The Spare Room
Helen prepares her spare room for her friend Nicola. She is coming to Melbourne to receive cancer treatment she believes will cure her. From the moment Nicola steps off the plane, Helen becomes her nurse, her protector, her guardian angel and her stony judge.
Winner of Queensland Premier's Literary Awards: Best Fiction Book 2008 and Barbara Jefferis Award 2009. Shortlisted for Australian Literature Society Gold Medal 2009 and NSW Premier's Literary Award Christina Stead Prize for Fiction 2009.
Helen Garner was born in Geelong in 1942, and has been writing and publishing since her first book, Monkey Grip, came out in 1977.