By permission of Penguin Group (Australia)
y Monkey Grip single work   novel  
Issue Details: First known date: 1977 1977
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

Set in inner suburban 1970s Melbourne, Monkey Grip describes the fluid relationships of a community of friends who are living and loving in new ways. Nora falls in love with Javo the junkie, and together they try to make sense of their lives and the choices they have made.

Adaptations

form y Monkey Grip Ken Cameron , Helen Garner , Australia : Pavilion Films , 1981 Z820614 1982 single work film/TV (taught in 1 units)

Set in inner Melbourne over two summers, Monkey Grip is a frank portrayal of a divorced mother who is attempting to cope with both her thirteen-year-old daughter and her own relationship with a drug addict, while also trying to get into the music business. As she battles to regain control of her life, we meet an array of talented and reckless musicians, actors, and writers, all of whom play a part in her world and most of whom refuse to live by society's rules.

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  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1978 .
      Extent: 245p.
      Reprinted: 1983 , 1996 0140256482
      ISBN: 0140049533
      Series: Australian Penguin Books Penguin (publisher), series - publisher
    • London,
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      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Virago , 1980 .
      Extent: [7], 245p.
      ISBN: 0860681335
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
      :
      Seaview Books , 1981 .
      Extent: 245p.
      ISBN: 0872236773
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2008 .
      By permission of Penguin Group (Australia)
      Extent: 384p.
      ISBN: 9780143180036
      Series: Penguin Modern Classics series - publisher
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2009 .
      Extent: 245p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 29 June 2009.
      ISBN: 9780143202714
      Series: y Popular Penguins Penguin (publisher), Camberwell : Penguin , 2008- Z1605341 2008 series - publisher novel essay short story
Language: French
    • Paris,
      c
      France,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      des Femmes , 1987 .
      Extent: 361p.
      ISBN: 2721003135

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Australia in Three Books Sofie Laguna , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 75 no. 1 2016; (p. 21-23)
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— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 14 September 2016;
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— Appears in: Australian Book Review , March no. 369 2015; (p. 30-32)

'In 1978, Australia’s two most coveted national literary prizes of the time were both won by women: Helen Garner’s first novel Monkey Grip (1977) won the National Book Council Award for fiction, and the Miles Franklin Literary Award was won by Tirra Lirra by the River (1978), Jessica Anderson’s fourth novel. Both of these books have since become classics of Australian literature, rarely out of print and regularly rediscovered by new generations of readers.' (Author's introduction 30)

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— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 26 October 2014; (p. 16)
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‘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)
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— Appears in: The Lifted Brow , September no. 19 2013; (p. 16-19)
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— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 3 March 2012; (p. 26)
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Melbourne by the Book John Bailey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 12 August 2012; (p. 8-9)
The Interviewer & the Subject Sonya Voumard (interviewer), 2012 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 71 no. 2 2012; (p. 1-14)
Books of the Week Paula Herlihen , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 30 September 2012; (p. 37)

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— Appears in: Wet Ink , no. 24 2011; (p. 28-32)
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Unfortunate Affairs Chester Eagle , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Well in the Shadow : A Writer's Journey through Australian Literature 2010; (p. 1-11)
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)
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— Appears in: Biblionews and Australian Notes and Queries , September - December no. 367 - 368 2010; (p. 90-112)
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J'Accuse in the Antipodes : Helen Garner's Public Interventions Brigid Rooney , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literary Activists : Australian Writer-Intellectuals and Public Life 2009; (p. 139-157)
The 1970s Gossip Girls : Gossip's Role in the Surveillance and Construction of Female Social Networks in Helen Garner's Monkey Grip Giselle Bastin , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 23 no. 2 2009; (p. 115-120)
'Gossip in Melbourne author Helen Garner's writing can be viewed as that which is used in attempts to seal friendships, close the spaces and erase the differences that divide 'the self from the space of the other' (Nead 6). This discussion will consider how language constructs gendered living and speaking spaces and how Garner's concentration on forms of daily domestic exchange celebrates that which Whitlock refers to as 'exalted gossip over, among other things, self-centered masculine discourse.' (p. 115)
Sex in the City : Sexual Predation in Contemporary Australian Grunge Fiction Jean-François Vernay , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Aumla , May no. 107 2007; (p. 145-158)
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— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 294-298)
Mother & Child Reunion Susan Wyndham , 2006 single work biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 August 2006; (p. 8-9) The Age , 19 August 2006; (p. 12-13)
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— Appears in: Womanspeak , March-April vol. 3 no. 5 1978; (p. 29)

