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Issue Details: First known date: 1977... 1977 Monkey Grip
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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. Single parent Nora falls in love with Javo, a heroin addict, and together they try to make sense of their lives and the choices they have made.

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Monkey Grip Ken Cameron , Helen Garner , ( dir. Ken Cameron ) 1982 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

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: McPhee Gribble , 1977 .
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      Extent: 245p.
      Reprinted: 1991 0869142488 (pbk.)
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 1978 .
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      This image has been sourced from online (reprint).
      Extent: 245p.
      Reprinted: 1983 , 1996 0140256482
      ISBN: 0140049533
      Series: Australian Penguin Books Penguin (publisher), series - publisher
    • London,
      c
      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Virago ,
      1980 .
      Extent: [7], 245p.
      ISBN: 0860681335
    • New York (City), New York (State),
      c
      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
      :
      Seaview Books ,
      1981 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 245p.
      ISBN: 0872236773
    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2008 .
      person or book cover
      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 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 245p.
      Note/s:
      • Publication date: 29 June 2009.
      ISBN: 9780143202714
      Series: y separately published work icon Popular Penguins Penguin (publisher), Camberwell : Penguin , 2008- Z1605341 2008 series - publisher novel essay short story
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2018 .
      Extent: 352p.p.
      Description: Hardback ed.
      Note/s:
      • Published November 2018.

      ISBN: 9781925773156, 9781925774061
Language: French
    • Paris,
      c
      France,
      c
      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      des Femmes ,
      1987 .
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      This image has been sourced from online.
      Extent: 361p.
      ISBN: 2721003135

Works about this Work

Possibilities from the Peripheries into the Urban Labyrinth : Helen Garner’s Monkey Grip Nycole Prowse , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Claiming Space for Australian Women's Writing 2017; (p. 213-226)

'This chapter proposes that in the literary sphere the drug trope reframes spatial and temporal regulatory notions of the body. The drug metaphor disrupts temporal linearity through the reconfiguration of “junk time”. Likewise, landscapes, cityscapes and a sense of place are re-imagined in fluid, drugged dreamscapes. In this way, drug imagery evokes leakages and slippages across time, space and the body enabling a re-evaluation of corporeal possibilities and potential. The “perverse” portrayal of the subject-body in drug literature is hyperbolised through the drug trope. The extremities of drug use also magnify the examination of difference between bodies based on gender and corresponding (dis)connections with space and time. A textual analysis of the Australian novel, Helen Garner’s Monkey Grip (1977) in this chapter provides a literary example.'

Source: Abstract.

A New Literary Portrait of Helen Garner Leaves You Wanting to Know More Jen Webb , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Conversation , 3 May 2017;
'How remarkable that, after some 40 years of books and essays, stories, articles and movies, there have been so few major publications on the life and works of Helen Garner. The National Library of Australia catalogue lists discussion notes; a study (in Mandarin) by Zhu Xiaoying; and Kerryn Goldsworthy’s excellent 1996 monograph. Bernadette Brennan’s A Writing Life goes a considerable way to filling out this slender collection' (Introduction)
Australia in Three Books Paul Daley , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 76 no. 1 2017; (p. 19-22)
'I’ve chosen authors born in the twentieth century, whose work was published over a span of not quite half a century, from 1941 to the year of the bicentenary, 1988. I know: I’ve chosen three books published over some 47 years when there’s almost another 230 colonial and post-colonial years and, of course, 60,000 more with rich stories of continental habitation to choose from.' (Introduction)
Australia in Three Books Sofie Laguna , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 75 no. 1 2016; (p. 21-23)
Sofie Laguna shares her thoughts and memories on the reading of three Australian books.
Top 10 Books about 'Bad' Mothers Peggy Frew , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 14 September 2016;
First Impressions : The Critical Archives 2003 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 1 November 2003; (p. 2)

— Review of Monkey Grip Helen Garner , 1977 single work novel
Monkey Grip Lesley Morgan , 1978 single work review
— Appears in: Womanspeak , March-April vol. 3 no. 5 1978; (p. 29)

— Review of Monkey Grip Helen Garner , 1977 single work novel
[Review] Monkey Grip Barbara Giles , 1978 single work review
— Appears in: Luna , vol. 3 no. 1 1978; (p. 42)

— Review of Monkey Grip Helen Garner , 1977 single work novel
Books of the Week Paula Herlihen , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 30 September 2012; (p. 37)

— Review of Monkey Grip Helen Garner , 1977 single work novel
The Books That Made Us 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 19-20 August 1995; (p. rev 1-2)

— Review of My Brother Jack : A Novel George Johnston , 1964 single work novel ; The Lucky Country Donald Horne , 1964 single work non-fiction ; Joe Wilson and His Mates Henry Lawson , 1901 selected work short story ; My Brilliant Career Miles Franklin , 1901 single work novel ; Monkey Grip Helen Garner , 1977 single work novel ; Voss : A Novel Patrick White , 1957 single work novel ; The Fortunes of Richard Mahony Henry Handel Richardson , 1917 single work novel
Traffic i "The traffic is heavy today and the going's uphill. This is the", Anna Gibbs , 1988 single work poetry
— Appears in: Telling Ways : Australian Women's Experimental Writing 1988; (p. 53) Wordhord : A Critical Selection of Contemporary Western Australian Poetry 1989; (p. 236)
Coming Clean in an Ocean of Grey Leah de Forest , 2003 single work column
— Appears in: Canberra Sunday Times , 12 October 2003; (p. 19)
Mother & Child Reunion Susan Wyndham , 2006 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 19 August 2006; (p. 12-13) The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 August 2006; (p. 8-9)
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).
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