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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Staff would later say they thought the woman was a new mother, returning to her child – and in a way, she was.

I Came to Say Goodbye

It’s not even where the story starts. It stares them straight down the barrel and doesn’t shy away from showing the incredibly far-reaching effects.

A great story, easy to read, and informative about Australian government regulations towards parents who are not competent to look after their own kids. It is a sad litany of the realities and failings of the family court and the other associated Government departments that exist to supposedly protect the interests of vulnerable cme.

I Came to Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington

I found foodbye agonising over the cascade of events that lead to an absolutely avoidable tradgedy. You are commenting using your Facebook account. It is a clever device used to push the story along while imbuing the narrative with an authentic flavour of what it would be like for an older person of modest intellect ggoodbye education, and very little experience of the wide world, having to deal with the complexities of 21st century legal issues.


Overington employs two particular techniques to tell this story — reverse storytelling and multiple narrators. The woman walked out to the car park, towards an old Corolla. The style of writing is quite gkodbye as written down by a farmer, and later his worldly lawyer daughter. Mar 05, Jolee rated it it caame amazing. The novel is told predominantly from the point of view of Med Atley, a man in his late 50s.

‘I Came to Say Goodbye’ by Caroline Overington

Categories Fiction Non-fiction Children’s books Authors. An educated lawyer who has travelled the world, she is eloquent and objective in her accounts, though her passion for Savannah is undeniable. Sep 18, sue rated it it was amazing Shelves: He could never understand how a mother could walk away from her own children, but that’s exactly what his wife did.

However, one has to think about the general picture. Sometimes when you have camme expectations of a book based on its blurb, and then you get an utterly different story, it can be frustrating. I received a free copy of this book in return for this honest review. Caroline Overington Reviewed by Zoe Morris 4. Overington displays great skill in the creation of the character of Med.

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When Fat ends up pregnant after a while, Med tries to be happy because he loves Fat and he is a proud granddad. Just a small issue, but still a great read. It’s a superb and haunting read and perhaps one of the best Australian fiction books I’ve read. The two older children, Karen and Paul, nicknamed Kat and Blue, are old enough to get on with their schooling and work lives. 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 carolind I am sure they will enjoy them.


I This is a most outstanding book. 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 ovdrington help as sinners and losers.

By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. This is an excellent novel by Caroline Overington, intelligent, descriptive, and informative; it will keep you reading till the end. A young girl falls in with the wrong crowd, twice, with devastating consequences for her children. I even stayed at a place that Med mentions in the novel! Even though it’s fictional, the story could indeed be real. He treats his wife very poorly, due to his lack of empathy and understand A very powerful story, cleverly told, full of complex, difficult issues and emotional tugs.

Oct 25, Bettina rated it liked it. When the Stephen-Hawkingesque-Kindle-voice reads dialogue that lacks expression, it can be brutal!

I finished this book last night with tears in my eyes. Kat goes to high school and university in Sydney before departing for New York; while Blue goes opal hunting in Lightning Ridge.