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Issue Details: First known date: 1984 1984
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Athena and Dexter lead an enclosed family life, innocent of fashion and bound towards a disturbed child. Their comfortable rut is disrupted by the arrival of Elizabeth, a tough nut from Dexter's past. With her three charming, chaotic hangers-on, she draws the couple out into a world whose casual egotism they had barely dreamed of. How can they get home again? (Source: publisher's website)

Notes

  • Adapted for the 1998 audio cassette 'The Children's Bach' published by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Narrated by Genevieve Picot. Also available in Braille.
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: McPhee Gribble , 1984 .
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      Extent: 96p.
      Reprinted: 1989 0869140744 (pbk.)
      ISBN: 0869140299
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: McPhee Gribble , 1985 .
      Extent: 96p.
      ISBN: 014008715
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1996 .
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      Extent: 96p.
      Reprinted: 1999 0140286284
      ISBN: 0140259163 (pbk.)
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2008 .
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      Extent: 163p.
      ISBN: 9780143180043 (pbk.)
      Series: Penguin Modern Classics series - publisher
Alternative title: Podle Bacha
Language: Czech
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      Fraktaly , 2004 .
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      Extent: 108p.
      ISBN: 808662708X

Works about this Work

Reading Australia : Helen Garner's 'The Children's Bach' Bernadette Brennan , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 371 2015; (p. 49-51)

'Houses, and their domestic spaces of intimacy and negotiation, sit at the core of Helen Garner’s early fiction. Most often they are large, communal houses in Melbourne’s Carlton or Fitzroy, places where a generation of youngish countercultural musicians, artists, and wounded souls challenge the accepted rules of sexual relationships and attempt to redefine what might constitute family. In the kitchens and bedrooms of Monkey Grip (1977), Honour and Other People’s Children (1980), and Cosmo Cosmolino (1992), Garner’s characters wrestle with their passions and ideals. The new patterns of living that they establish offer, particularly for the women, a sense of liberating possibility beyond marriage and childrearing, but that freedom is coupled with compromise and loss. In The Children’s Bach (1984), Garner shifts her focus to the suburban household of a married couple. In this novella, she both critiques and celebrates the burdens of responsibility and commitment.' (Publication summary)

