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Yellow Notebook: Diaries Volume I 1978-1987 (MP3)
Written by:
Helen Garner 
Read by:
Helen Garner 
Unabridged MP3 CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
7 hours 36 minutes 
MP3 size:
329 MB 
January 01 2021 
Available Date:
January 01 2021 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Australian; Autobiography; Writer 
ABC Audio 
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AUD$ 34.95
AUD$ 34.95

Award winning author
Australian author

Yellow Notebook, Diaries Volume One, in this elegant audiobook edition, spans about a decade beginning in the late 1970s just after the publication of her first title, Monkey Grip. It will delight Garner fans and those new to her work alike.

Helen Garner has kept a diary for almost all her life. But until now, those exercise books filled with her thoughts, observations, frustrations and joys have been locked away, out of bounds, in a laundry cupboard. Finally, Garner has opened her diaries and invited readers into the world behind her novels and works of non-fiction. Yellow Notebook: Diaries Volume I spans a decade beginning in the late 1970s just after the publication of her first novel, Monkey Grip. With their frankness, humour and steel-sharp wit, these accounts of everyday happenings provide an intimate insight into the life of one of Australia’s greatest writers.

'A natural storyteller.'
James Wood

'Garner's stories share characteristics of the postcard: they flash before us carefully recorded images that remind us of harsher realities not pictured. And like postcards they are economically written, a bit of conversation is transcribed, a memory recalled, an event noted, scenes pass as if viewed from a train – momentarily, distinct and tantalizing in their beauty.'
New York Times

'A perfect introduction for first-timers who have not yet experienced the pleasures of Garner's writing.'
Sydney Morning Herald

'In some ways, the diaries are the apotheosis of her entire career, and the most exciting thing she has ever published.'
Literary Hub

‘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.’