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Biography, Literature & Literary studies


by MacColl, Mary-Rose

The bestselling author of In Falling Snow returns with a spellbinding tale of friendship, love and loyalty.

Brisbane, 1981: Eccentric and elderly, Maddie Bright lives alone. While trying to imagine a future, her mind is drawn inexorably to her past; her rich and surprising life and losses of family and friends.

As a young woman in the 1920s Maddie was employed on the Australian Royal tour of Prince Edward VIII, who traversed an adoring country. To the people who flocked to see him he was perfection; to those closest to him, he was completely charismatic and utterly flawed.

And in 1997, London, journalist Victoria Byrd is sent to Paris to report on Princess Diana's death, but finds herself instead struggling to find the right words. With a fiancé of whom she's not certain, a distant father, and this new inability to write on cue, Victoria embraces the opportunity to chase a different story, fara away, in Australia.

Written with stunning warmth and wit, these three evocative strands twist across the seas over two continents. The True Story of Maddie Bright is a novel that bares truth and stories, that talks of mothering, of friendship, love and loyalty.

The True Story of Maddie Bright is Mary-Rose MacColl's sixth novel. Her first novel, No Safe Place, was runner-up in the 1995 Australian/Vogel literary award and her first non-fiction book, The Birth Wars, was a finalist in the 2009 Walkley Awards. Her international bestseller, In Falling Snow, was published to great acclaim in 2012 in Australia and the US. Swimming Home, published in 2015, won the People's Choice Award at the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards. MacColl's memoir, For a Girl, was published in 2017 and was shortlisted in the Queensland Literary awards and the Victorian Premier's Literary awards. She lives in Brisbane, Australia with her husband and son.

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