Book review

Character studies

27 Aug 2014

Susan Lever welcomes Helen Garner’s perceptive account of the courtroom dramas unleashed one Father’s Day near Geelong

Many of us prefer not to think too much about the deaths of three little brothers on Father’s Day 2005 after their father drove them into a dam outside the small town of Winchelsea in Victoria. The pain of the family, and of the community, can seem too much to contemplate. Over the years of the father’s trials for murder it was difficult to avoid gaining some knowledge of the circumstances, and most people have an opinion on the case. Could it possibly have been accidental? And if it were deliberate, how could such a mild, loving father act in this way? As an accident, it was tragic; as an act of intent, it was unthinkable…

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