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Untitled Barbara Giles , 1978 single work review
— Appears in: Luna , vol. 3 no. 1 1978; (p. 42)

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— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 30 September 2012; (p. 37)

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— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 19-20 August 1995; (p. rev 1-2)

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— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June no. 1 1978; (p. 18)

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— Appears in: New Statesman , 1 February no. 99 1980; (p. 174-175)

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— Appears in: The Spectator , 26 January no. 244 1980; (p. 21)

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— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 18 January 1980; (p. 54)

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— Appears in: Library Journal , July no. 106 1981; (p. 1442-1443)

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— Appears in: The New Yorker , 13 July no. 57 1981; (p. 106)

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Untitled Kathryn Kramer , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The New York Times Book Review , 7 December 1986; (p. 79)

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— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 83)

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— Appears in: The Good Reading Guide 1989; (p. 83)

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Untitled The Vulture , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 19-20 November 1994; (p. 12)

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— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 1 December 1996; (p. 7)

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— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 200 1998; (p. 43)

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— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 12 October 2003; (p. 19)
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— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 August 2006; (p. 8-9) The Age , 19 August 2006; (p. 12-13)
Hard Hearts, Tender Years Brigid Delaney , 2006 single work essay
— Appears in: The Age , 7 October 2006; (p. 5)
Sex in the City : Sexual Predation in Contemporary Australian Grunge Fiction Jean-François Vernay , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Aumla , May no. 107 2007; (p. 145-158)
'This essay will focus on the sexuality of grunge fiction characters, and will examine the relationship of this focus to issues of embodiment, culture and urban spaces' (146).
Monkey Grip : Helen Garner (1942- ) Jane Gleeson-White , 2007 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Classics : Fifty Great Writers and Their Celebrated Works 2007; (p. 294-298)
J'Accuse in the Antipodes : Helen Garner's Public Interventions Brigid Rooney , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Literary Activists : Australian Writer-Intellectuals and Public Life 2009; (p. 139-157)
The 1970s Gossip Girls : Gossip's Role in the Surveillance and Construction of Female Social Networks in Helen Garner's Monkey Grip Giselle Bastin , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Antipodes , December vol. 23 no. 2 2009; (p. 115-120)
'Gossip in Melbourne author Helen Garner's writing can be viewed as that which is used in attempts to seal friendships, close the spaces and erase the differences that divide 'the self from the space of the other' (Nead 6). This discussion will consider how language constructs gendered living and speaking spaces and how Garner's concentration on forms of daily domestic exchange celebrates that which Whitlock refers to as 'exalted gossip over, among other things, self-centered masculine discourse.' (p. 115)
Unfortunate Affairs Chester Eagle , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Well in the Shadow : A Writer's Journey through Australian Literature 2010; (p. 1-11)
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'.
Before He was a Lexicographer : Eric Partridge and the Scholartis Press John Arnold , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Biblionews and Australian Notes and Queries , September - December no. 367 - 368 2010; (p. 90-112)
From a talk given to the Victorian branch of the Book Collector's Society of Australia on 24 September 2010.
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)
Revisiting Chapters of the Heart Anne Myers , 2012 single work prose
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 3 March 2012; (p. 26)
Anne Myers was a student nurse when she first read Helen Garner's Monkey Grip and saw her own city of Melbourne reflected back at her. Twenty years later, she re-read the novel and found her response to the character Javo had changed. After many years of nursing, her compassion had waned a little. She remains grateful, however, to Garner's novel for 'open[ing] up the city for me all those years ago'.
Melbourne by the Book John Bailey , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 12 August 2012; (p. 8-9)
The Interviewer & the Subject Sonya Voumard (interviewer), 2012 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 71 no. 2 2012; (p. 1-14)
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— Appears in: Australian & New Zealand Studies in Canada , December no. 10 1993; (p. 57-65)
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— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 49 no. 4 1989; (p. 539-553)
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— Appears in: Yacker : Australian Writers Talk About Their Work 1986; (p. 128-156)
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— Appears in: Speaking Volumes : Australian Writers and Their Work 1992; (p. 87-96)
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— Appears in: Aspects of Australian Fiction : Essays Presented to John Colmer, Professor Emeritus of English, The University of Adelaide 1990; (p. 113-126)
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