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Publisher's Summary

Yellow Notebook: Diaries Volume I, in this elegant audiobook edition, spans about a decade beginning in the late 1970s just after the publication of her first title, Monkey Grip. It 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)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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 tantalizing 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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  • Deborah Lathrop
  • 04-01-2021

beyond worthwhile !!!!!

....value in the intentional brevity....
but this review requiring 16 words is ridiculous...just ridiculous

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