Anyone can see the place where the children died. You take the Princes Highway past Geelong, and keep going west in the direction of Colac. Late in August 2006, soon after I had watched a magistrate commit Robert Farquharson to stand trial before a jury on three charges of murder, I headed out that way on a Sunday morning, across the great volcanic plain...
On the evening of 4 September 2005, Father’s Day, Robert Farquharson, a separated husband, was driving his three sons home to their mother, Cindy, when his car left the road and plunged into a dam. The boys, aged ten, seven and two, drowned. Was this an act of revenge or a tragic accident? The court case became Helen Garner’s obsession. She followed it on its protracted course until the final verdict.
In this utterly compelling book, Helen Garner tells the story of a man and his broken life. She presents the theatre of the courtroom with its actors and audience – all gathered to witness to the truth – players in the extraordinary and unpredictable drama of the quest for justice.
This House of Grief is a heartbreaking and unputdownable book by one of Australia’s most admired writers.
Winner, Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Non-Fiction, 2016
Winner, Western Australian Premier’s Book Award, 2016
Winner, Ned Kelly Awards, Best True Crime, 2015
Shortlisted, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, 2015
Shortlisted, Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction, 2015
Shortlisted, Colin Roderick Literary Award, 2015
Shortlisted, Kibble Literary Award, 2015
Shortlisted, Indie Book Awards, 2015
Shortlisted, Australian Book Industry General Non-Fiction Award, 2015
Shortlisted, Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award, 2015
Shortlisted, INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award, United States, 2015
Shortlisted, Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Non-Fiction, 2016
Longlisted, Stella Prize, 2015