Oh Helen Garner, how I love you so. And it is a great love, filled with respect, fuelled by creativity, but it is also pragmatic, everyday, aware of quirks and details and regular goings-on. She is a consistently excellent writer, and the collection Everywhere I Look is no exception. It pulls together reviews and essays, journals entries and true stories from a period of over 15 years. From the pleasure of re-reading Pride and Prejudice, to the immensity of moving house, to the trial of a woman for infanticide, to the insults of age, what emerges out is a multifaceted portrait of Garner’s life. It is a writer’s life, an intellectual one, embedded in the home and the family.