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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She walked into the nursery, where a baby girl lay sleeping. A young girl falls in with the wrong crowd, twice, with devastating consequences for her children. The story is the one that leads to this happening, then the aftermath.

I Came To Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington – book review

The entire book is written as a letter from Med and Kat to a Court judge. It gave me a bit of an idea how popular it was when I was about 9th in the queue and had to wait close to three months in order to read it! Having read the back of the book, I was expecting an action packed thrill ride, but it isn’t like that, it’s a slow tale through the history of a family which eventually culminates in a tragedy.

This is an excellent novel by Caroline Overington, intelligent, descriptive, and informative; it will keep you reading till the end.

Loved how the author discussed the topic of mental illness and different cultural beliefs. Notify me of new comments via j.

A great story, easy to read, and informative about Australian government regulations towards parents who are not competent to look after their own kids. She lives with her kids, her husband, a blue dog, and a lizard, in Bondi. Med is a bush Australian craoline, not overly educated, worked hard to bring home the money for his family, give his wife everything that she wanted and stepped in as overignton and father when she took off. She walked into the nursery, where goodbje baby girl lay sleeping.


I must admit I was unsure ovwrington this book to begin with, but once I got through the first few chapters I became intrigued as to what was going to happen.

Jul 02, Deb Bodinnar rated it really liked it. Most of the narrative of the novel is told as a written statement to the judges who must decide, trying to explain what happened to Fat and Seth, and then her second child Savannah, from various perspectives.

I’ve never read a book like this before, the way it was written is in a way so different than I have come across, in a good way. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see k Australian fiction is really doing it for me at the moment.

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.

I Came to Say Goodbye

You are commenting using your WordPress. The storyline did take awhile to get going though, and I’m not too sure eay the format of how the story was written in letter form. The tag line is “Who is left behind when a family falls apart? The story is in first person; mostly told from the grandfather’s perspective, and the remainder from his adult daughter.

I think it must be a really talented writer who can accomplish this and I am grateful. To say I enjoyed this book would be the wrong word because of the topics that are covered throughout this book, but what I can say is it is definitely well worth reading.

Ti won her first Walkley for a 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 cmae journalist. 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.

She then clipped the infant into the car, got in and drove off. Loved this Aussie story The style of writing is quite believable as written down by a farmer, and later his worldly lawyer daughter.


His voice is authentic, honest and well written. Solidly written, using the voice of a couple of the characters writing an account of their experiences to a judge cmae the family court, a device which is managed with complete conviction. Its a very moving read. Just a small issue, but still a great read. I wasn’t sure I liked the new voice at the end, but I do realise that 4. This novel is set in more contemporary times, but there is still much to be done to help parents.

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Lists with This Book. Certainly a novel that could raise great ggoodbye over where and what happens to these poor kids. Published October by Random House Australia first published Med was the last to know that she was involved with a local orphan-gone-bad and after a few blow ups, Fat went out there to live with him.

Is ignorance an excuse? Dec 25, Helen McKenna rated it really liked it Shelves: Caroline’s books are proudly published by Random House Australia. Its so unusual it works. When Fat ends up pregnant after a while, Med tries to be happy because he loves Fat and he is a proud granddad. Please email webmaster fantasticfiction.

As a reader you witness the unfolding of the story through his eyes, knowing it is beyond accurate. Nov 02, Sean Harding rated it it was ok.

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This is a fascinating piece of Australian fiction that I was thoroughly engrossed by.