3 APRIL 6.30pm - Mary-Rose MacColl


3 APRIL 6.30pm - Mary-Rose MacColl

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Join us on Wednesday 3rd April at 6.30pm as much loved Brisbane author Mary-Rose MacColl chats to Kathleen Noonan about her gorgeous new book, 
The True Story of Maddie Bright.

​A wonderfully evocative new novel from the bestselling author of In Falling Snow that sweeps through time and intersects with the lives of Edward VIII and Diana, Princess of Wales, two of the most loved and hated figures of the twentieth century.

About the book....

In 1920, seventeen-year old Maddie Bright is thrilled to take a job as a serving girl on the royal tour of Australia by Edward who was then Prince of Wales.  She makes friends with Helen Burns, the prince’s vivacious press secretary, and Rupert Waters, his most loyal man, and is in awe of Edward himself, the boy prince. 

For Maddie, who longs to be a journalist like Helen, what starts as a desire to help her family after the devastation of war becomes 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 Edward and Diana, a reader will find a friend and, by novel's close, that friend's true and moving story. Mary-Rose

About the author....

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’s Literary Award. Her first non-fiction book The Birth Wars was a finalist in the 2010 Walkley Awards. Swimming Home, her recent novel about the first women to swim the English Channel, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards. It followed In Falling Snow about the hospital established by the Scottish Women Doctors in an old abbey near Paris in World War I. Mary-Rose MacColl’s most recent book is For a Girl, which tells a story from her own young life. It was shortlisted in the 2017 Queensland Literary awards and the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

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