The Best of Intentions

Kurt is a disillusioned case worker struggling in an under-resourced child protection system. When he takes on the case of Gecko, a sixteen-year-old with a traumatic past and a shaky future, he is determined to make a difference. But the best of intentions are not enough. Kate Ryan of Writers Victoria described this striking debut as “highly engaging … an intelligent and moving novel.” More

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About Gilbert Van Hoeydonck

Gilbert F. J. Van Hoeydonck is an Australian writer based in Melbourne.

He grew up in Belgium and studied Dutch and English at the University of Antwerp. In 1978 he took up a limited tenure lectureship in Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Melbourne, where he taught for six years.

After he became an Australian citizen Gilbert worked for the Victorian Government as a policy adviser and project manager in child protection and public mental health services. He participated in some high–profile child death inquiries and helped implement clinical outcome measurement across Victoria's public mental health services.

Gilbert now works as an independent writer and a volunteer, teaching English to recently arrived migrants and refugees. He has published a number of short stories. The Best of Intentions (2018) is his his debut novel.

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