Helen Garner is one of Australia's most important and most admired writers. She is revered for her fearless honesty in the pursuit of her craft. An honesty that makes readers feel like they know her.

Garner also courts controversy, not least because she refuses to be constrained by the rules of literary form. She writes herself into her nonfiction, and many of her own experiences help to shape her stories and novels. 

But who is the 'I' in Helen Garner's writing?

Garner's work and life are intricately interwoven. It is not possible to understand one without the other. In this literary portrait Brennan maps Garner's books, screenplays, letters, diaries and other unpublished work, against the different stages of her life. This is the first full-length study of Garner's forty years of writing. An invaluable read for anyone wanting to appreciate Helen Garner and her work more deeply.

 

Interview with Sarah Kanowski Radio National Books and Arts 5 May 2017