This House of Grief
The Story of A Murder TrialBook - 2014
'Garner's spare, clean style flowers into magnificent poetry.; Australian Book Review
;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 humor; Guardian
;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
;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; NZ Herald
; 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; Australian Women's Weekly
Praise for Helen Garner's The Spare Room :
"Helen Garner is a great writer."; Peter Carey
"Swift, beautiful, and relentless."; Alice Sebold
"The Joan Didion of Australia"; Los Angeles Times
"Truthful, fearless, passionate."; Kate Grenville
On the evening of 4 September 2005, Robert Farquharson, a separated husband, was driving his three sons home to their mother when his car plunged into a dam. The boys, aged ten, seven, and two, drowned. Was this an act of deliberate revenge or a tragic accident? The court case became Helen Garner's obsession. She was in the courtroom every day of Farquharson's trial and subsequent retrial, along with countless journalists and the families of both the accused and his former wife.
In this utterly compelling book, Helen Garner tells the story of a man and his broken life. At its core is a search for truth that takes author and reader through complex psychological terrain. Garner exposes, with great compassion, that truth and justice are as complex as human frailty and morality.
Part of a nonfiction tradition that began with Truman Capote's In Cold Blood and continues in the works of Janet Malcolm, Erroll Morris, and others.
Helen Garner , born in 1942, is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction. Her most recent novel The Spare Room was published to critical acclaim in 2010.