A Story in Clothes 2014 single work
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Winter no. 44 2014;
y The Sydney Morning Herald 10 November 2014 8056916 2014 newspaper issue
‘Women’s Writing’ and ‘Feminism’ : A History of Intimacy and Estrangement Zora Simic , 2013 single work criticism
— Appears in: Outskirts : Feminisms Along the Edge , May no. 28 2013;
'Women’s Liberation in Australia and elsewhere created feminist readers and writers. Consciousness-raising and reading and writing were intimately linked. Within the women’s movement, journals, magazines and newspapers were launched, small presses inaugurated and writing and reading groups formed. Subscription lists charted the explosion in new titles by, for and about women, and feminist bookshops stocked them. Women’s writers’ festivals, poetry readings and book launches were opportunities to find and promote new work, and to meet other feminists. Some women writers from the past were rediscovered and many contemporary female writers were championed. One of the most successful writers to emerge on the Australian literary scene in the 1970s – Helen Garner, whose debut novel Monkey Grip (1977) won the National Book Council’s Book of the Year award in 1978 – directly linked her ascendency to feminism. A specifically feminist literary criticism began to develop. More generally, feminism also helped to expand the market for women’s writing, so much so that by the 1980s major publishers were developing lists of women’s fiction and/ or subsuming feminist presses into their operations.' (Author's introduction)
On the Short Side Geordie Williamson , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1 - 2 December 2012; (p. 18-19)
The Interview : Helen Garner Shannon Burns (interviewer), 2011 single work interview
— Appears in: Wet Ink , no. 24 2011; (p. 28-32)
'Author of Monkey Grip, The Children's Bach, and The First Stone - as well as other award-winning non-fiction - Helen Garner has kept readers on their toes for more than three decades. After sixteen years of non-fiction, readers might have assumed that Cosmo Cosmolino (1992) was destined to be the last of Garner's major fiction. Then, in 2008, The Spare Room - a novel based largely on three weeks spent nursing a terminally ill friend - was released to widespread critical acclaim.' (p. 28)
Habe Dank! Chester Eagle , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Well in the Shadow : A Writer's Journey through Australian Literature 2010; (p. 30-43)
A survey of Helen Garner's 'first phase'.
Greek Olives and Italian Prosciutto on Crusty French Bread : Food in Contemporary Fiction by Australian Women Jennifer Mitchell , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 2 no. 2010;
'Women have often had a troubled relationship with food, but in recent decades there has been a bit of a turn around - at least in fictional terms. In some earlier Australian feminist fiction from the 1970s and 1980s, women were often portrayed as oppressed by, or resistant to, food and eating. Here I explore food in Kate Grenville's Lilian's Story, Andrea Goldsmith's Gracious Living, and two works by Helen Garner - The Children's Bach and Cosmo Cosmolino. In these stories women refrain from eating, or over indulge, as forms of resistance to oppression. But times have changed. This essay examines the changing nature of how food is represented in fiction by Australian women. The later novels explored here - Drusilla Modjeska's The Orchard, Marion Halligan's The Fog Garden, Stephanie Dowrick Tasting Salt and Amanda Lohrey's Camille's Bread (1995) - significantly reframe food preparation and consumption as positive experiences that promote women's independence, and contribute to their creative lives and personal relationships. These later texts transcend the earlier view of domesticated women as anxious or resistant consumers of food. Instead, food is aesthetically rich and sensually rewarding; a controllable and pleasurable experience promoting health, wellbeing, and positive loving relationships. (Author's abstract)
Helen's Consolation Peter Wilmoth , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 15 June 2008; (p. 12)
Bach to the Future Peter Wilmoth , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 15 June 2008; (p. 19)
A Novel Approach to Modern Opera Robin Usher , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 17 June 2008; (p. 14)
Second Look Peter Craven , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 6 May 2001; (p. 10)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella
y Helen Garner Kerryn Goldsworthy , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1996 Z417973 1996 single work criticism
Untitled The Vulture , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 26-27 October 1996; (p. 12)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella
Once More with Feeling- Sex and the Self-Discovery Narrative Vivienne Muller , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Proceedings : Association for the Study of Australian Literature, Sixteenth Annual Conference, 3-8 July 1994 1995; (p. 172-179)
Towards a New Geography: Body of Women, Body of the World Veronica Brady , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Constructing gender : feminism and literary studies 1994; (p. 287-301)
The Language of Subversion: Discourses of Desire in "Painted Woman", "The Children's Bach", and "Messages from Chaos" Philippa Kelly , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 54 no. 1 1994; (p. 143-156)
Helen Garner's Running Writing (from Making Stories: How Ten Australian Novels were Written) Sue Woolfe , Kate Grenville , 1993 extract criticism (Making Stories : How Ten Australian Novels Were Written)
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 13 March 1993; (p. 20,23)
Helen Garner : "The Children's Bach" Sue Woolfe , Kate Grenville , 1993 single work criticism interview
— Appears in: Making Stories : How Ten Australian Novels Were Written 1993; (p. 59-93)
"I'm Writing to Save Myself": An Interview with Helen Garner Eleanor Wachtel (interviewer), 1993 single work interview
— Appears in: Australian & New Zealand Studies in Canada , December no. 10 1993; (p. 57-65)
Untitled John Webb , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Fremantle Arts Centre Broadsheet , May - June vol. 4 no. 3 1985; (p. 2)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella
Garner's New Dimensions Adrian Mitchell , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 8-9 December 1984; (p. 16)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella
Sound Advice From Helen Garner Peter Pierce , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 1 December 1984; (p. 18)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella
Two Australian Novels... Bach , Like Life is Never Simple Katharine England , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 8 December 1984; (p. 9)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella ; Shallows Tim Winton 1984 single work novel
Untitled R. Beeby , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 13 December 1984; (p. 14)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella
Lived-In Music Kerryn Goldsworthy , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , February-March no. 68 1985; (p. 22-24)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella
Modern Life David Parker , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , March vol. 29 no. 3 1985; (p. 70-72)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella ; Rowena's Field Nicholas Jose 1984 single work novel
Relationships End Not With a Bang, But a With a Whimper Robyn Stone , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 December 1985; (p. 40)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella
Strivings For Harmony Marion Halligan , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 12 January 1985; (p. 13)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella
Untitled Carolyn Gerrish , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Womanspeak , vol. 9 no. 2 1985; (p. 25)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella
Untitled Vida Horn , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June no. 71 1985; (p. 39-40)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella
Untitled K. Houghton , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 16 June 1985; (p. 26)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella
Helen Garner : Rescuing Fragments Rescuing Fragments Elizabeth Jolley , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Scripsi , August vol. 3 no. 2-3 1985; (p. 17-20) Eight Voices of the Eighties : Stories, Journalism and Criticism by Australian Women Writers 1989; (p. 327-330)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella
Untitled Nicholas Jose , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Age Monthly Review , vol. 5 no. 6 1985; (p. 17-18)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella ; Milk and Honey : A Novel Elizabeth Jolley 1984 single work novel
Untitled Peta Koch , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 19 January 1985; (p. 31)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella
Circumstances of our Own Making : Women's Fiction Elizabeth Perkins , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , no. 2 1985; (p. 4-11)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella ; Speaking : A Novel Janine Burke 1984 single work novel ; Paese Fortunato : Romanzo Rosa R. Cappiello 1981 single work novel ; Mother's Day Leone Sperling 1984 selected work novella
Adjustment in the Lair of the Foxes Gerard Windsor , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 8 January vol. 106 no. 5449 1985; (p. 74)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella
Untitled Kate Ahearne , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: Going Down Swinging , Autumn no. 7 1986; (p. 44-49)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella
A Literary Gift Dissapated by Abuse Penelope Nelson , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 30 September-1 October 1989; (p. 8)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella
Up-Country Yarns Still Enjoyable after 30 Years Stan Barney , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 6 August 1989; (p. 18)

