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How to Get There - Maggie MacKellar

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Published: 1st September 2014
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After Maggie Mackellar's acclaimed When It Rains, her second memoir traces with her characteristic candour and perception her move to Tasmania, for love, and the struggles and joys of settling there.

In 2011 Maggie Mackellar moved from her family's farm in Central West New South Wales to the east coast of Tasmania with her children and assorted menagerie to live with a farmer.

Her story takes as its epigraph a quote from Roger McDonald: 'Through every small opening in life, through the tiniest most restricted nerve ends, through rips and tears and tatters, life pours.'

In the book she explores learning to love again after living through grief, and the complexities of doing this in a community with which she is unfamiliar, with two young children. She reflects on love after grief, juggling being a mother and negotiating a burgeoning relationship, the rhythms of country life, displacement and the writing life.

This is a book for anyone who has imagined taking a risk, for anyone who has moved to a new place and struggled with feelings of homesickness and displacement. It is a story about making a life in a remarkable setting – the east coast of Tasmania, on a sheep farm in a stone house built by convicts in 1828.

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The power of ABCTV’s Australian Story is demonstrated yet again with this sequel to When It Rains, Maggie Mackeller’s affecting story of losing her beloved husband and her mother in a true Annus Horribilis. Now, in a massive gesture of faith and optimism, she has moved to Tassie to be with a man who wrote to her in the aftermath of her despair. Can she start again? Can love trump bereavement? Can displacement lead to finding a new home? Big themes handled with bush honesty. About the Author

Maggie MacKellar lectures in Australian and cross-cultural comparative history at the University of Sydney. In 1996 she spent three months hiking, camping and kayaking in the Alaskan wilderness with the National Outdoor Leadership School, which provided the inspiration for this book. She lives in Sydney with her two children.

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      ISBN: 9781742752440
      ISBN-10: 1742752446
      Audience: General
      Format: Paperback
      Language: English
      Number Of Pages: 256
      Published: 1st September 2014
      Publisher: Random House Australia
      Country of Publication: AU
      Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.8  x 1.9
      Weight (kg): 0.35
      Edition Number: 1