Published: April 2017
Helen Garner is one of Australia's most important and admired living writers. That admiration is inspired by a sense that she is honest, authentic and fearless 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 appears to write so much of herself into her nonfiction, and many of her own experiences inform her fiction. Garner's life and writing inform and shape each other to such a degree that it is not possible to understand one without the other.