In Helen Garner’s Yellow Notebook we experience one of our greatest writers in raw, unguarded form. We read of her fierce struggle with herself – “No wonder he can’t stand me. I can hardly stand myself” – her writing – “a middle-level craftswoman” – and the diary itself – “What is the point of this diary?” And we revel in her sharp, vivid observations, her biting wit and hard-won wisdom, and the immersive acuity of the thoughtscape she has created and so generously shared.
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Helen Garner writes novels, stories, screenplays and works of non-fiction. In 2006 she received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature, and in 2016 she won the prestigious Windham–Campbell 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. Her books include Monkey Grip, The Spare Room, This House of Grief and Everywhere I Look. Yellow Notebook: Diaries Volume I 1978–1987 marks the publication of her first volume of diaries.
Annabel Crabb is the ABC’s Chief Political Writer and presenter of Back in Time for Dinner, The House and the highly acclaimed Kitchen Cabinet series on ABC TV. Annabel has worked extensively in newspapers, radio and television. With Leigh Sales, she is the host of the wildly popular podcast Chat 10, Looks 3 and is the author of five books, including two cook books with long-time friend Wendy Sharpe, as well as two acclaimed Quarterly Essays, most recently Men at Work: Australia’s Parenthood Trap.