Posted by: Lisa Hill | December 17, 2019

A Christmas present for one of my (Australian) subscribers…

A little while ago, Text Publishing sent me a copy of Helen Garner’s Yellow Notebook.   If their publicist had read my blog, or noticed that I did not review the last Garner title they published and sent to me, they would have known not to do this.  There are legions of fans of Helen Garner, but I am not one of them. (Update, the next day: by brilliant coincidence, for those of you who love Garner, Kim at Reading Matters has reviewed this book.)

What to do?  It is a brand-new, unopened hardback copy.  I could send it to the Op Shop as I did with the previous unwanted one, but I’ve decided, in the spirit of the festive season, to offer it to one of my subscribers.

I’m not promoting this on Twitter, only my regular readers via email or Facebook subscribers will receive this offer.  I’m sorry, it’s only open to readers with an Australian postcode because overseas postage is too horrible to contemplate.

All you need to do is express your interest in comments below, and if you are selected using a random number generator, I will post it to you in time for Christmas (as long as you provide me with your postal address in time, of course).

Good luck!

PS Only comments here will be accepted.  I post to Facebook, but I never look at it anymore.

PPS The offer closes at midnight tonight, so be quick!

Update: 12:01 18/12/19 There were 16 entries, and using a random number generator, I drew No 9 as the winner.  That’s you, Janine from The Resident Judge of Port Phillip, so the book will be on its way to you tomorrow.

Thank you to everyone who entered, I’m sorry I didn’t have more copies to give away…

 


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  1. Oh, yes please. I heard Helen being interviewed about this on a books podcast – I do like her honesty, and I have enjoyed everything of hers that I’ve read, especially her short stories.

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  2. We can’t all be fans, but I am! I’d love this book!

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  3. I only like Garner’s non-fiction and her notebook would give me more insight as to why.

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  4. I enjoy Helen Garner’s musings, on life, family and writing., mostly through books from the library. This book is something I would like to own. PC 4122

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  5. Yes please, I love Helen Garner, have read everything so far except this one. (Kerry Hood, Kanmantoo, SA, 5252)
    Thank you

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  6. I’ve heard good things about this and I’m a helen garner fan from way back.

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  7. Oh, yes, please! Alice Garner (Helen’s daughter) was at primary school with my son. I am a devoted fan of Helen’s and have read and loved everything sh’s written.

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  8. I like Helen Garner’s realistic lifeview so would love to read her diairies

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  9. Well, I love Helen Garner!!

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  10. LOVE Helen Garner and would love to win – if it’s not too late for entry!

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  11. Hi Lisa, I love Helen Garner and have The Yellow Note book signed by her. So I think anyone be grateful to receive this gem of a book.

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  12. Hi Lisa,

    yes please! I am a big fan of Helen Garner, and I’ve not yet read this.

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  13. I have a love/hate relationship with Helen Garner. She presents as dour and sometimes sour, then I read another one of her books and get blown away. So, yes please. I love her writing but somehow or other I don’t think we would be BFFs in real life. (I’m in Oz.)

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    • ‘She presents as dour and sometimes sour’. Are you talking about her writing or her face?

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      • I don’t think I’ve ever seen her smile. But I don’t personally know her so probably should not judge; apologies for that. Her writing is amazing.

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        • Helen’s ‘resting face’ is like mine. Not smiley. But I’ve definitely seen her smile, and I’ve also seen her laugh uproariously. She wrote a terrific story once about being told to smile by a complete stranger. I’ve had the same experience – walking along feeling perfectly happy, and someone you’ve never laid eyes on says, ‘Smile! It can’t be that bad.’ Grrr.

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  14. What a wonderful gesture! I wish I could say that I love Helen Garner but she and I never quite clicked so best she goes to someone else’s home.

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  15. It’s great to see so much interest in this giveaway:)
    I have harvested all the names so far, and assigned everyone a number in order of receipt, so good luck everyone!

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  16. I’m in the UK at the moment, so I’m not sure if I’ve squeezed in before the deadline, but just in case … I’d love to be in the draw. I hear this is the kind of book where you can read a bit, put it down and think, then come back to it again, and Helen sure knows how to put together a great sentence! Thanks Lisa!

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    • No problem, I know you’re one of us. Are you researching your next book?

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      • Thanks!! Yes, I’ve technically finished the research (or at least, the fieldwork). I’m now staying in a residential library (‘sleep among the books’ is their ad line — you’d love it!) founded by Gladstone when he was PM. I’m writing, very slowly, and still researching. But, step by step …

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        • So many wonderful places in Britain… but I’m not sure I’ll ever forgive them for Brexit.

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          • I know! Just like Australia, there are so many people here who can’t believe the election result, and are miserable, really depressed about Brexit. The world is upside down.

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  17. I’d appreciate a copy of this book as I have found two others by Helen Garner very interesting :)

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    • You made it just in time Marilyn, I’m drawing this in three minutes from now!

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  18. This book giveaway is now closed, thanks to everyone who entered. The winner is announced at the bottom of the post, above.

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