.' -- Julian Barnes

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  • ISBN1922079200
  • Title This House of Grief
  • Author Helen Garner
  • Pages 288
  • Publisher Text Publishing Co
  • Year 2014
  • ISBN-10 1922079200
  • ISBN-13 9781922079206
  • Format Paperback
  • Place of Publication Melbourne
  • Country of Publication Australia
  • Subtitle The Story of a Murder Trial
  • Birth 1942
  • Publication Date 2014-08-20
  • Imprint Text Classics
  • Media Book
  • DEWEY 364.1523099457
  • Dimensions155mm x 235mm x 25mm

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