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Helen Garner is one of Australia's most successful authors.

She was born in Geelong in 1942 and worked initially as a high school teacher until the release of her first novel Monkey Grip, which was published in 1977. Monkey Grip was released as a feature film in 1982. Not afraid of the "hard subjects" she has gone onto be, at times, one of our most controversial authors and journalists. She has published novels, non-fiction books, screenplays and has worked as a freelance reviewer and feature writer.