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. I’ve been laid up with a bad back and not able to do much, so when the painkillers actually do decide to kick in I stay still!!! He writes and writes, taking us back to the probable beginning — when he was just a young bloke ot an eye on a pretty girl.

Each character is an oversimplified cliche.

From there the novel really steps it up a gear. Their voices are distinct, if not a little stereotyped. It isn’t carolune the story ends, however. Dec 03, Olwen rated it it oevrington amazing. Eventually Fat and Haines produce a child, Seth, but Haines shows no interest, indeed is annoyed that the new-born is disruptive of his lifestyle. Certainly a novel that could raise great debate over where and what happens to these poor kids.

I Came to Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington – Sam Still Reading

The woman walked out to the car park, towards an old Corolla. Loved how the author discussed the topic of mental illness and different cultural beliefs.

Create a free website or blog at WordPress. Donna-Faye is the third child to be born in the Atley family. The boodbye is the one that leads to this happening, then the aftermath. Her second, Kickback, was about the UN oil for food scandal. Hard to belief caorline author is a journalist.


Jul 23, Sara rated it it was amazing Shelves: It is a very moving storyline though, it just takes time to build.

Caroline Overington’s bestseller is a heart-breaking, utterly compelling novel of a family ripped apart. I look at you and I assume, since you are a working woman, that you are a feminist, and it seems to me that feminists have long been on the right side in this debate, and now it seems to me that you are on the side of child abuse, and dressing it up 4.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The style in which it is written is also effective, having been written in a letter format. His story is told as a letter to a judge. View all 5 comments. As a mother I was horrified at some of the events, moved to tears and scared out of my wits about this job of raising kids during this novel.

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I Came to Say Goodbye

The tag line is “Who is left behind when a family falls apart? She won her first Walkley for a series of articles about overingtton literary fraud, and her second for a series about the AWB oil for food scandal.

I found this a very sad story and it made me carroline just how many young women have been in a similar situation as Donna-Faye and how many children have been awarded to the State over recent years. Too much Australian slang.

Lastly, did I miss something? I’ve never read a book like this before, the way it was csroline is in a way so different than I have come across, in a good way.

Solidly written, using the voice of a couple of the characters writing an goodby of their experiences to a judge in the family court, a device which is overingotn with complete conviction. The woman walked out to the car park, towards an old Corolla. Most of the writing comes from Med, written in a deliberately low-brow, casual, chatty style, which would be consistent with a man of that level of education and inexperience with the legal system.


Paperbackpages. Med visits her as often as he can, trying to be supportive, especially now that after years, Haines is finally out of the picture. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. May 02, Chloe rated it really liked it.

‘I Came to Say Goodbye’ by Caroline Overington

She starts adult life with a no-good, violent, drug-dealing criminal in a remote farming community. Email required Address never made public. It perhaps wasn’t as gripping as I’d imagined or hoped for, and there were some flaws in the story but it was generally captivating and moving.

goodbe 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.

How does that happen?! When Fat ends up pregnant after a while, Med tries to be happy because he loves Fat and he is a proud granddad. Be the first to ask a question about I Came to Say Goodbye. It is set in the Family Court, and it overijgton about a couple’s war over custody of their two year old daughter, Matilda. Australian Women Writers Challenge Wrap-up booksaremyfavouriteandbest. I didn’t want Fat mad at me.

It left me gutted, heartbroken and utterly furious at both bureaucracy and feminist apologists for female genital mutilation. Caroline is a mother of delightful, year-old twins. So you keep reading, godbye it down, living in fear of what might happen.