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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781742741062
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240
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When It Rains




The heart-wrenching but triumphant story of rebuilding a life and a family.

The heart-wrenching but triumphant story of rebuilding a life and a family.

'My body, suddenly, carries two stories of loss ... One is easy for people to recognise. My mother died of cancer. I watched her age twenty-five years in eight weeks ... My other story marks me as different. It is more silent and more savage, it is not pure and no one knows how to approach it. Somewhere I lost my husband.'

When Maggie Mackellar's vibrant young husband, father to a five-year-old daughter and an unborn son, dies tragically, Maggie is left widowed and due to give birth three months later to their second child.

Then her beloved mother, backbone of the family, mother to three children, grandmother to two, dies suddenly of aggressive cancer. In two short years, Maggie's life has shattered.

After a year, she gives up trying to juggle single motherhood and the demands of an academic career and returns with her children to the family farm in central western New South Wales to take stock and catch a breath.

The farm becomes a redemptive, healing place for Maggie and her children as they battle the heat and drought that only the Australian landscape can offer. She throws herself into the horses, sheep, ducks and chickens and slowly, finally, realises she has found a new shape for herself.

Written by a brilliant new talent, When It Rains is a meditation on grief and the vagaries of the human condition, and a stunning memoir about piecing back together a life, and moving forward, one step at a time.

‘An unforgettable story of love and courage that inspires even as it breaks your heart’ -- Susan Duncan

  • Pub date: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9781742741062
  • Imprint: Random House Australia
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 240

About the Author

Maggie MacKellar

Maggie MacKellar was born in 1973. She has published two books on the history of settlement in Australia and Canada and two memoirs, When It Rains and How To Get There. She now lives on the East Coast of Tasmania with her partner and two children.

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Praise for When It Rains

“‘When It Rains...succeeds masterfully’ - Australian Book Review”

“‘An unforgettable story of love and courage that inspires even as it breaks your heart’ Susan Duncan”

“‘Maggie MacKellar explores the landscape of pain bravely and with great effect’ - The Age”

“‘When It Rains is an amazingly honest treatise not only on grief, but on human condition’ - The Canberra Times”

“‘Wrenching and eloquent’ - The Sydney Morning Herald”

“‘The conviction in the power of hope and love found in this deeply moving memoir mustn’t be missed’ - Woman’s Day”


Awards & Recognition

  • Queensland Literary Award

    Shortlisted • 2011 • State Premier's Award

  • The Age Book of the Year Award

    Shortlisted • 2011 • The Age Book of the Year Award (Non Fiction)


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