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    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 fa

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    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 acci

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    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

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    ‘This House of Grief’ by Helen Garner is a truly sorrowful book as one might imagine from the title In 2005

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    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 t

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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 mom

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    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 his estranged wife His wife Cindy had admitted that she no longer loved him and that she wanted him to move out

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This House of Grief

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 1978 National Book Council Award and was ada. 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 after a coughing fit and came to as the car was filling with water Both he and his estranged wife asserted he loved his children and would never hurt them let them kill them However the police were less convinced as several factors didn t seem right including the path travelled by the car and Faruharson s behaviour during and after the accident and he was eventually charged with the murderHelen Garner sat through the entire six week trial in 2007 and then an appeal and retrial in 2010 hoping to learn the truth Was this a dreadful accident or a horrific murder carried out as an act of revenge on his wife for dumping him and taking a new partner Perhaps it was a planned murdersuicide but Faruharson failed to go through with killing himself Perhaps it wasn t premeditated at all but happened in an instant in a fit of rage Throughout the trial Garner doesn t take sides she prevaricates between thinking this can t have been an accident and feeling sorry for the sad downtrodden man on trial While showing us the human faces of this trial the accused and his estranged wife their families the witnesses the lawyers and judges Garner takes us through the anatomy of a criminal trial She carefully describes the way in which evidence is given by witnesses and picked apart by the lawyers with the microscopic examination of tiny details often taking up long stifling days She further shows us the human side of the trial as she watches the unspoken interactions between the accused and his family listens to the banter and opinions of the journalists and observes the jury s response to the witnesses and evidence Did the jury make the right decision You ll have to read the book to see what you think In the end however no amount of punishment or retribution can make up for the death of three innocent young boys As Garner herself concludes Every stranger grieves for them Every stranger s heart is broken The children s fate is our legitimate concern They are ours to mourn They belong to all of us now Shadow of Doubt (Newpointe 911, until the final verdict In this Amazing Discoveries That Unlock the Bible 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 The Ruminator unpredictable drama of the Infamous uest for justice This House of Grief is a heartbreaking and Comfort of a Man unputdownable book by one of Australia's most admired writers Helen Garner's first novel Monkey Grip won the 1978 National Book Council Award and was ada. 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 after a coughing fit and came to as the car was filling with water Both he and his estranged wife asserted he loved his children and would never hurt them let them kill them However the police were less convinced as several factors didn t seem right including the path travelled by the car and Faruharson s behaviour during and after the accident and he was eventually charged with the murderHelen Garner sat through the entire six week trial in 2007 and then an appeal and retrial in 2010 hoping to learn the truth Was this a dreadful accident or a horrific murder carried out as an act of revenge on his wife for dumping him and taking a new partner Perhaps it was a planned murdersuicide but Faruharson failed to go through with killing himself Perhaps it wasn t premeditated at all but happened in an instant in a fit of rage Throughout the trial Garner doesn t take sides she prevaricates between thinking this can t have been an accident and feeling sorry for the sad downtrodden man on trial While showing A Cowboy Christmas us the human faces of this trial the accused and his estranged wife their families the witnesses the lawyers and judges Garner takes Comfort of a Man us through the anatomy of a criminal trial She carefully describes the way in which evidence is given by witnesses and picked apart by the lawyers with the microscopic examination of tiny details often taking Husband From 9 To 5 up long stifling days She further shows The Bonny Bride us the human side of the trial as she watches the The Beleaguered Lord Bourne (Regency Trilogy, unspoken interactions between the accused and his family listens to the banter and opinions of the journalists and observes the jury s response to the witnesses and evidence Did the jury make the right decision You ll have to read the book to see what you think In the end however no amount of punishment or retribution can make Bending the Rules (Sisterhood Diaries, up for the death of three innocent young boys As Garner herself concludes Every stranger grieves for them Every stranger s heart is broken The children s fate is our legitimate concern They are ours to mourn They belong to all of Hope Street us now

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Pted for film in 1981 Since then she has published novels short stories essays and feature journalism In 1995 she published The First Stone a controversial account of a Melbourne University sexual harassment case Joe Cinue's Consolation 2004 was a non fiction study of two murder trials in Canberra In 2006 Helen Garner received the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature Her most recent novel The Spare Room 2008 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 Melbourn. 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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Anyone can see the place where the children died You take the Princes Highway past Geelong and keep going west in the direction of Colac Late in August 2006 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 4 September 2005 Father'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 or a tragic. 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 4th September 2005A whole sad parade of ordinary people become principal actors in the court drama One of the most appalling public ordeals I suppose that anyone now has to go through is cross examination You are postman a mechanic a farmer a window cleaner and because of where you were and what you saw at this one particular time you become the focus of the high beam intensity laser intelligence of a barrister who will try to tear you in pieces Here s how Helen Garner describes cross examination of a woman who had remembered something very damaging to the defense The whole point is to make the witness s story look shaky to pepper the jury with doubt So you get a grip on her basic observations and you chop away and chop away and sueeze and shout and pull her here and push her there you cast aspersions on her memory and her good faith and her intelligence till you make her hesitate or stumble She starts to feel self conscious then she gets an urge to add things and buttress and emphasise and maybe embroider because she knows what she saw and she wants to be believed but she s not allowed to tell it her way You re in charge All she can do is answer your uestions And then you slide away from the central thing she s come forward with and you try to catching her out with the peripheral stuff Did you see his chin then she starts to get rattled and you provoke her with a smart crack Are you sure it wasn t a football she tries to get back to the place she started from where she really does remember seeing something and knows what she saw but that place of certainty no longer exists because you ve destroyed itPowerful stuff There s probably human misery in this book than I can really recommend to the non true crime fan but if you can stand looking one single horrific act in the face for 300 pages Helen Garner is the most precise and compassionate guide

  • Paperback
  • 300
  • This House of Grief
  • Helen Garner
  • English
  • 24 August 2019
  • 9781922079206

About the Author: Helen Garner

Helen Garner was born in Geelong in 1942 She has published many works of fiction including Monkey Grip Cosmo Cosmolino and The Children's Bach Her fiction has won numerous awards She is also one of Australia's most respected non fiction writers and received a Walkley Award for journalism in 1993Her most recent books are The First Stone True Stories My Hard Heart The Feel of Stone and Joe