“I am by nature a private person. Secrets are different from privacy. They are things you are forced to keep to yourself, by family, friends, by your own shame. Secrets like these come to the surface one day and demand an airing.”

Emerging from an unconventional, boisterously happy childhood, Mary-Rose MacColl was a rebellious teenager. And when, at the age of fifteen, her teacher and her teacher's husband started inviting Mary-Rose to spend time with them, her parents were pleased that she now had the guidance she needed to take her safely into young adulthood. 

It wasn't long, though, before the teacher and her husband changed the nature of the relationship with overwhelming consequences for Mary-Rose. Consequences that kept her silent and ashamed through much of her adult life. Many years later, safe within a loving relationship, all of the long-hidden secrets and betrayals crashed down upon her and she came  close to losing everything. 

In this poignant, brave true story, Mary-Rose lets these secrets come to the surface and, in doing so, is finally able to watch them float away. 

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OTHER BOOKS

“You can almost feel the heavy humidity of the tropics, the cool dampness of London, and the biting chill of New York. Likewise, the emotions are understated, but deeply felt.” Write Note. Winner of The Courier-Mail People's Choice award, Swimming Home tells story of the real women who first set out to swim the English Channel in 1926, and a young Australian swimmer from a remote island who joined them. READ MORE

“You can almost feel the heavy humidity of the tropics, the cool dampness of London, and the biting chill of New York. Likewise, the emotions are understated, but deeply felt.” Write Note.

Winner of The Courier-Mail People's Choice award, Swimming Home tells story of the real women who first set out to swim the English Channel in 1926, and a young Australian swimmer from a remote island who joined them.

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“MacColl’s narrative is fortified by impeccable research and her innate ability to create a powerful bond between readers and characters. Well done.” Kirkus Reviews (starred) The story of the real women doctors who started a hospital in an old abbey in France during World War I, and the Australian nurse whose life forever changed by being among them, In Falling Snow is an uplifting story. READ MORE

“MacColl’s narrative is fortified by impeccable research and her innate ability to create a powerful bond between readers and characters. Well done.” Kirkus Reviews (starred)

The story of the real women doctors who started a hospital in an old abbey in France during World War I, and the Australian nurse whose life forever changed by being among them, In Falling Snow is an uplifting story.

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“Like any good war correspondent, MacColl has been careful to represent this as a complex, heterogeneous battle; it is far too simplistic to talk in terms of knife-happy medics and hippy homebirthers.” Charming Language. Longlisted for the Walkley award for non-fiction, The Birth Wars explores the conflict at the heart of maternity care and the effects on mothers and families.   READ MORE

“Like any good war correspondent, MacColl has been careful to represent this as a complex, heterogeneous battle; it is far too simplistic to talk in terms of knife-happy medics and hippy homebirthers.” Charming Language.

Longlisted for the Walkley award for non-fiction, The Birth Wars explores the conflict at the heart of maternity care and the effects on mothers and families.
 

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