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Top 40 Book Club : December 2008
The Spare Room HELEN GARNER WINNER OF THE 2008 QLD PREMIER’S AWARD FOR FICTION The main character, named Helen, has been contacted by an old friend who is in the terminal stages of cancer but cannot come to terms with it. She asks Helen if she can stay with her while she seeks alternative treatment in Melbourne. Helen feels a great deal of compassion for her friend but finds caring for her a burden that stretches their relationship to the very limit. Winner of the 2008 Qld Premier’s Award for Fiction and 2008 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award fiction prize. 14