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Win our Book Club in a Box for The True Story of Maddie Bright

We like to do our bit to encourage a love of reading and discussion of thought-provoking books with our Book Club in a Box. And what better title than The True Story of Maddie Bright, a spellbinding tale of friendship, love and loyalty from bestselling author of In Falling Snow.

In our Book Club in a Box you'll find:

  • 10 copies of The True Story of Maddie Bright

  • A bottle of red and a bottle of white wine

  • Crisps (we’ll make sure they’re nice ones)

  • Conversation starters (questions and information) about The True Story of Maddie Bright

  • How to start a book club sheet (would-be book club organisers look no further!) 

  • A classic recipe and a delicious cocktail recipe to go with it

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April Book Club in a Box prize

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.

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Thanks for your interest, this competition is now closed.

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Congratulations to our past Book Club in a Box winners:

  • Islands by Peggy Frew - to be announced!
  • Small Blessings by Emily Brewin - The Mothers Rebranded Book Club
  • The Promised Land by Barry Maitland - The Maitland Group 9
  • Unsheltered by Barbara Kingsolver - The Beaconsfield Book Club
  • Cedar Valley by Holly Throsby - The Perhaps Book Club
  • The Wolf Hour by Sarah Myles - The Claremont Village Book Club
  • Scrublands by Chris Hammer - The 2nd Favourite Book Club
  • We See the Stars by Kate Van Hooft - The Page Turners Book Group 
  • Bluebottle by Belinda Castles - The Wild Readers: Adelaide
  • Eleanor's Secret by Caroline Beecham - BFG: Books, Food, Glasses
  • Three Gold Coins by Josephine Moon - Mums Who Read
  • The Passengers by Eleanor Limprecht - Lorraine’s Ladies 
  • Sign by Colin Dray - The Book Chat Lunch Club
  • Into The World by Stephanie Parkyn – Feminist Fantasy Bookclub
  • The Last Hours by Minette Walters – the Working and Weary Bookclub
  • The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser – Word Salad - The Big Book Club
  • The Choke by Sofie Laguna – Non-Arduous Book Club
  • The Way Back by Kylie Ladd – Perth WA Writerly Bookclub
  • Forgotten by Nicole Trope – The View St Readers
  • See You In September by Charity Norman – Book Clubbers Sutherland Shire
  • The Midsummer Garden by Kirsty Manning – Black Jo's Bodacious Book Group

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Mary-Rose MacColl in conversation with Cass Moriarty at Books @ Stones, Brisbane
Thursday 2 May 2019
6 PM
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Mary-Rose MacColl at Springfield Central Library, Ipswich
Saturday 08 June 2019
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
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'A thoughtful, multi-layered tale that probes the stories we tell ourselves about family and friendship, power and control. MacColl's writing deftly - yet gently - explores the nature of courage and kept me guessing to the very end.' - Kirsty Manning, author of the bestselling The Jade Lily

'Featuring undertones of humour and history set amongst the backdrops of quintessential Australia and London, The True Story of Maddie Bright is a beautifully balanced tour de force. It is a breath of fresh 'heir' to discover an author with a unique voice that captivates you with a clever tale full of mystery, intrigue and twists.' Fleur Wells, Goodreads

'A truly wonderful book, I took my time reading this one as I never wanted it to end!' Kylie D, Goodreads

'This is a beautifully told tale, with humour and heartache, guilt and grief, secrets, but also love and hope. An utterly entrancing read.' Marianne, Goodreads

'Beautifully written, flawlessly planned and executed, with one of the most satisfying novel endings I have read recently, I thoroughly recommend this book.' Deborah, Goodreads



'You can't judge a book by its cover but, in this case, you certainly can. It is charming and
instantly appealing and so is the novel, the second for Brisbane writer Mary-Rose MacColl.' Ballarat Courier

'I found In Falling Snow a wonderfully engaging tale, so caught up in life at Royaumont I regretted putting it down to attend to the mundane tasks of everyday life. I would recommend this novel
particularly to participants of the Australian Women Writers Challenge, but I also feel it would be widely enjoyed by readers who find the synopsis appealing.' Book'd Out

'A marvellous family saga and a moving account of life and death.' Sunday Examiner

'What would you sacrifice for love? Your family? Your chance to change your life? And how do we keep each other's secrets? This powerful novel explores these themes and much more ... I loved this book and I cried, my highest compliment.' Sunday Mail

'This is an absorbing, well-written story that pays tribute to the courage of medical men and women in the First World War.' Toowoomba Chronicle

'From the delightful cover to the story within, is a beautiful book that is testament to author Mary-Rose MacColl’s painstaking research and flair for drawing out a memorable tale.' Monique Mulligan, Write Note Reviews

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