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Summary

Yellow Notebook: Diaries Volume I will delight Garner fans and those new to her work alike.

Helen Garner has kept a diary for almost all her life. But until now, those exercise books filled with her thoughts, observations, frustrations and joys have been locked away, out of bounds, in a laundry cupboard.

Finally, Garner has opened her diaries and invited audiences into the world behind her novels and works of non-fiction. Yellow Notebook: Diaries Volume I spans a decade beginning in the late 1970s just after the publication of her first novel, Monkey Grip.

With their frankness, humour and steel-sharp wit, these accounts of everyday happenings provide an intimate insight into the life of one of Australia’s greatest writers.

©2019 Helen Garner (P)2021 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"A natural storyteller." (James Wood)

"Garner's stories share characteristics of the postcard: they flash before us carefully recorded images that remind us of harsher realities not pictured. And like postcards they are economically written, a bit of conversation is transcribed, a memory recalled, an event noted, scenes pass as if viewed from a train - momentarily, distinct and tantalising in their beauty." (New York Times)

"A perfect introduction for first-timers who have not yet experienced the pleasures of Garner's writing." (Sydney Morning Herald)

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