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

Return to Book Page. It was four o’clock in the morning. A young woman pushed through the hospital doors. Staff would later say they thought the woman was a new mother, returning to her child – and in a way, she was.

She walked into the nursery, where a baby girl lay sleeping.

The infant didn’t wake when the woman placed her gently in the shopping bag she had brought with her. There is CCTV footage of what happened next, and most Australians would have seen it, either on the internet or the news. The woman walked out to the car park, towards an old Corolla.

For a moment, she held the child gently against her breast and, with her eyes closed, she smelled her. She then clipped the infant into the car, got in and drove off.

That is where the footage ends. It isn’t where the story ends, however. It’s not even where the story starts. Paperbackpages. Published October by Random House Australia first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about I Came to Say Goodbyeplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about I Came to Say Goodbye. Lists with This Book. Feb 05, Sharon rated it really liked it Shelves: This story is primarily told through the voice of fifty nine year old, Med who grew up in a little town of Forster on the New South Wales Central Coast.

Med’s life changes the day his wife Pat walked out on him and their three young children. He could never understand how a mother could walk away from her own children, but that’s exactly what his wife did.

Faced with bringing up three young children alone, Med does the best he can, but he finds it a struggle especially as the children get older. Dealing with teenagers can be a challenge at the best of times, which Med is finding out.

His daughter Fat Donna-Faye is turning out to be more than a challenge, but Med knows if he pushes her too far he will lose his daughter, but how will Med deal with his daughter and her wayward ways without losing his daughter in the process? I must admit I was unsure about this book to begin with, but once I got through the first few chapters I became intrigued as to what was going to happen.

A truly compelling read which covers a variety of tough and sensitive issues such as mental illness, adoption, the welfare system, and so much more. 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. View all 3 comments. Dec 23, Suzanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: I’m so glad my dad recommended this book.


Now I’m looking forward to reading more of hers. I loved reading this Aussie story, written in letter form by the patriarch of the family. He’s a simple yet hard working man, struggling to prevent bad things happening to his family, at the same time trying to raise them on his own. Men like this are so common in my parents era ie. Lots of issues prevalent to today’s society are here, mental health of those in low socio economic society and its cycle of despair.

Children’s court, family court, and of course ‘DOCS’ makes an appearance too. The Dept of Community Services. Taking away parents rights etc etc. I really do like local settings, but have only just stumbled across some Aussie authors so I’m happy about that.

I do recommend this book and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did if you chose to read it. I nearly finished off without mentioning the blurb, loved that too, perfect fit. View all 10 comments. Nov 11, MaryG2E rated it it was amazing Shelves: A very powerful story, cleverly told, full of complex, difficult issues and emotional tugs. Not well-educated, from a deeply conservative background, quite rigid, paternalistic, almost chauvinistic values and behaviours.

I Came to Say Goodbye

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. He treats his wife very poorly, due to his lack of empathy and understanding and eventually she leaves him, abandoning their three children in the process.

The two older children, Karen and Paul, nicknamed Kat and Blue, are old enough to get on with their schooling acroline work lives. They live together k his grotty, ramshackle home, much to the chagrin of the stern, dour, upright Med.

Haines has a long history of violence goodye petty crime, but Fat, totally devoted to him, sees no wrong and defends him to the utmost, even lying for him in court. As time goes by, Haines slips further into idleness, dope smoking and heavy drinking, leaving Fat to be the bread-winner, while he tends his illegal marijuana crop.

Eventually Fat and Haines produce a child, Seth, caroine Haines shows no interest, indeed is annoyed that the new-born is disruptive of his lifestyle. One morning Fat comes home from night-shift at the local supermarket to find Seth very ill. Admission to hospital and further tests disclose the overiington week old infant has severe swelling of the brain, probably the result of Shaken Baby Syndrome.

Both Haines and Fat deny any cwroline, although it seems that Haines may have been the perpetrator. With his typical mindset, Med thinks no government official should have any rights over his family and takes legal action. Most of the narrative of the novel is told as a written statement overinton the judges who must decide, trying to explain what happened to Fat and Seth, and then her second child Savannah, from various perspectives.

I did not like him because of his rigid, narrow-minded thinking, and his chauvinistic behaviour. It is quite interesting from my point of view to see him be on the receiving end of rigid, narrow-minded thinking, ocerington dogmatic political correctness as he experiences the tribulations of the welfare and court systems. The social workers get a bloody big serve in this book, which suits me fine on many counts.

However, one has to think about the general picture. However, can you imagine what might have happened for Seth if those rigorous investigations had taken place before the baby was shaken almost to death by the vile Paul Haines?


It cuts both ways – this DoCS system and others like it in many Western jurisdictions.

‘I Came to Say Goodbye’ by Caroline Overington

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. 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. The other main correspondent is Kat, who is far more articulate.

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 and education, and very little experience of the wide world, having to deal with the complexities of 21st century legal issues. View all 7 comments.

This is a most outstanding book. I offered to read this and review this from Net Galley publishers. So they gifted this to me. 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. You get the Father telling a story, telling it to the Court, except, its told in such a way you feel you are the judge.

Its so unusual it works. The later part of the book is where his other daughter takes up her story from her side. I This is a most outstanding book.

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Its a very compelling read. 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!!!

Its a very moving read. I would highly recommend it. View all 5 comments.

Feb 27, Rachael Hewison rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is perhaps the book that has most divided myself and my boyfriend. I absolutely loved it, I thought the kverington was thoughtful and the style with which it was written was great. My boyfriend however disliked it and thought it would have been carolone had it been written differently.

The reason that I thought it was such an effective book was because of the way you were never quite sure what has happened. I’d read the blurb and the first chapter so I had an idea in my mind of where the book was g This is perhaps the book that has most divided myself and my boyfriend.

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.

It feels like she’s telling a completely different narrative as you were never quite cae when or if it was going to link back up to yoodbye first part. For that reason I thought it was brilliant as I was never quite sure where it was going, but because of that my boyfriend hated it. The style in which it is written is also effective, having been written ogerington a letter format.