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In September 1971, 181 numbered marbles roll around in a barrel while Australia holds its breath. The last number drawn will shatter two women's lives, and bring them together again…Sixteen-year-old Caroline ‘Miki' Patrick confides to her best friend — the outspoken, smart-mouthed Jude — that she's pregnant. Miki's parents place her in the iron embrace of St Anthony's, a hIn September 1971, 181 numbered marbles roll around in a barrel while Australia holds its breath. The last number drawn will shatter two women's lives, and bring them together again…Sixteen-year-old Caroline ‘Miki' Patrick confides to her best friend — the outspoken, smart-mouthed Jude — that she's pregnant. Miki's parents place her in the iron embrace of St Anthony's, a home for wayward girls, with the scheming Sister Angela pressuring her to give up her baby. But Jude convinces Miki they can raise the child, and together they make a pact and take to the road.But the teenagers are ill-prepared for the hardships they face, and after one particularly difficult night, fate separates them. Alone, poor and scared for her baby's welfare, Miki ultimately surrenders Dominic to the home.Two decades later, Miki is a dangerous woman, and she's on the run. A vocal anti-war activist who assists draft dodgers, Miki is hiding from the Federal Police and never stays in one place very long. That is, until Dominic's birthday is drawn in the conscription lottery and Jude steps back into her life.Now Miki and Jude will stop at nothing to be reunited with him…...

Title : Goodbye Lullaby
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ISBN : 9781921795671
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Number of Pages : 387 Pages
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Goodbye Lullaby Reviews

  • Michael
    2018-11-27 22:28

    Goodbye Lullaby tells the story of Miki, a sixteen year old who finds herself pregnant, who at the advice of her best friend, Jade, decides to raise her baby. Two decades later, Miki is an anti-war activist on the run trying to avoid the federal police and protect her son from the conscription lottery. When Jade comes back into Miki’s life they will stop at nothing to try and save her son going to war.This is a multi-layered story, full of very real issues ranging from religion, parenthood, friendship, war and so much more. This novel is written in two different perspectives, life as a sixteen year old in the 1950’s and then being a parent during the Vietnam War. While this seems to work pretty well in this book, I think there were elements that didn’t work. I felt like author Jan Murray wanted to convey too many issues, instead of just a few. This resulted in a glossing over effect with some of the story and no real focus with the most serious issues in the novel.I really enjoyed the coming of age style of Miki and Jade’s life in the 1950’s; at times it felt very much like trying to be Puberty Blues and at other times it was trying to make a thoughtful plot; but I found a little hard to tell if the author wanted me to have fun reading this or take it seriously. The other narrative didn’t seem to have that same issue, it felt very serious and often bordering into a very dry plot. The constant switching between the two narratives help avoid making this a boring read but it felt too clunky switching between the two.I did enjoy young Miki and Jade; they were wonderful characters, full of life, mischief and big dreams, but what happened to them when they grew up? It felt like they grew into one dimensional characters; I never really felt like they were the same people, just completely new. As adults they had real issues to deal with but getting pregnant at sixteen is a big issue and that didn’t stop them from being larger than life, so I’m not sure what happened in the twenty years between but I’m a little curious to know what shrunk them back to size.Overall this was a feel good cosy read, which tries to hit on some important issues but if you gloss over that you just have a light frivolous novel. The writing really wasn’t the best, I think the author loved saying each character’s names; because she does it a lot. But as a whole this book was enjoyable to read without holding any real depth. For someone looking for a summer read about a woman and her love for her son, maybe give this book a go.This review originally appeared on my blog;

  • Juanita Kees
    2018-11-14 18:30

    Part of the charm of GOODBYE LULLABY is Jan’s passion for the topic around which this story is written. The rest comes from the sensitivity and skill with which she handles a very difficult and controversial time in Australian history to weave this extraordinary tale of friendship and sacrifice.For the full review visit:

  • Melinda Elizabeth
    2018-12-06 17:27

    This could have been a lot better. It was passable after the first 100 pages of wondering "who are they talking about? whats going on?" the to-ing and fro=ing between decades was much too much when you're attempting to establish a story, but it eventually settled down into what you'd expect when you mash a whole heap of contentious issues together: stolen generation, vietnam and conscription and forced adoption. Its a bit of a mess. You've got people who come and go who take up a bit of time (e.g. Bernie and Jude's relatives) and then they don't pop up again. Romances that are spoken of and no resolution found, etc etc. Find something you want to write about and keep the narrative tight. It would have been better sticking to one of the issues rather than trying to cover every controversial thing that happened in Australia in the 50's-70's. I wouldn't recommend this.

