This House of Grief




      This House of Grief
Anyone can see the place where the children died You take the Princes Highway past Geelong, and keep going west in the direction of Colac Late in August 2006, soon after I had watched a magistrate commit Robert Farquharson to stand trial before a jury on three charges of murder, I headed out that way on a Sunday morning, across the great volcanic plain.On the evening of 4 September 2005, Father s Day, Robert Farquharson, a separated husband, was driving his three sons home to their mother, Cindy, when his car left the road and plunged into a dam The boys, aged ten, seven and two, drowned Was this an act of revenge or a tragic accident The court case became Helen Garner s obsession She followed it on its protracted course until the final verdict. In this utterly compelling book, Helen Garner tells the story of a man and his broken life She presents the theatre of the courtroom with its actors and audience, all gathered for the purpose of bearing witness to the truth, players in the extraordinary and unpredictable drama of the quest for justice.This House of Grief is a heartbreaking and unputdownable book by one of Australia s most admired writers. Helen Garner s first novel, Monkey Grip won the 1978 National Book Council Award, and was adapted for film in 1981 Since then she has published novels, short stories, essays, and feature journalism In 1995 she published The First Stone, a controversial account of a Melbourne University sexual harassment case Joe Cinque s Consolation 2004 was a non fiction study of two murder trials in Canberra In 2006 Helen Garner received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature Her most recent novel, The Spare Room 2008 , won the Victorian Premier s Literary Award for Fiction, the Queensland Premier s Award for Fiction and the Barbara Jefferis Award, and has been translated into many languages Helen Garner lives in Melbourne. Free Read This House of Grief By Helen Garner For Kindle ePUB or eBook – heartforum.co.uk

Helen Garner was born in Geelong in 1942 She has published many works of fiction including Monkey Grip, Cosmo Cosmolino and The Children s Bach Her fiction has won numerous awards She is also one of Australia s most respected non fiction writers, and received a Walkley Award for journalism in 1993.Her most recent books are The First Stone, True Stories, My Hard Heart, The Feel of Stone and Joe Cinque s Consolation In 2006 she won the Melbourne Prize for Literature She lives in Melbourne.Praise for Helen Garner s work Helen Garner is an extraordinarily good writer There is not a paragraph, let alone a page, where she does not compel your attention Bulletin She is outstanding in the accuracy of her observations, the intensity of passionher radar sure humour Washington Post Garner has always had a mimic s ear for dialogue and an eye for unconscious symbolism, the clothes and gestures with which we give ourselves away Peter Craven, Australian Helen Garner writes the best sentences in Australia Ed Campion, Bulletin

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  • Paperback
  • 300 pages
  • This House of Grief
  • Helen Garner
  • English
  • 12 November 2018
  • 1922079200

10 thoughts on “ This House of Grief

  1. Diane S ☔ says:

    I am not a big true crime reader but this one has been getting some good reviews As with anything concerning the deaths of young children, this one was heartbreaking Would a father, just to get back at his ex wife, actually stage an accident to murder his children Rating a book such as this one is hard What am I ratin...

  2. Mish says:

    There is nothing like sinking your teeth into a true crime Is there.But in this case, I honestly wish I were reading a crime of fiction then a real one, because the reality of the events, leading up and surrounding the death s of three brave little boys is seriously beyond belief and outright distressing And the memory is still fresh in the minds of Australians, and in particular Victorians who live and drive nearby the dam, trying get their head around this harrowing crime, wondering why and There is nothing like sinking your teeth into a true crime Is there.But in this case, I honestly wish I were reading a crime of fiction then a real one, because the reality of the events, leading up and surrounding the death s of three brave little boys is seriously beyond belief and outright distressing And the memory is still fresh in the minds of Australians, and in particular Victorians who live and drive nearby the dam, trying get their head around this harrowing c...

