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Mary-Rose MacColl Mary-Rose MacColl i(A79 works by)
Born: Established: 1961 Brisbane, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
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Brisbane-based author Mary-Rose MacColl graduated with a degree in journalism from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and was the University of Queensland's first graduate in the Master of Arts in Creative Writing. She has since published three novels, No Safe Place (1996), Angels in the Architecture (1999), and Killing Superman (2003); the unpublished manuscript of the contemporary thriller No Safe Place was runner-up in the 1995 Australian/Vogel Literary Award.

MacColl worked as a cadet journalist and an assistant nurse before moving into higher education as an administrator and corporate writer. Having turned to writing fiction full-time, she has also taught creative writing, feature journalism and publishing, and chaired the 1998 Brisbane Writer's Festival.

The Birth Wars (2009) was shortlisted for the 2010 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Best Non-Fiction Book.

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y separately published work icon For a Girl : A True Story of Secrets, Motherhood and Hope Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 10953892 2017 single work autobiography

'Memories and secrets buried for over twenty years surfaced after Mary-Rose MacColl gave birth to a much longed-for baby.

'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 high-school teacher and her 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 too 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 and brave true story, Mary-Rose brings these secrets to the surface and, in doing so, is finally able to watch them float away.' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction
2017 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Non-Fiction Book Award
2017 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Queensland Premier's Award for a Work of State Significance
2017 finalist Queensland Literary Awards The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year
y separately published work icon Swimming Home Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2015 8719037 2015 single work novel historical fiction

'The lone swimmer, turning over now to switch to a perfectly executed back crawl, wasn't Oxford or Cambridge, wasn't a man. It was a woman, a girl. It was Catherine. Of course it was Catherine.

'It's 1925 and fifteen-year-old Catherine Quick longs to feel once more the warm waters of her home, to strike out into the ocean off the Torres Strait Islands and swim, as she's done since she was a tiny child. But now, with her recent move to London where she lives with her aunt Louisa, Catherine feels that everything she values has been stripped away.

'Louisa, a busy, confident London surgeon who fought boldly for equality for women, holds definite views on the behaviour of her young niece. She wants Catherine to pursue an education, just as she did, to ensure her future freedom. Since Catherine arrived, however, Louisa's every step seems to be wrong and she is finding it harder and harder to block painful memories from her past.

'It takes the influence of enigmatic American banker Manfred Lear Black to convince Louisa to come to New York where Catherine can test her mettle against the first women in the world to swim the English Channel. And where, unexpectedly, Louisa can finally listen to what her own heart tells her.

Like Mary-Rose MacColl's bestselling novel, In Falling Snow, Swimming Home tells a story of ordinary women who became extraordinary.' (Publication summary)

2016 winner Queensland Literary Awards The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year
y separately published work icon Killing Superman Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2003 Z1027297 2003 single work novel mystery Now in his thirties, Scott Goodwin has spent half his life chasing a shadow superman, believing his apparently dead father is alive somewhere. He meets journalist Emily Duval who might help him, but she has shadows of her own. When Scott sees his father on a beach in France, he must confront the truth.
2004 shortlisted One Book One Brisbane
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