Melbourne businessman and editor, Alan Kohler , recruited Overington to write for The Age in , where she became a sports writer, covering two Olympic and Paralympic games. Several of her pieces were selected for the Best Australian Sports Writing and Photography anthologies, published by Random House in the s. Together with Malcolm Knox , Overington won a Walkley Award for investigative journalism in for her research into the mysterious life of Jordanian-American-Australian author Norma Khouri. The Australian published an apology to Newhouse from Overington over what as described as "an encounter" in December Overington also profiled the Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson, who in sued Bauer Media over a series of ten articles which alleged that she had lied about her age, real name, and relationship to Walt Disney.
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Shelves: writer-women , oz , aww This is a smart, suspenseful story, plainly told. For one of them, this is a kind of salvation, though he later takes to drinking. The format of the book is intriguing: each chapter is told from a different point of view, from the grown-up children, to the arresting officer, to the foster parents, etc. Some of these narratives add to the throughput of the story - particularly the early ones, which detail the immediate after-effects of the crime.
And okay, by the time I started Part Two, I was growing just a little bored. The chapters, collected together, seem sometimes to miss the narrative or travel tangentially to it. Large events happen in the lives of the survivors which seem to have little impact though this could be the point. And, most notably, of course, the use of first-person past tense does occasionally make the novel feel more like a summary than a story. Was the novel meant to be a historical record, had they all been called into a Royal Commission, were they putting together their memoirs?
Or was it something else again? But I got the idea of what the author wanted from her ending. Not a lot of books can do that. Disclaimer: I won this book in a comp!