On Melbourne summer mornings the green trams go rolling in stately progress down tunnels thick with leaves: the bright air carries along the avenue their patient chime, the chattering of their wheels.

— Helen Garner

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But I now think what I was doing, in a completely unconscious way, was getting off the turf where my husband and I might be rivals. We were both working in fiction... so I look back and I see that I consciously vacated the contested ground.

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It's disturbing at my age to look at a young woman's destructive behaviour and hear the echoes of it, of one's own destructiveness in youth.

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I think some people wished I'd kept myself out of the book.

But I kind of insist on it because I want the reader to share my engagement with the material, if you like, not pretend that I'm doing it completely intellectually.

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That's one of the things I hope that the book can do, is to restore some dignity to Joe Cinque.

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Writers seem to me to be people who need to retire from social life and do a lot of thinking about what's happened - almost to calm themselves.

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I'm very disturbed by violence against women when it is violence.

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And always Melbourne, Melbourne, Melbourne, over and over the same photo in glaring greens and reds, of a tram, huffy, blunderous, manoeuvring itself with pole akimbo round the tight corner where Bourke Street enters Spring.

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I'm full of restlessness. Not lonely, exactly - my head is racing with ideas. But it is that old treacherous feeling that real life is happening somewhere else, and I'm left out.

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I think writers are very anxious.

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Well, I'm at some kind of crossroads in my life and I don't know which way to take. It's not about money, I mean, because I'm established enough now as a writer to get a reasonable advance if I wanted to do fiction.

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People demand a lot of the justice system and they demand things that it can't deliver.

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We were in a great, seething moment in the 1970s.

There was a new Labour government and everything seemed full of hope... But, as we got older and we saw how much women's behaviour contributed to what was wrong, we stopped being able to see ourselves purely as.

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About Helen Garner

Quotes 22 sayings
Profession Novelist
Birthday November 7, 1942

It's a terrific privilege to be able to see into somebody else's life.

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I suppose there must be idiots who dream of signing deals with publishers while fully intending to drink martinis in cool bars or ride around on skateboards. But the actual writers I know are experts in neurotic self-torture. Every page of writing is the result of a thousand tiny decisions and desperate acts of will.

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To slide into the domed reading room at ten each morning, specially in summer, off the hot street outside, was a sensation as delicious as dropping into the water off the concrete edge of the Fitzroy Baths.

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But there are some wounds that can never be healed.

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The only thing that I was equipped for with my very mediocre college Arts degree was to get a job in teaching.

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Now, I - for several years while I was researching this book, I felt quite obsessed by thoughts about sentencing, punishment, how judges arrive at their decisions.

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At the time it seemed like a natural development of my interest in what was going on around me in society.

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I like poking my nose into other people's lives.

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But I can't bear it when somebody who some man made a pass at - to call that violence seems to me absurd and insulting to women who've really met violence, who've been raped or bashed.

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