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Say Hello

Narrated by: Carly Findlay
Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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A forthright, honest, and rousingly triumphant memoir from a woman who has to live with a highly visible different appearance due to a rare skin condition. Say hello to Carly.

"In fairy tales,the characters who look different are often cast as the villain or monsters. It's only when they shed their unconventional skin that they are seen as 'good' or less frightening. There are very few stories where the character that looks different is the hero of the story.... I've been the hero of my story - telling it on my own terms, proud about my facial difference and disability, not wanting a cure for my rare, severe, and sometimes confronting skin condition, and knowing that I am beautiful even though I don't have beauty privilege."

This honest, outspoken, and thought-provoking memoir by award-winning writer and appearance activist Carly Findlay will challenge all your assumptions and beliefs about what it is like to have a visibly different appearance. Carly lives with a rare skin condition, Ichthyosis, and what she faces every day, and what she has to live with, will have you cheering for her and her courage and irrepressible spirit. This is both a moving memoir and a proud manifesto on disability and appearance diversity issues.

"Believe the hype - by turns frank, funny, and fearsome, Findlay's extraordinary memoir is an early contender for 2019's best Australian non-fiction...a powerful and moving invitation to examine the structures of privilege and dehumanisation that we so desperately need address in this country." (Better Read Than Dead)

"A proud celebration of appearance difference...a valuable read." (Herald Sun)

"Defiant, unsettling and thought-provoking." (The Age)

©2019 Carly Findlay (P)2019 HarperAudio

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Excellent book - a must read (or listen)

This book should be compulsory reading. Well-written, funny, and (sadly) eye opening. I enjoyed listening to it and hearing Carly tell her own story. Thank you for writing this book!

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Really valuable read for teachers

It was great hearing Carly discuss her own experiences. It’s given me more confidence on how to openly discuss disability and the social disability model with my students, especially when they are young or EALD students.

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Representation matters

Thank you so much Carly for this excellent book on your important and foundational experiences. You are so kind and brave to share these, especially the hurts! Wonderful reading, left me teary at times but better for reading xx

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Helping me feel less isolated

I have read Say Hello when I was unwell and although thoroughly enjoyed it, felt that I didn’t take the book in fully. I started listening to Say Hello today and am completely mesmerised by Carly’s narration. Carly is passionate and articulate, hearing her read her writing gives it a new meaning and brings it to life. Carly’s writing and social media has made me feel less alone in the chronic illness & disability community after feeling lost & confused. I can’t wait to spend my day with the audio book again tomorrow.

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Thank you so much to everyone who has taken the time to buy, borrow, read, review, recommend and tell me what Say Hello has meant to you. I am forever grateful. Say Hello has changed my life because I now have a physical resource I can give people that might help them in some way. It’s changed my life because I’ve become more connected with the writing community. It’s changed my life because it’s allowed me to travel and meet wonderful people – many of whom are now my friends. It’s changed my life because I’m now the person little Carly needed. Five stars to me, and five million stars to you. 💗🧡

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Thank you Carly

I wasn’t going to listen to the book really glad I did...what a beautiful woman 🙏💐♥️

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Has opened my mind and heart

Just finished reading/ listening to this book. Such a great read. Really opened my eyes to a lot of things. So many aspects of life that I was blind to. Things I may have been doing/ thinking that are harmful. Carly's advice can really be applied to all areas of your life. Even non-disabled people can learn a lot from this book. Keep up all your great work, you are amazing!

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An enjoyable and interesting book!

An interesting and enjoyable read about what Carly has had to put up with her whole life. It made me reflect on how people's (and My own ) reactions to those who are different can impact someone. It was a bit repetitive in some parts, although by the end I appreciated why it was all included and how the reactions and questions she has received don't ever stop. i really enjoyed listening to Carlys narration and feel it made her syory much more personable. Would recommend this book as it provides a detailed account on living with a disability.

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Thank you for this book.

This was a book that sometimes was hard to listen to. It had times when I felt uncomfortable, but this is also when the biggest learning happens. Thank you Carly for such a candid and well thought out book.

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If you're not listening and learning, why?

Aggressive and beautiful and strong and gentle. I learnt so much from Carly. I have so much more to learn.

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Emotional, honest and very very necessary

Such a great personal account of life with visible difference and everyday ableism. I loved that Carly narrated the story herself, I found it much more authentic.