Missing William Tyrrell

by Caroline Overington

On Sale: 24/02/2020


About the Book

One minute a little boy is playing on his grandmother's lawn, the next minute, he's gone. How can a three year old child simply disappear?

The case of little William Tyrrell is one of Australia's most baffling and heartbreaking mysteries. He was playing hide-and-seek with his four-year-old sister in the garden of his grandmother's house in Kendall on the NSW mid-north coast at around 10:30 am on September 12, 2014 when he disappeared, seemingly into thin air. It's a tragic story that has gripped Australia's imagination and the photo of the little boy playfully roaring like a tiger, wearing his Spiderman suit, has become an iconic image.

Police have cleared his family of any involvement and believe it's likely he was abducted by an opportunistic stranger. His foster parents, birth parents and grandparents are shattered. Who would take this vivacious, funny, innocent three-year-old boy? How can a child simply disappear? This is the awful and unsettling story of a disappearance, a family tragedy, a driven detective, and a long and immensely frustrating police case. It is also the story of Australia's foster care system, exploring how and why a young child like William ends up in the foster care system.

From one of Australia's leading journalists, Walkley Award-winner Caroline Overington, Missing William Tyrrell will explore the tragic disappearance of a young child, and a mystery that taps into every parent's fears.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781460758687
  • ISBN 10: 1460758684
  • Imprint: HarperCollins - AU
  • On Sale: 24/02/2020
  • Pages: 304
  • List Price: 34.99 AUD
  • BISAC1: Undefined Category


Caroline Overington is a bestselling Australian author and an award-winning journalist.  She has written eleven books, including the top ten bestseller The One Who Got Away, and Last Woman Hanged, which won the Davitt Award for True Crime Writing in 2015. She has profiled many of the world's most famous women, including Oprah Winfrey and Hillary Clinton, and has twice won the Walkley Award for Investigative Journalism. She has also won the Sir Keith Murdoch Award for Journalistic Excellence and the Blake Dawson Prize for Business Literature. Caroline is currently Associate Editor at The Australian and is based in Sydney. You can find her online at www.carolineoverington.com.

More about the author

Other Works by Caroline Overington

The Ones You Trust

by Caroline Overington

The Lucky One

by Caroline Overington

See all