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In Sickness, in Health ... and in Jail : What Happened When My Husband Surprised Me by Going to Prison for Two Years - Mel Jacob

In Sickness, in Health ... and in Jail

What Happened When My Husband Surprised Me by Going to Prison for Two Years

By: Mel Jacob

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The funny, insightful and moving account of what happens to a close, loving middle-class family when the father is unexpectedly thrown in jail.

'So why did you marry Dad?’ my daughter asked. 'Well, over time I got to know him and he made me laugh, and . . . and I knew deep down that, that . . . even though we were really different . . . he was a good person.' Without skipping a beat, she said, 'He’s not that good, he’s in jail!'

After fourteen years of marriage, Mel Jacob's life looked as perfect as the roses perched above her white picket fence. The nice house in the suburbs, two great kids, a good husband. Until . . .

Her life took an unexpected detour when her seemingly saintly husband was jailed for two years. In Sickness, in Health . . . and in Jail follows Mel's funny, moving and insightful journey as she navigates single parenthood, prison visitations and nosy neighbours.

Mel's revealing account is the story of the family left behind. It chronicles the grief, the stigma and the conversational minefields of her husband's whereabouts, as well as the logistical problems of making a baby sibling for her two children, and why it's not appropriate to tell people that Daddy's in jail.

In Sickness, in Health . . . and in Jail is a funny and touching account of grief and love and forgiveness.

About the Author

Mel Jacob is an experienced journalist and scriptwriter. Her journalism has been published in The Good Weekend, Sunday Life, The Brisbane Times, The Adelaide Advertiser, Radio National, Kidspot, MCA and The Australian Museum. She was a finalist for Best Comedy Riverina Short Film Festival 2004, Ford Mummy Blogger 2009 and 2010, winner of the first ever blogging competition at MotherInc 2009. In 2011 her manuscript Mother of the Year was short-listed for the Harper Collins Manuscript Development Award.

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      found it well written . conversation pieces were engaging. Found myself wanting more. Loved Mel's honesty.

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          ISBN: 9781925267310
          ISBN-10: 1925267318
          Audience: General
          Format: Paperback
          Language: English
          Number Of Pages: 304
          Published: 24th August 2016
          Publisher: Allen & Unwin
          Country of Publication: AU
          Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3