Sometimes when you have clear expectations of a book based on its blurb, and then you get an utterly different story, it can be frustrating. While I think. I Came To Say Goodbye – Kindle edition by Caroline Overington. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like. I Came to Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington is a work of fiction however there are so many elements of the story that are chillingly familiar.

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Dec 19, Sara Cole rated it really liked it.

But one day, when little Seth is 14wks old, he gets a call to come to the hospital. Characters seemed to just vanish and were never heard of again, whilst others vanished and then suddenly popped up again. I nearly finished off without mentioning the blurb, loved that too, perfect fit. From there the novel really steps it up a gear. The entire book is cane as a letter from Med and Kat to a Court judge.

She knows the city and country towns and the ways of people, police, welfare workers, doctors, and the public. I thought it was excellent and will definitely read more from this Australian author Oh, my heart.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: For a moment, she held the child gently against her breast and, with her eyes closed, she smelled her. Too much Australian slang. Oct 25, Bettina rated it liked it. Australian Goodbue Writers Challenge Wrap-up booksaremyfavouriteandbest. I This is a most outstanding book.

‘I Came to Say Goodbye’ by Caroline Overington

As we know from the past, turning them over to Church-run institutes proved to be a disaster, a crime of mammoth proportions; largely because the carers were judgmental and haughty, looking on those who needed help as sinners and losers. They have a baby, but the violent partner, Paul Haines, sa it vigorously, inflicting permanent mental injuries on the child.

Blue stayed local for a while and then headed up to Lightning Ridge to try his hand carlline mining. It covers so many important subjects with honesty.

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The book begins with a very short prologue describing a woman walking into a hospital at 4am, and taking a baby.

The infant didn’t wake when the woman placed her gently in the shopping bag she had brought with her. Might be just me but I found it very hard to get intooveington drawn out. I am telling anyone who cares to listen to me to read one of Caroline’s books even if it’s not the kind they normally read because I am sure they will enjoy them.

Motherhood and family relationships are the central themes of this novel. He was born there, married there, bought his first house there, welcomed his three children there and gooodbye wanted to leave. Solidly written, using the voice of a couple of the characters writing an account of their experiences to a judge in the family court, a device which is managed with complete conviction. Long winded rambling story, which seemed more of a vendetta against the government, welfare departments and the family court.

Both Haines and Fat deny any involvement, although it seems that Haines may have kverington the perpetrator.

The story is the one that leads to this happening, then the aftermath. So you keep reading, gulping it down, living in fear of what might happen. I thought it was excellent and will definitely read more from this Australian author.

I will be reading more by this author. The two older children, Karen and Paul, nicknamed Kat and Tk, are old enough to get on with their schooling and work lives. She won her first Walkley for godbye series of articles about a literary fraud, and her second for a series about the AWB oil for food Caroline Overington is an Australian author and journalist. We are ever present in the role of those watching and reacting to the media.

Kat goes to high school and university in Sydney before departing for New York; while Blue goes opal hunting in Lightning Ridge.

I Came To Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington – book review

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. An easy read on the toughest of subjects. In the novel, there are descriptive passages that reveal the overlngton understands many things: This site uses cookies. Her first, Only in New York, was about working as a foreign correspondent in Manhattan.

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Everything she relates, however, is a damming portrayal of society. I’d read the blurb and the first chapter so I had an idea in my mind of where the book was going but Overington turned it right on its head and it turns out that the first chapter is actually somewhat towards the later part of the story. Med did his best, sending the smart and dedicated Kat to a good boarding school to further her education.

Added by 2 of our members. It’s not even where the story starts. It’s a superb and haunting read and perhaps one of the best Australian fiction books I’ve read.

Their voices are distinct, if not a little stereotyped. Mar 05, Jolee rated it it was amazing. Overington displays great skill in the creation of the character of Med.

I Came to Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington

The voice of Kat also came across as somewhat false at times — like she is restraining herself, distancing herself from the family issues but all the same being a big part of them! The format of the book consists of a series of long letters written to the judge who must decide the custody arrangements of the child. It’s set in Australia and written from the perspective of two family members. It stares them straight down the barrel caroilne doesn’t shy away from showing the incredibly far-reaching effects.

I wasn’t sure I liked the new voice at the end, but I do realise that a bit more background was needed from another point of view. Jan 20, Marcus Clark rated it really liked it Shelves: