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On Helen Garner

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About the author

Sean O'Beirne

Sean O’Beirne grew up in Melbourne’s outer suburbs, and studied arts, law and acting. His first book, the satirical short-story collection A Couple of Things Before the End, was shortlisted for the QLD Literary Awards and the NSW Premier’s …

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Praise for On Helen Garner

‘This carefully structured analysis is a work of deep engagement and admiration ... [On Helen Garner ] is a book for Garner enthusiasts, and for readers and writers who seek to understand more deeply the complex dynamics of readerly-writerly relationships.’ —Bernadette Brennan, Sydney Morning Herald / The Age

‘In [O’Beirne’s] essay on Garner ... every phase, every work, gets attention. There is the “close to self I” of Nora in Monkey Grip ; the “Not-I” of her early and mid-career fiction (The Children’s Bach, Postcards from Surfers, Honour and Other People’s Children, Cosmo Cosmolino) ; and the “collective I” of her later non-fiction ... in puzzling these selves in Garner, O’Beirne examines the impulse towards self in his own work. What results is an essay that examines personal confession and concealment in his own writing as scrupulously as it traces these in Garner’s.’ —Edwina Preston, The Conversation

‘What shines in this book is great love and respect for a fellow writer and O’Beirne’s wonderful voice and observations.’ —Mark Rubbo, Readings Monthly

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