— Review of The Children's Bach Helen Garner 1984 single work novella
Helen's Consolation Peter Wilmoth , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 15 June 2008; (p. 12)
Bach to the Future Peter Wilmoth , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 15 June 2008; (p. 19)
A Novel Approach to Modern Opera Robin Usher , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 17 June 2008; (p. 14)
Habe Dank! Chester Eagle , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Well in the Shadow : A Writer's Journey through Australian Literature 2010; (p. 30-43)
A survey of Helen Garner's 'first phase'.
Greek Olives and Italian Prosciutto on Crusty French Bread : Food in Contemporary Fiction by Australian Women Jennifer Mitchell , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Studies , vol. 2 no. 2010;
'Women have often had a troubled relationship with food, but in recent decades there has been a bit of a turn around - at least in fictional terms. In some earlier Australian feminist fiction from the 1970s and 1980s, women were often portrayed as oppressed by, or resistant to, food and eating. Here I explore food in Kate Grenville's Lilian's Story, Andrea Goldsmith's Gracious Living, and two works by Helen Garner - The Children's Bach and Cosmo Cosmolino. In these stories women refrain from eating, or over indulge, as forms of resistance to oppression. But times have changed. This essay examines the changing nature of how food is represented in fiction by Australian women. The later novels explored here - Drusilla Modjeska's The Orchard, Marion Halligan's The Fog Garden, Stephanie Dowrick Tasting Salt and Amanda Lohrey's Camille's Bread (1995) - significantly reframe food preparation and consumption as positive experiences that promote women's independence, and contribute to their creative lives and personal relationships. These later texts transcend the earlier view of domesticated women as anxious or resistant consumers of food. Instead, food is aesthetically rich and sensually rewarding; a controllable and pleasurable experience promoting health, wellbeing, and positive loving relationships. (Author's abstract)
The Interview : Helen Garner Shannon Burns (interviewer), 2011 single work interview
— Appears in: Wet Ink , no. 24 2011; (p. 28-32)
'Author of Monkey Grip, The Children's Bach, and The First Stone - as well as other award-winning non-fiction - Helen Garner has kept readers on their toes for more than three decades. After sixteen years of non-fiction, readers might have assumed that Cosmo Cosmolino (1992) was destined to be the last of Garner's major fiction. Then, in 2008, The Spare Room - a novel based largely on three weeks spent nursing a terminally ill friend - was released to widespread critical acclaim.' (p. 28)
A Pleasant, Meaningless Discord : Helen Garner's 'The Children's Bach' Nicholas Mansfield , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , June vol. 36 no. 2 1991; (p. 17-22)
On the Short Side Geordie Williamson , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 1 - 2 December 2012; (p. 18-19)
Helen Garner's Running Writing (from Making Stories: How Ten Australian Novels were Written) Sue Woolfe , Kate Grenville , 1993 extract criticism (Making Stories : How Ten Australian Novels Were Written)
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 13 March 1993; (p. 20,23)
Helen Garner : "The Children's Bach" Sue Woolfe , Kate Grenville , 1993 single work criticism interview
— Appears in: Making Stories : How Ten Australian Novels Were Written 1993; (p. 59-93)
"I'm Writing to Save Myself": An Interview with Helen Garner Eleanor Wachtel (interviewer), 1993 single work interview
— Appears in: Australian & New Zealand Studies in Canada , December no. 10 1993; (p. 57-65)
Another One for the Album Don Anderson , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22 October 1988; (p. 87)
Towards a New Geography: Body of Women, Body of the World Veronica Brady , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Constructing gender : feminism and literary studies 1994; (p. 287-301)
Serving in the Home Guard: Housekeepers and Homemakers in The Children's Bach and Dancing in the Dark Karen Grandy , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian & New Zealand Studies in Canada , Fall no. 6 1991; (p. 76-89)
The Anarchistic Craft of The Children's Bach John Clower , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian & New Zealand Studies in Canada , Fall no. 6 1991; (p. 55-75)
Helen Garner Candida Baker (interviewer), 1986 single work biography interview
— Appears in: Yacker : Australian Writers Talk About Their Work 1986; (p. 128-156)
Desire and Repetition in the Novels of Helen Garner Andrew Taylor , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Aspects of Australian Fiction : Essays Presented to John Colmer, Professor Emeritus of English, The University of Adelaide 1990; (p. 113-126)
The Language of Subversion: Discourses of Desire in "Painted Woman", "The Children's Bach", and "Messages from Chaos" Philippa Kelly , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 54 no. 1 1994; (p. 143-156)
Helen Garner and God Philippa Hawker , 1990 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Herald (Sunday Review) , 4 November 1990; (p. 38-39)
Of War and Needlework : The Fiction of Helen Garner Peter Craven , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 44 no. 2 1985; (p. 209-219)
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