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Why should it be any different from any other love affair? Why shouldn't it run through its phases, wither, and die? I'd better work if I want to survive this, and if I want to play my full and proper part in it. Who wants a lovesick, lazy drip, obsessed with her own emotions and full of resentment against fate? I can only live the thing to its fullest extent. This is what life is. It's not for saying no. Helen Garner's second volume of diaries charts a tumultuous stage in her life. Beginning in 1987, as she embarks on an affair that she knows will be all-consuming, and ending in 1995 with the publication of The First Stone and the bombshell that followed it, Garner reveals the inner life of a woman in love and a great writer at work. With devastating honesty, she grapples with what it means for her sense of self to be so entwined with another-how to survive as an artist in a partnership that is both thrilling and uncompromising. And through it all we see the elevating, and grounding, power of work.

 

Details

ISBN: 9781922330277
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Publication Date: 3 Nov 2020
Publisher: Text Publishing
Publication City, Country: Melbourne, Australia
Dimensions (cm): 24.1(H) x 16(L)

 

Reviews

'Garner is scrupulous, painstaking, and detailed, with sharp eyes and ears. She is everywhere at once, watching and listening, a recording angel at life's secular apocalypses...her unillusioned eye makes her clarity compulsive.' * James Wood, New Yorker *
'On the page, Garner is uncommonly fierce, though this usually has the effect on me of making her seem all the more likable. I relish her fractious, contrarian streak - she wears it as a chef would a bloody apron - even as I worry about what it would be like to have to face it down.' * Guardian *
'A rich insight into what it means to be an artist. Not just a writer but any kind of artist where the pull of the work surpasses everything else. Reading these snatches of life being lived is like being given a painting you love gleaming with the still-wet paint.' * Helen Elliott, Australian on Yellow Notebook *
'Garner's self-deprecating reflections are profound and funny. Her dispatches from daily life in the late 80s and early 90s...are relayed in her trademark matter-of-fact prose, always oriented towards truth and self-examination, no matter how painful...One Day I'll Remember This is a revealing window into the mind of one of Australia's greatest living writers.' * Books+Publishing *
'The spirituality of these diaries is worth a library of high-minded theology...Their acuity is ultimately healing. You will leave with the impression that you have not so much been looking at Garner's life as at life itself.' * Age *
'One Day I'll Remember This will appeal not only to Garner fans but to anyone who wants a profound insight into the mind of a true artist.' * WellRead *
'One Day I'll Remember This is a delightful book, longing to be dipped in and out of, and, through it, the reader gets a picture of this remarkable woman.' * Readings *
'The ordinary in these diaries - the daily, the diurnal, the stumbled-upon, the breathing in and out - is turned into something else through the writer's extraordinary craft.' * ABR *
'What a joy and a privilege it is to dive into the pages of Helen Garner's second volume of diaries...If you have never read Garner, read them for the sheer beauty of the prose and clarity of her thinking. If, like me, you have devoured everything she has ever written, they will enhance your understanding of her work.' * Nicole Abadee, Good Weekend *
'Helen Garner is one of the lords of language in our midst and something more. She has a poet's ear, a painter's eye and she understands profoundly and without self-pity the mystery of the tears in things.' * Australian *
'Another 2020 reading highlight was Helen Garner's One Day I'll Remember This: Diaries 1987-1995 (Text). The book is typically Garneresque in its ability to cut straight through the bullshit, while also being poetic, gentle and life affirming. Garner continues to explore what it is to be human - in all its endless loss, beauty, connection and grit.' * Alice Bishop, Age *
'With One Day I'll Remember This: Diaries 1987-1995 (Text), Helen Garner proves once more why anything and everything she writes is a life lesson in courage, acuity and the eviscerating quest for self-knowledge. What unites these three books, apart from sublime writing, is the revelation of the lengths to which women must go to hide their lights - protect yet nourish their secret selves - and the cost of such radical concealment.' * Clare Wright, Age *
'I loved Helen Garner's second volume of diaries, One Day I'll Remember This. I would read Garner's grocery lists; she's one of my favourites. I must have underlined something on every page.' * Fatima Bhutto *
'This volume is proof that even [Garner's] writing for the desk drawer is exquisite. Come for the scarifying honesty; stay for sentences that could have been turned on a lathe.' * Geordie Williamson, Australian *

 

Author Biography

Helen Garner writes novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, the prestigious Windham-Campbell Literature Prize for non-fiction and the Western Australian Premier's Book Award. In 2019 she was honoured with the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature, and in 2020 she received the Lloyd O'Neill Award for her outstanding contribution to the industry. Her books include Monkey Grip, The Children's Bach, The First Stone, Joe Cinque's Consolation, The Spare Room, This House of Grief, Everywhere I Look, True Stories and Yellow Notebook.

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