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This house of grief : the story of a murder trial / Helen Garner ; foreword by Sarah Weinman.

Garner, Helen, 1942- (author.). Weinman, Sarah, (author of foreword.).

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  • ISBN: 9780553387438
  • ISBN: 055338743X
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First American edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2023]

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"From one of Australia's most prolific writers comes the engrossing, definitive chronicle of an infamous true-crime saga, about a father suspected of murdering his three sons, the trial that gripped a nation, and the brutal spectacle of Australia's criminal justice system On the evening of September 4, 2005, Father's Day, Robert Farquharson, a separated husband, was driving his three sons home to their mother, Cindy, in rural Australia. His car veered off the road and plunged into a dam, and the boys, aged ten, seven, and two, drowned. Was this a tragic accident, or an act of revenge? The court case that followed became a national obsession-a macabre parade of witnesses, family members, and the defendant himself, each forced to relive the unthinkable for an audience of millions. Helen Garner, the celebrated writer and master chronicler of Australian life, was equally swept up in Farquharson's case. In This House of Grief, she tells the definitive and deeply absorbing story of it all, from the moment of the crash to the trial's final verdict. Garner takes her reader behind oak doors and captures a panorama of perspectives, from the defendant himself, to the team of prosecutors, to the jury. But most crucially, she delves deep into her own perspective as a member of the public, a voyeur peering into a family's darkest moments, and onto the exacting procedure of Australia's criminal justice system. The result is richly textured portrait-of a man and his broken life, of a community wracked by tragedy, and of the long and torturous road to closure. Written with Garner's trademark style-brisk and candid, yet never dismissive of her deeply flawed subjects-This House of Grief is a modern classic and a masterwork of literary journalism"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Farquharson, Robert, 1969-
Gambino, Cindy.
Filicide > Australia.
Children > Crimes against > Australia.
Custody of children > Australia.
Mothers of murder victims > Australia.
Murder > Australia.
Trials (Murder) > Australia.

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