  3. Libby says:

    This House of Grief by Helen Garner is a truly sorrowful book, as one might imagine from the title In 2005, on Father s Day, in Winchelsea, Australia, Robert Farquharson drove off the road into a dam He was able to exit the car safely, but his three young sons drown Separated from his wife, Cindy Gambino, Farquharson had the children for the day, and was on the way to returning them to their mother Purportedly suffering a syncopal episode caused by a coughing fit, Farquharson lost This House of Grief by Helen Garner is a truly sorrowful book, as one might imagine from the title In 2005, on Father s Day, in Winchelsea, Australia, Robert Farquharson drove off the road into a dam He was able to exit the car safely, but his three young sons drown Separated from his wife, Cindy Gambino, Farquharson had the children for the day, and was on ...

  4. Carolyn says:

    In 2005 an event occurred that horrified all Australians Robert Farquharson, estranged from his wife, was returning his three young sons, Jai, Tyler and Bailey, to their mother after an access visit on Father s Day when his car swerved off the road, through a fence and across a paddock plunging his car into a seven metre deep dam While he managed to escape and swim to safety his three children drowned He claimed to have blacked out after a coughing fit and came to as the car was filling with In 2005 an event occurred that horrified all Australians Robert Farquharson, estranged from his wife, was returning his three young sons, Jai, Tyler and Bailey, to their mother after an access visit on Father s Day when his car swerved off the road, through a fence and across a paddock plunging his car into a seven metre deep dam While he managed to escape and swim to safety his three children drowned He claimed to have blacked out after a coughing fit and came to as the car was filling with water B...

  5. Li& says:

    Disturbing Truth is often stranger than fiction Once there was a hard working bloke who lived in a small Victorian Country Town with his wife and their three young son s One day out of the blue, his wife told him that she no longer was in love with him She did not want to go on with the marriage She asked him to move out The kids would live with her, she said, and he could see them whenever he liked The sad husband picked up his pillow and went to live with his widowed father, several Disturbing Truth is often stranger than fiction Once there was a hard working bloke who lived in a small Victorian Country Town with his wife and their three young son s One day out of the blue, his wife told him that she no longer was in love with him She did not want to go on with the marriage She asked him to move out The kids would live with her, she said, and he could see them whenever he liked The sad husband picked up his pillow and went to live with his widowed father, several streets away But 10 months later, just after dark on a ...

  6. Eliza Genang says:

    Fuckyeah this book My jury experience years ago got rid of any misty eyed romanticism about the democracy of the jury or court system, it is clear that this system of ours is a highly imperfect compromise This book is about the courts And it is so well done Neither schmaltzy nor hard nosed Intelligent, honest and important I want to hear about these things in long form I want diverse observers in the courts, bearing witness, telling the story This is a good use of a writer s time and Fuckyeah this book My jury experience years ag...

  7. Suzanne says:

    Fabulous writer I ll review this next week Can t wait to see her in conversation at the end of the month What a book.

  8. ☼♄Jülie  says:

    This House of Grief by Helen GarnerThis story reads like a work of fiction, incredibleit makes me reflect on the absolute fragility of the human condition, and how, regardless of our culpability, things can radically change, in the blink of an eyefor better or for worse.I find it quite disconcerting, to even for a moment, entertain the notion that in a flash moment of time, life can so drastically alter its direction, as to utterly and irrevocably change its courseand how, still This House of Grief by Helen GarnerThis story reads like a work of fiction, incredibleit makes me reflect on the absolute fragility of the human co...

  9. Elaine says:

    Reading about the death of children is never pleasant but to think of the death by drowning of these three young boys at the hand of their father is truly tragic and was a very devastating read Helen Garner has once again captured the court room drama and described it so vividly and with an intensity that makes you feel you are right there in the court room experiencing the events as they unfold This was such a tragic event with no one walking away unscathed It affected everyone in Winchelsea Reading about the death of children is never pleasant but to think of the death by drowning of these three young boys at the ...

  10. Susan says:

    This is an incredibly moving and well written account of a murder trial, which I found utterly gripping On a September evening in 2005, Robert Farquaharson was driving his three sons Jai, Tyler and Bailey back home to his estranged wife His wife, Cindy, had admitted that she no longer loved him and that she wanted him ...

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