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Issue Details: First known date: 2008... 2008 The Spare Room
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'Helen lives in Melbourne, and her friend Nicola flies down from Sydney for a three-week visit. She will sleep in Helen's house, in her lovingly prepared spare room. This is no ordinary visit. Nicola has advanced cancer and is seeking alternative treatment from a clinic in Helen's city. From the moment Nicola steps off the plane, gaunt, staggering like a crone, her voice hoarse but still with something grand about her, Helen becomes her nurse, her protector, her guardian angel and her stony judge.' (Publisher's blurb)

Notes

  • Epigraph: 'It is a privilege to prepare the place where someone else will sleep.' - Elizabeth Jolley
  • Epigraph: '... or is this the way the heart behaves when it grieves?' - Louise Gluck.
  • Briefly noted in the New York Times Book Review, 115.6 (7 February 2010): 24.
  • Reading Group Guide available through the Text Publishing website.
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2008 .
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      Extent: 195p.
      Note/s:
      • Published April 2008
      ISBN: 9781921351396 (pbk.)
    • New York (City), New York (State),
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      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Henry Holt ,
      2008 .
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      Extent: 1v.p.
      ISBN: 9780805088885
    • Edinburgh,
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      Scotland,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      Canongate ,
      2008 .
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      Extent: 195p.
      ISBN: 9781847672650 (hbk.)
    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Text Publishing , 2009 .
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      Extent: 208p.
      ISBN: 9781921520280 (pbk.)
Alternative title: De logeerkamer
Language: Dutch
    • Amsterdam,
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      Netherlands,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
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      De Bezige Bij ,
      2008 .
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      Extent: 164p.
      ISBN: 9789023428923

Works about this Work

Confronting the Dark : Using Practice-led Research to Write about Death Karen M. Klima , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: TEXT Special Issue Website Series , October no. 35 2016;
'In this article, I describe how my personal experience of death prompted the writing of a novel and how the practice of writing about death led me to develop a critical inquiry into Continental philosophy and other theories of death. I discuss philosophical approaches to living authentically in the face of death and the human tendency to search for meaning. I undertake a close reading of Helen Garner’s The Spare Room (2008) in light of these issues and the changing attitudes to death since modernism, particularly the need for open communication about death and the importance for the dying in feeling that their life has significance for other people.' (Publication abstract)
A Friendship Tested in the Shadow of Death Edwina Shaw , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 2-3 February 2013; (p. 20-1-21)
Alfred Tennyson and Helen Garner in an Age of Doubt Michael Jensen , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , May vol. 56 no. 5 2012; (p. 63-69)
Untitled Lionel Shriver , 2011 single work review
— Appears in: The Wall Street Journal , 12 March 2011; (p. C10)

— Review of The Spare Room Helen Garner 2008 single work novel
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)
Untitled David Gaunt , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: Bookseller + Publisher Magazine , February vol. 87 no. 6 2008; (p. 38)

— Review of The Spare Room Helen Garner 2008 single work novel
Opening Up the Spare Room Rachel Buchanan , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 29 March 2008; (p. 25)

— Review of The Spare Room Helen Garner 2008 single work novel
Human Truths Revealed in Tale of Fight Against Mortality Geoffrey Lehmann , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 29-30 March 2008; (p. 8-9)

— Review of The Spare Room Helen Garner 2008 single work novel
Unsentimental Dedication Pamela Bone , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Literary Review , April vol. 3 no. 3 2008; (p. 4)

— Review of The Spare Room Helen Garner 2008 single work novel
Gimlet-Eyed Meditation on Duties of Care Melinda Harvey , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 5 April 2008; (p. 12)

— Review of The Spare Room Helen Garner 2008 single work novel
Between Two Worlds Deborah Bogle , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 29 March 2008; (p. 13)
It's Fiction and That's a Fact Jason Steger , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 29 March 2008; (p. 24-25)
Helen Garner discusses her novel The Spare Room with Jason Steger. She explains her dissatisfaction with distinctions between fiction and non-fiction writing, and argues that readers want 'a space opened up by the author where they can linger and compare their experiences, thoughts and emotions with those of the character'.
Facts in the Fiction Susan Wyndham , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29-30 March 2008; (p. 26-27)
Truly Helen Kate Legge , 2008 single work biography
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 29-30 March 2008; (p. 16-19, 21)
Life and Death Conversation Gillian Lord , 2008 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 5 April 2008; (p. 11-12)
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