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This House of Grief

Helen Garner

ONE OF THE GUARDIAN'S 100 BEST BOOKS OF THE 21ST CENTURY

'This House of Grief, in its restraint and control, bears comparison with In Cold Blood' KATE ATKINSON
'It grabbed me by the throat in the same way that the podcast series Serial did' GILLIAN ANDERSON

'Utterly gripping' MARK HADDON

Father's Day, 2005. Just after nightfall, a discarded husband drove his three young sons back to their mother, his ex-wife.

On that dark country road, barely five minutes from the children's home, the old white car swerved off the highway and plunged into a dam. The father freed himself and swam to the bank, but the car sank to the bottom, and all the children drowned.

The court case that followed became Helen Garner's obsession, one that would take over her life until its final verdict. The resulting book is a true-crime classic and literary masterpiece, which examines just what we are capable of and how fiercely we hide it from ourselves.

A W&N Essential with an introduction by Rachel Cooke

  • Classification : TRUE CRIME
  • Pub Date : FEB 29, 2024
  • Imprint : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
  • Page Extent : 320
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9781399606806
  • Price : INR 699
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Helen Garner

Helen Garner was born in Geelong in 1942. She worked as a high school teacher, then as a freelance journalist. Since 1977 she has published novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. She is the winner of the 2006 inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, the 2016 Windham-Campbell Literature Prize for Non-fiction, the 2019 Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature and the 2023 Australian Society of Authors Medal. Her books include This House of Grief, Monkey Grip and The Children's Bach.

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