In a world where life can so often involve many contradictory emotions and experiences, historian Maggie Mackellar left her academic post to recover from two deaths. Taking her two small children, she marooned herself in her grandparents’ empty house on a farm in the Australian countryside. Over time, she found not only a natural healing but a new life. On the 9 November 2010, Dr Maggie MacKellar addressed The Sydney Institute to examine love, grief and recovery while introducing her memoir When It Rains.

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