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Helen Garner to speak at La Trobe

Australian novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist, Helen Garner, will be speaking to students at La Trobe University this morning.

Garner’s new non-fiction book, This House of Grief, tells the story of Robert Farquharson: an ordinary man who committed an unthinkable crime.

On Father’s Day in 2005, Farquharson murdered his three sons – aged ten, seven and two – by driving them into a farm dam near Winchelsea in Victoria’s south-west.

He was tried and sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2009, he won the right to a retrial but was again convicted of murder on 22 July 2010.

Garner’s book depicts the intricate twists and turns of the trial with ease.

This House of Grief has all the trademark Helen Garner touches: harrowing scenes recorded without restraint or censorship; touching observations of characters’ weaknesses; wry moments of humour. And also customary with Garner’s work, her words, and the boys’ fate, will haunt us long after we’ve turned the last page.
~ Guardian Australia

Garner will be in conversation with journalism academic Erdem Koç.

All staff and students are welcome.

Date: Wednesday, 8 October, 2014

Time: 10.00am

Location: ELT 6, La Trobe University


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