THIS HOUSE OF GRIEF is another spectacular piece of writing by Helen Garner. This one an observation of the trial of Robert Farquharson, who drove his three sons into a dam one Father's Day.
Helen gives us this beautiful snapshot of the jury's fatigue "Once I glanced over and saw four of them in a row, their heads drooped on the same protesting angle towards their left shoulders, like tulips dying in a vase."
Garner by name and garner by nature - she amasses facts, feelings and descriptions which when read makes us question our own moral compass or guidelines.
What would I do in that person's shoes?
How does it feel to be a discarded man?
How would I cope with having my three children drowned?