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Ard and was adapted for film in Since then she has published novels short stories essays and feature journalism In she published The First Stone a controversial account of a Melbourne University sexual harassment case Joe Cinue's Consolation was a non fiction study of two murder trials in Canberra In Helen Garner received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature Her most recent novel The Spare Room won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Fiction the ueensland Premier's Award for Fiction and the Barbara Jefferis Award and has been translated into many languages Helen Garner lives in Melbourne Fuckyeah this book My jury experience years ago got rid of any misty eyed romanticism about the democracy of the jury or court system it is clear that this system of ours is a highly imperfect compromise This book is about the courts And it is so well done Neither schmaltzy nor hard nosed Intelligent honest and important I want to hear about these things in long form I want diverse observers in the courts bearing witness telling the story This is a good use of a writer s time and energy and she has done a good job

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This House of Grief

Anyone can see the place where the children died You take the Princes Highway past Geelong and keep going west in the direction This House Epubof Colac Late in August soon after I had watched a magistrate commit Robert Faruharson to stand trial before a jury on three charges of murder I headed out that way on a Sunday morning across the great volcanic plain On the evening of SeptemberFather's Day Robert Faruharson a separated husband was driving his three sons home to their mother Cindy when his car left the road and plunged into a dam The boys aged ten seven and two drowned Was this an act of revenge I am not a big true crime reader but this one has been getting some good reviews As with anything concerning the deaths of young children this one was heartbreaking Would a father just to get back at his ex wife actually stage an accident to murder his childrenRating a book such as this one is hard What am I rating the uality of the case Doesn t seem right somehow The only thing I can say is that this was clearly written easy to understand the trial and the evidence It was presented in as unemotional a way as is possible in such a case Not an enjoyable read but it was interesting seeing how the case was put together and the thoughts of the writer as she witnesses this case that had such a terrible outcomeARC from publisher

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Or a tragic accident The court case became Helen Garner's obsession She followed it on its protracted course until the final verdict In this utterly compelling book Helen Garner tells the story of a man and his broken life She presents the theatre of the courtroom with its actors and audience all gathered for the purpose of bearing witness to the truth players in the extraordinary and unpredictable drama of the uest for justice This House of Grief is a heartbreaking and unputdownable book by one of Australia's most admired writers Helen Garner's first novel Monkey Grip won the National Book Council Aw Disturbing Truth is often stranger than fiction Once there was a hard working bloke who lived in a small Victorian Country Town with his wife and their three young son s One day out of the blue his wife told him that she no longer was in love with him She did not want to go on with the marriage She asked him to move out The kids would live with her she said and he could see them whenever he liked The sad husband picked up his pillow and went to live with his widowed father several streets away But 10 months later just after dark on a September evening in 2005 while the discarded husband was driving his sons back to their mother from a Father s Day outing his old white Commodore swerved off the highway barely five minutes from home and plunged into a damn He freed himself from the car and swam to the bank The car sink to the bottom and all the children drowned I saw it on the TV news Night Low foliage Water misty and black Blurred lights a chopper Men in hi viz and helmets Something very bad here Something frightful Oh Lord let this be an accidentThis house of grief by Helen Gardner follows the trial of Robert Faruarharson an estranged husband and father of three whose car went off the road into a deep dam in Australia We get a uniue look into the courtroom as the witnesses take the stand the experts in their field testify and the evidence is layed out Gardner does an beautiful job of allowing the reader to experience the intimate atmosphere of the room throughout the proceedings I was especially moved by her unaltered descriptions of the body language and facial expressions of everyone in the room effortlessly giving the reader a crystal clear image of Robert Faruharson his family the reporters the council Judge and members of the jury as they endured the lengthy trial I myself had made up my mind early on concerning Robert Faruharson s guilt or innocence only to uestion my decision as the trial progressed This is a profound and moving experience It chilled me to the bone that Robert was even on trial that he could have drowned his three boys on purpose But did he Or was it an accident that he had no control over Truth is often stranger than fiction You decide


10 thoughts on “This House of Grief

  1. says:

    I wasn't even going to read this yet It was for later But once I picked it up that was thatThis is about a murder trial in which a father was accused of drowning his three children It was in Australia in 2005 His car left the road and drove straight into a dam and plunged down 30 feet The three kids in the car died the father survivedIn a case like this the whole thing turns on the state of mind of the father at that precise moment 7 pm 4t

  2. says:

    I am not a big true crime reader but this one has been getting some good reviews As with anything concerning the deaths of young children this one was heartbreaking Would a father just to get back at his ex wife actually stage an accident to murder his childrenRating a book such as this one is hard What am I rating the uality of the case Doesn't seem right somehow The only thing I can say is that this was clea

  3. says:

    There is nothing like sinking your teeth into a true crime Is thereBut in this case I honestly wish I were reading a crime of fiction then a real one because the reality of the events leading up and surrounding the death’s of three brave little boys is seriously beyond belief and outright distressing And the memory is still fresh in the minds of Australians and in particular Victorians who live and drive nearby the dam trying get their he

  4. says:

    ‘This House of Grief’ by Helen Garner is a truly sorrowful book as one might imagine from the title In 2005 on Father’s Day in Winchelsea Australia Robert Faruharson drove off the road into a dam He was able to exit the car safely but his three young sons drown Separated from his wife Cindy Gambino Faruharson had the children for the day and was on the way to returning them to their mother Purportedly suffering a syncopal episode caus

  5. says:

    Disturbing Truth is often stranger than fiction Once there was a hard working bloke who lived in a small Victor

  6. says:

    In 2005 an event occurred that horrified all Australians Robert Faruharson estranged from his wife was returning his three young sons Jai Tyler and Bailey to their mother after an access visit on Father’s Day when his car swerved off the road through a fence and across a paddock plunging his car into a seven metre deep dam While he managed to escape and swim to safety his three children drowned He claimed to have blacked out af

  7. says:

    Fuckyeah this book My jury experience years ago got rid of any misty eyed romanticism about the democracy of the jury or court system it is clear that this system of ours is a highly imperfect compromise This book is about the courts And it is so well done Neither schmaltzy nor hard nosed Intelligent honest and important I want t

  8. says:

    Fabulous writer I’ll review this next week Can’t wait to see her in conversation at the end of the month What a book

  9. says:

    This House of Grief by Helen GarnerThis story reads like a work of fiction incredibleit makes me reflect on the absolute fragility of the human condition and how regardless of our culpability things can radically change in the blink of an eyefor better or for worseI find it uite disconcerting to even for a moment entertain the notion that in a flash moment of time life can so drastically alter its direction as to utterly and ir

  10. says:

    This is an incredibly moving and well written account of a murder trial which I found utterly gripping On a September evening in 2005 Robert Faruaharson was driving his three sons – Jai Tyler and Bailey – back home to h

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