Lastest book by Mary Rose MacColl



Mary-Rose MacColl author of the best selling, 'In Falling Snow' returns with a spellbinding tale of friendship, love and loyalty in The true story of Maddie Bright.


I flew through the first few chapters of this book, I just couldnt put it down.  I love Mary-Rose MacColl's writing, she takes you right to the place where she wants you to be and then in the next chapter you are decades away in another life but theres no confusion on where you are.  You'll need to know how these lives intertwine and I think you'll love the journey.


GIVEAWAY The True Story of Maddie Bright 


'In 1920, seventeen-year-old Maddie Bright gratefully accepts a job as a serving girl on the royal tour of Australia by Edward, Prince of Wales. Maddie's talents soon earn her the respect of Helen Burns, the prince's vivacious press secretary, and Rupert Waters, his most loyal man, and Maddie is in awe of Edward himself, the 'people's' prince.

What starts as a desire to help her family, devastated by the recent war, becomes for Maddie a chance to work on something that matters. When the unthinkable happens, it is swift and life changing.

Decades later, Maddie Bright is living in a ramshackle house in Paddington, Brisbane. She has Ed, her drunken and devoted neighbour, to talk to, the television news to shout at, and door-knocker religions to join. But when London journalist Victoria Byrd gets the sniff of a story that might lead to the true identity of a famously reclusive writer, Maddie's version of her own story may change.

1920, 1981 and 1997: the strands twist across the seas and over two continents to build a compelling story of love and fame, motherhood and friendship. Set at key moments in the lives of two of the most loved and hated figures of the twentieth century, in Maddie Bright, a reader will find a friend and, by novel's close, that friend's true and moving story.'


Author Bio

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.


 Available now from great booksores.

This book will be a great one to have for the the couple of long weekends coming up this month.  


Giveaway has ended Congratulations Susan and Jodie.  Winners have been notified.



With thanks to Allen and Unwin, we have two copies of The True Story of Maddie Bright to giveaway.

If you would love a copy all you need to do is answer the following question in the comments below:

Where is your favourite place to read?

The True Story of Maddie Bright



Terms and Conditions: Australian Residents only.  This is a Game of Skill not a game of chance. Entries not answering the question will be deemed invalid, The winner will be chosen by originality and creative merit, by a non involved party. Judges decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Winners will be drawn 8/04/19 11.00pm AEST and notified by the 11/04/19. We will contact the winner via email. Winner will have 7days to respond or we will redraw. We will try our best to contact the winner but cannot be responsible should the winner not receive the notification within the time frame.

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0 # GInny 2019-04-01 11:24
I love how you are doing book reviews and giveaways again. yay. I always love to read in the sunshine outdoors or by a window.
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0 # Kay 2019-04-01 11:24
I would love to read in bed after the kids are in bed. I use my phone alot now but a good book is always good
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0 # Sarah 2019-04-01 11:26
Oh this sounds great. Yeah a good one for the school hols.
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0 # Fotini 2019-04-01 20:41
I love to read in my hammock while munching on some choccies.
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0 # Belinda F 2019-04-01 20:43
I love reading in bed. It’s comfy, relaxing and you can zone out with out any distractions which is perfect for reading a good book.
Thankyou for the chance to win.
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0 # Jodie Warke 2019-04-01 20:45
In bed on a cold day under the blankets
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0 # Maree Gray 2019-04-01 21:51
I love reading in bed when I can snuggle up under my doona and escape into another world.
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0 # Sarahmary 2019-04-02 17:09
The bath! I love relaxing in a luxurious bubble bath with a glass of wine and a good book
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0 # Stacey 2019-04-04 10:04
Outside, beside my pool. Being near the water is so relaxing and refreshing!
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0 # Kylie Clarkin 2019-04-07 08:44
Bed...especiall y in winter snuggled up with a hot water bottle
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0 # Susan Purcell 2019-04-07 18:23
I love relaxing in bed with the latest novel I am reading. If it is a rivetting story some nights can be very late and other nights may be lights out very quickly.
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0 # Susan Purcell 2019-04-07 18:24
I love relaxing in bed with the latest novel I am reading, if it's a riveting story some nights are very late and other nights may be lights out very quickly.
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0 # Marie Mitchell 2019-04-07 18:28
I would love to read this novel it is a mystery that has had me wondering for years
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