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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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Great personal story

An amazing book that parts the curtain on what it’s like to be a person with a chronic illness and visible disability! Really sheds light on the frustrations that are often experienced by people with disabilities, but also the joys they can experience too. Recommended reading for anyone who is disabled or has a disabled friend or loved one (especially if they have a visible difference).

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Everyone should read this book

It is so important to hear the voices of disabled people so that they don’t have to exist in the margins of society or as an afterthought in event planning. Society is in most cases more disabling that a person’s disability and we need to change that

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PLEASE, say hello it can lead to wonderfull times

Having followed Carly on Twitter for the past two years, I just had to read her story.

I love that it was written for people like me who don’t have a disability but have children, siblings, parents or friends living with disabilities.

Thank you Carly for your story. I can see how your very beginning shaped who you are now and LOVE that your voice is being heard.

I especially loved how honest you were.
I know I am guilty of ableism and I can even see myself whilst in the throes of it but I am trying to change.

Your story is about you but also every other person who looks different or is different.

Thank you again.

Also, I loved how you shared your love for Adam so openly and you voiced something I have never understood - why do people think they have the right to ask you or any other person whether they ‘can’ have sex - that is so very intrusive. Thank you for saying it’s none of our fucking business.

So 5 stars and I am recommending your book to my mother who will love it as much as I have.

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Wonderful book! Educational, informative, direct and truthful.

Carly’s memoir and education on a variety of topics and experiences that impact disabled and chronically ill lives on the daily were very relatable. This book resonates so deeply with many of my experiences as a disabled person yet I don’t have facial difference and Carly and I had very very different upbringings and lives. Personally I believe this book is a MUST read/listen for all non-disabled people and allies. Ableism is EVERYWHERE but the more allies and non-disabled people noticing and understanding it and being able to identify it, we will be able to see some progress and change for accessibility and inclusion. And Carly, you’ve done a fabulous job at your examples and the impact that disability but also working within media etc had on your life. Congratulations on the incredible life you’ve built for yourself! So proud of you. And may I note that while some may have said there’s a little too much ‘fandom’ - I really didn’t notice it... I believe everything that Carly’s experienced and the recognition she has is valid and well deserved (i.e from her fans). And her fandom for others that she admires, is as simple as loving something that brings her joy :)

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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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Excellent

I’m newly working to become a disability activism ally. I love that I found Carly to help me understand. I hope to help everyone I touch in life to be more accepting of themselves and other people, and to Say Hello 🙂

I’m grateful for this book and that Carly is reading it, her voice is fun to listen to. And she’s a fantastic writer. Every word chosen just right.

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  • 04-10-2019

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.

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