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
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 01 / 2016
- 128 x 198mm
This House of Grief
In this work of true crime, Australian writer, Helen Garner, tells the story of the trial of Robert Farquharson, whose three sons drowned when his car plunged into a dam in Victoria in 2005. At the heart of this work is the search for the truth: was this merely a tragic accident or an act of revenge against an ex-wife? This question is Helen Garner's obsession and in her famous minimalist "nothing more needs to be said" voice, she strives to shed light on a complicated trial and tragedy close to the heart of many Australians. - Kate