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Marion Halligan
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Goodbye Sweetheart

Marion Halligan


Allen & Unwin

Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


304 pages

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ABBEY'S CHOICE APRIL 2015 ----- Halligan is one of our finest writers, and this is as perfect a novel as any she has ever written. William - successful, cultured, convivial - dies of a heart attack in a pool. The business of burying and mourning him is complicated by his past - two ex-wives, one of whom is still bitter at his desertion, a current wife, the child he had with each, the lover no-one suspected him of having, the friends and business partners, his brother. As they come together, it seems that not one of them knew everything about the man he was, although they hold pieces of the whole. As they grieve in their different ways, they also struggle with the lives they lead, the frustrations and insecurities and fears of everyday existence. But they also have their joys and triumphs and small transcendent moments. Halligan has a keen eye for the human condition, for relationships and connections, and this insightful and tightly crafted novel is full of finely drawn characters. Her prose is sharp yet elegant (a description of people in a gym as tortoise faces growing out of dolphins has stuck with me!), her sympathies carefully placed, and the inevitable messiness of living and loving is beautifully rendered. Utterly satisfying. Lindy


A successful lawyer, bon vivant, loving husband and father, has a heart attack and dies while swimming in the local pool. A man apparently happily married, yet, with two divorces behind him and three puzzled children. In death it seems that he is not the person everyone thought.

As his extended family gathers to mourn, secrets and lies unfold uncomfortably around them. Those pornographic images on his laptop? An unexpected lover - is he still philandering? But somewhere in the turmoil of mourning each of them has to find an answer to the question - who was this man really? What mysteries has he taken to the grave with him?

Goodbye Sweetheart is a powerful novel of love, the desire for understanding, and the inevitable messiness of life. 

By:   Marion Halligan
Imprint:   Allen & Unwin
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 208mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   386g
ISBN:   9781760111298
ISBN 10:   1760111295
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   March 2015
Recommended Age:   From
Audience:   General/trade ,  General/trade ,  ELT Advanced ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Marion Halligan is one of Australia's most important writers, with a long list of literary prizes to her credit. She has been short-listed for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the Miles Franklin Literary Award, and has been awarded the Age Book of the Year, the ACT Book of the Year (three times), the Nita B. Kibble Award, the Steele Rudd Award, the Braille Book of the Year, the 3M Talking Book of the Year and the Geraldine Pascall Prize for critical writing. She lives in Canberra and has an AM for services to literature.

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