Garner is a 2016 Windham-Campbell Prize recipient for her non-fiction writings. The judges praised Garner's work as 'intelligent, lucid and often disturbing.'
PRAISE FOR EVERYWHERE I LOOK
'A captivating collection...No matter the topic, Garner is a charming and courageous writer whose distinctive voice exemplifies the range of what is possible in personal writing.'--Publishers Weekly
'Garner brings to the collection not only her tremendous powers of observation but a continued employment of those skills to force readers to confront unpleasant truths. The graceful prose with which she delivers her insights will challenge readers to look at what is happening around them.'--Library Journal
'Like strolling around in an idiosyncratic, surprising, and informative museum.'--Kirkus
'Garner is a natural storyteller: her unillusioned eye makes her clarity compulsive.'--New Yorker
'Compulsively readable essays.'--Observer
'Writes with the humor and precision of Joy Williams, the warmth and ferocity of Elena Ferrante, and the investigative rigor of Janet Malcolm.'--John Freeman, LitHub
'A thoughtful dissection of the emotional anatomy of the everyday'.--Financial Times
'This is Garner in expansive mood writing gracefully about everything from her family to ballet to the dawn service.'--The Spectator
'Garner is a wonderful appreciator: she invites us into the work under review by leading us along the path of discovery she has followed.'--Open Letters Monthly
'Garner's prose is so very pleasant to read - dry, relaxed sentences that calmly reach out towards loveliness...[Her] willingness to look at and truly see the failures of human behavior, in herself no less than in others, that lends her work its power.'--Guardian
'A rich, beautiful book by a poet of the everyday, a sheer master of prose.'--Australian
'A book with a big scope, both in terms of the subjects covered and of the stylistic approaches used to discuss them--a great reminder of the range of the essay as form.'--Signature
'There's not a word wasted or out of place. Garner observes, intuits, shares and cares about the lives she writes about like no-one else. Readers will laugh, cry, squirm and gasp and wonder. It's Garner's unique gift as a writer, and it's beautifully realized in Everywhere I Look
.'--Books + Publishing
Spanning fifteen years of work, Everywhere I Look is a book full of intuition, insight and humor. 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 re-reading Pride and Prejudice.
Helen Garner is the author of numerous books of fiction and nonfiction. Her novel The Spare Room was published to critical acclaim in 2010. Her work of true crime This House of Grief received international praise.
PRAISE FOR This House of Grief
'[Garner] doesn't merely listen. She watches, imagines, second-guesses, empathizes, agonizes. Her voice--intimate yet sharp, wry yet urgent--inspires trust.'--Atlantic
'She writes with a profound understanding of human vulnerability, and of the subtle workings of love, memory and remorse.'--Economist
'Helen Garner is an invaluable guide into harrowing territory and offers powerful and unforgettable insights.'--Kate Atkinson
THIS HOUSE OF GRIEF won the Honorable Mention in the INDIEFAB 2015 Book of the Year Awards, True Crime category