Across 40 years of work, Helen Garner’s writing has been unsparing, in equal measure, of her subjects and of herself. Now, Bernadette Brennan has completed the first full-length study of Garner’s career, A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work. This literary portrait maps the writer’s life against her work, including the previously unavailable National Library of Australia archive of her personal papers. Bernadette talks to Susan Wyndham about scrutinising the life of the sharpest self-scrutiniser. 

Susan Wyndham (Australian)

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Susan Wyndham is a journalist and writer. She is the former literary editor of the Sydney Morning Herald, author of Life in His Hands: the true story of a neurosurgeon and a pianist, and contributing editor of My Mother, My Father: on losing a parent. She is a regular book reviewer, host of literary events and awards judge.