Book Club: I came to say goodbye by Caroline Overington


I Came to Say Goodbye by Caroline Overington


A young woman pushed through the hospital doors. 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.

This was a much anticipated read for our group.  It had been a popular choice when we selected our book titles a few months back.  For some, it more than lived up to expectations, enjoying the plot twists and turns.  While others found it a bit underwhelming.. A bit.. meh?

This was another book that really divided opinions amongst our group, generating lots of discussion.  We all found the book to be well written, with characters that made us feel something.. Whether that be love or hate!  Those who loved it; liked the plot twists and the suspense.  Those who didn’t like it, found it hard to like the main characters.

Rating – 7.5 / 10

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NEW Book Club Kit Titles Added!

For those already in a Book Club or thinking about starting one – why not check out how the Library can help you! Head to our Book Club Kit page for more details and to look at the variety of  we have for loan – now with even more titles.

new titles June 2016

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Jody’s Winter Reading Picks


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Now the colder weather has really started to settle in, the first thought that pops in to my head is all the great books I can curl up with in front of the fire and read.

This winter I am eagerly awaiting two books in particular. Of which I am happy to say are by Australian authors.


xtruly-madly-guilty.jpg.pagespeed.ic.-Se4QCZHKZThe one at the very top of my list is Liane Moriarty’s new book, Truly Madly Guilty. Released in July, myself along with quite a lot of my colleagues can’t wait to read this one! I have really enjoyed all of Liane’s books and I just know this one will be good, because really why wouldn’t it be? All of Liane’s books are enjoyable, easy to read and have great storylines.


What if they hadn’t gone? That’s the question Clementine can’t stop asking herself. It was just a backyard barbeque. They didn’t know their hosts that well. They were friends of friends. They could so easily have said no.

But she and her husband Sam said yes, and now they can never change what they did and didn’t do that beautiful winter’s day.

Six responsible adults. Three cute kids. One yapping dog. It’s a normal weekend in the suburbs. What could possibly go wrong?

It was just an ordinary Sunday afternoon…

Now if that blurb doesn’t make you want to read the book, I don’t know what will.Do you think it could be considered work if I sit quietly at my desk and read all day? I would of course promise to post a review when I’ve finished!


blameThe second is Blame by Nicole Trope. I recently finished reading Three Hours Late and The Silence of Secrets by Nicole and I enjoyed both books,  even if the

story lines were a little confronting.

Blame I think will be just as good. I think Nicole has a talent for creating real and believable characters that you become invested in and need to know how they cope and survive through some terrible and hard situations. Which is what I am expecting from Blame. I can’t wait!

There has been an accident and a child has died.

There has been an accident and two mothers are destroyed. Two families will never be the same.

There has been an accident but who is to blame?

Reserve your copy NOW!









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2016 WINNER Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction!


Overnight the 2016 winner of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction was announced.

The WINNER IS Lisa McInerney for her debut novel The Glorious Heresies.

For more information and to check out all the other books on the shortlist go to


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‘Reckoning’ wins ABA Booksellers Choice Award; booksellers of the year announced

The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Booksellers Choice Award for 2016 has been won by Magda Szubankski’s Reckoning. The ABA conference awards night was held on May 29 at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra.  In her acceptance speech Szubanski took the opportunity to emphasise the value of Australian writers and authors saying that ‘without Australian stories we’re nothing but shadow puppets’, that, ‘we will dematerialise’.

Amelia Lush from Better Read Than Dead in Newtown was named Young Bookseller of the Year. Bookseller of the Year was shared by Deb Force from the Sun Bookshop in Yarraville, Melbourne and Anna Low from Potts Point Bookshop, Sydney. Robyn Huppert, the ABA’s Communications Manager and Kid’s Reading Guide organiser was awarded the Elizabeth Riley Fellowship for Children’s Bookselling.

Comedian Dave O’Neill hosted the night which included a speech from Deng Adut, who described his experiences as a child soldier in the Sudanese Civil War and his subsequent life in Australia. Jimmy Barnes from the band Cold Chisel read from his soon to be published memoir and performed three songs which drew a standing ovation from all in attendance.

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