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The Black Dress

Mary MacKillop's Early Years
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Can you love someone when you can't forgive them? Do you keep fighting for something you believe in when everyone is telling you you're wrong? The Black Dress is the incredible story of Mary MacKillop - an unconventional young woman born into a time and a religion bound by convention. What Mary did with her life would change the course of Australia's history

The Black Dress, by award-winning Australian author Pamela Freeman, brings to life the extraordinary childhood of Mary MacKillop - the only Australian to be sainted. This historical novel for young adult readers is about love, suffering, faith and kindness. It won the 2006 NSW Premier's History Prize for Young People. To find out more about Pamela, visit her website:

"A book about suffering and strength, religion and rebellion, love and anger." - Herald Sun

"... credible and compelling." - The Age

"This is a book seeped in Australian and family history, filled with poetic descriptions and emotive language in a tender and moving narrative." - Good Reading magazine

"A window into the heart and mind of a young woman ahead of her time ... An inspirational story, no matter what your beliefs." - Magpies magazine


Used availability for Pamela Freeman's The Black Dress

Paperback Editions

December 2012 : Canada Paperback

Title: The Black Dress: Mary MacKillop's Early Years
Author(s): Pamela Freeman
ISBN: 1-4587-6998-4 / 978-1-4587-6998-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Readhowyouwant
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

February 2014 : UK Kindle edition

Title: The Black Dress
Author(s): Pamela Freeman
Publisher: Walker
Availability: Amazon UK