  • Nepeta
    2018-11-11 17:19

    this book deals with important issues in Australia's past - the conscription lottery for the Vietnam war, forcible adoption of babies from unmarried mothers - in the hands of a different author & editor it could have been a compelling story. One of those 'when you put it down you just can't pick it up again' books.

  • Sam Still Reading
    2018-11-12 21:32

    It’s always refreshing to read a new Australian author. As an Aussie myself, there’s always something comforting and cosy reading about a familiar setting. Jan Murray captures the feeling of the Australian bush perfectly (right down to the rainforest scent) in her debut book, Goodbye Lullaby.The novel covers two periods of 20th century of Australian history that haven’t been covered in depth – unmarried mothers being forced to give up their children in the 1950s to avoid ‘shame’ and the conscription of young men to fight in Vietnam in the 1970s. We read about these events through the eyes of Caroline (Miki) Patrick and her former best friend, Jude. The narrative initially jumps between the two time periods to hint at the reader what was occurring before settling in the 1950s to reveal just what broke up the friendship between Miki and Jude. It then moves back to the 1970s where Caroline is an anti-war campaigner, running the Resistance Bookshop in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane and secretly smuggling men avoiding the draft overseas. She is wanted by the police, but a hero to many others as she’s shown the devastation to the Vietnamese people in her successful work as a photographer.The book has tragic overtones, interspersed with humourous moments and strong messages about free will and fighting for what you believe in. Jude’s character brings a lot of the light relief- she’s the blunt, funny one to Miki’s serious, worried character. Jude is pivotal to helping Miki discover what she wants, even if it doesn’t always have the best outcomes. I would have liked to read some more about Jude’s ‘missing years’ – from runaway schoolgirl to university lecturer – how did she get there? I would also have liked to see some more exploration about Bernie (Miki’s friend and confidante) and her stolen child by the ‘Aboriginal Protection Board’ in the 1950s. There’s also Rex, freedom fighter and ex-US Marine, who really fits Jude’s tag of ‘sexy Rexy’ as well as having a sobering story to tell. Perhaps there’s room for another book? I hope so. As a younger Australian, I’d like to know more about these darker events in our history so that we don’t make the same mistake twice.I read an ARC copy of this book, and I liked being able to see just how thorough the editors are when fact checking. The plane that one of the characters leaves by is a Boeing 707 and another character watches ‘its props spinning’ but apparently the Boeing 707 had no props. Not something I’d think about (although medical errors get me riled), but it’s great to see that those kinds of things are considering in the editing process.Original with important messages, Goodbye Lullaby is both sobering and uplifting. Fantastic debut.

  • Lauren K
    2018-12-02 19:26

    3.5 starsGoodbye Lullaby explores a range of societal and political issues faced by Australians across the 1950s- 1970s including the Stolen Generation and displacement of Aboriginal people, forced adoptions by adolescent girls and the lack of government support for the socioeconomically disadvantaged in this time. But not only does it explore the issues women in society faced, but men too and compulsory conscription to the army during the Vietnam War.Goodbye Lullaby explores the past (1950s) and present (1970s) life of Caroline ‘Miki’ Patrick who pregnant at sixteen was sent to a home for unmarried women with child. The church arranged adoptions of these babies to married couples who were unable to conceive. Vulnerable, completely isolated apart from her best friend Jude and innocent to the ways of the world, Miki is left to make a decision that will affect the rest of her life, her child’s too. Nineteen years later, Miki is on the run from the police due to her political interests and commitment to helping young men who want to escape conscription.I found myself quite enthralled in the story of Miki as a teen, she’s quite naïve and lost at first but finds the strength to cope with the hurdles placed in her path. Jude is an outgoing, big-mouthed and undoubtedly loyal friend who has big plans for them and the baby. But her fanciful ideas intrude on Miki’s practical nature and the girls find themselves growing apart when they need each other the most.At times I was a little lost in the snippets of Miki’s life in the 1970s, this part of her life was slow to unravel and so I felt I was watching her life unfold from the outskirts rather than feeling emotionally linked with her. When Miki’s viewpoint was of a teen, I felt much more connected with her as a character. I really liked how the author created a picture of young Miki and the adult Miki, though I felt her teen years were better developed than the later years. The author also touches on the effects of the Stolen Generation and the young Aboriginal children who were removed from their parents and ‘mobs’ due to naïve political motivations. Miki’s friend Bernie is an Aboriginal woman who is an ally for her across her lifespan, a strong woman who despite the adversity she faces rises above this with obvious resilience.Goodbye Lullaby is an interesting story that explores some of the horrid experiences of our nation that occurred only half a century ago or less. Murray has a very matter-of-fact writing style with characters that are sharp and flawed, but likeable nevertheless. A thought-provoking fictional read about Australia’s recent social and political history.

