A collection of essays from award-winning author Helen Garner.
I pedal over to Kensington just after dark. As I roll along the lane towards the railway underpass, a young Asian woman on her way home from the station walks out of the tunnel towards me. After she passes there's a stillness, a moment of silent freshness that feels like spring.
Helen Garner is one of Australia's greatest writers. Her short nonfiction has enormous range. Spanning 15 years of work, Everywhere I Look is an audiobook full of unexpected moments, sudden shafts of light, piercing intuition, flashes of anger and incidental humour. It takes us from backstage at the ballet to the trial of a woman for the murder of her newborn baby. It moves effortlessly from the significance of moving house to the pleasure of rereading Pride and Prejudice.
Everywhere I Look includes Garner's famous and controversial essay on the insults of age, her deeply moving tribute to her mother and extracts from her diaries, which have been part of her working life for as long as she has been a writer.
Everywhere I Look glows with insight. It is filled with the wisdom of life.
©2016 Helen Garner (P)2016 Bolinda
Love Helen's description of such everyday and mundane things. Something you've realised you've always noticed but never could quite put into words. Found myself nodding emphatically quite a lot. A lovely collection of topics.
Let me preface this review by saying I love Helen Garner, so it is completely biased. I've seen Helen speak a number of times, and she has completely won me over. I find her such an intriguing person, and in so many ways she is nothing like what you would expect. So when I discovered that she narrates the audio edition of Everywhere I Look I knew I had to listen to it – and it did not disappoint. The short personal essays in Everywhere I Look are funny, self deprecating, moving and insightful. I particularly loved the glimpses into her family life (who wouldn't want Helen Garner as a grandma!?) and her story about reading Pride & Prejudice. I'm sure this book would "read" just as well, but having Helen Garner read these stories to you lets you imagine, even more than you already do, what it would be like to be an intimate part of Helen's life.
I loved listening to Helen Garner reflect on the some of the episodes and small moments in her life. Astute observations that really resonated with me. I love the way she writes, and having Garner, herself narrating meant that I always read it it in the way she intended. (Hooray for the authors who narrate their own work!!!)
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