  • Helen McKenna
    2018-12-12 19:30

    Australia in 1971 is caught up in the turmoil of conscription for the Vietnam war. A lone woman, Miki (aka Caroline) is on a one woman crusade, aiding those who want to avoid being forcibly sent to war. Constantly on the move and continually evading the law, Miki's mission is personal. Her son, Dominic, whom she was forced to give up for adoption is the right age to be conscripted. And his birthdate just got drawn in the lottery....Goodby Lullaby swtiches between Miki's campaign in 1971 and her teenage years in the early 1950s. She and best friend Jude are just ordinary Catholic schoolgirls in suburban Brisbane, until Miki discovers she is pregnant. Sent to the notorious St Anthony's home for unwed mothers, Miki resists the immense pressure to give her son up - a decision she is forced to renegge a few years later when the realities of single parenthood in the 1950s hit home.The characters of Miki and Jude are well drawn and you cannot help but be taken in by their youthful exuberance and determination to bring up Dominic on their own. Miki's raw pain at having to give her child away is evident in the adult she becomes - a truth that many women would be able to relate to.I thought the book captured the societal expectations of each era well - both from parents and institutions like the Catholic Church. I'm not sure if St Anthony's was a real place in Brisbane, but if not there would certainly have been a true life version of it.While the switching between different eras was easy enough to follow, I didn't really get the sense of the different decades involved. The early 1950s and early 1970s were poles apart in terms of societal change, but to me the 1950s in Goodbye Lullaby seemed to blend into the 1970s. In saying that though, each was historically accurate with references to relevant happenings of each era.Just to be a bit nit-picky, the language used in both eras was sometimes inaccurate - phrases like 'eye candy' and 'we're out of here', (to name a couple) were not in use then, nor would the term lawyer have been used (until quite recently they were always solicitors in Australia). The term 'drafted' was also interchanged with conscripted - (drafted was the American term). But this is just a minor quibble.Easy to read and touching on a subject that brough heartbreak to thousands of women, Goodbye Lullaby is both poignant and inspiring.

  • Fiona
    2018-12-08 21:18

    I loved this book. Goodbye Lullaby has several threads but the main one that inspired me was the thread of the girls road story c 1951 in outback Queensland. These were incredibly conservative times and when one young mother, Miki Patrick and her son (Dominic) and best friend Jude Brenner find themselves as outcasts, they take to the road in order to stay together and to keep the baby. Full of larger-than-life intimidating characters - a really keen drawing of an era where men ruled everything and didn't mind throwing their weight around, and everyone else cowered. The character of Bernie from the Wujal Wujal tribe, the girls' sole source of emotional and practical support, is also a compelling and inspiring one. Though not so inspiring, rather quite harrowing is the scene where the Aboriginal Protection Board officers turn up and take away Bernie's little girl, ostensibly because she's half cast, or not a full blood aborigine. Gives a really clear picture of what it was like to be part of the Stolen Generation. Set in 1950s and 1970s Brisbane and outback Queensland, particularly the far north Rockhampton, Mossman, up the Daintree, through to Cooktown. Quite magic country if you've been there. Jan Murray draws the very specific northern Queensland landscape really brilliantly. Great characters, and a ripping girls road story.

  • Tess
    2018-11-19 18:36

    At first I found the book a bit of a chore to get into because you weren't quite sure who was being portrayed and who was saying what because the author referred to the characters not by name but as she and he a lot in the beginning which was annoying, but that aside it is a good story clearly based on the facts of the eras it encompassed. Taking you on a heartfelt and emotional journey.

  • Calzean
    2018-12-10 22:16

    The themes behind this book - the stolen generation, forced adoptions of children from young unmarried women and the senseless conscription during the Vietnam War, the almost totalitarian State of Queensland in the 60s/70s and police brutality - all deserve a stand-alone novel. These are important stories and this book tries to give all of the topics a fair go.

  • Kimberley
    2018-11-12 21:31

    I got through the 3rd chapter of this book, put it down and never picked it back up again, I didn't enjoy this book at all and in fact I didn't even get into it at all. This could have been an interesting book but it just didn't grab me from the beginning and even the first 3 chapters were just boring to me. I couldn't grip to this book.