Author(s): Melissa Jacob
Three years ago Mel Jacob's life took an unexpected twist when her husband was jailed for selling a crossbow and an antique rifle through his online mail-order business. He was a man who'd never even got a speeding ticket, someone who'd wait for the man to turn to green before crossing the road. Now he was facing a four year sentence in a prison world that was utterly alien to everything he'd known before, and his wife and two young children were facing not just a life without a husband and father, but navigating the uncharted waters of having a husband and father doing jail time...In Sickness, In Health ...and in Jail is Mel's funny and poignant account of trying to raise two children and maintain a respectable middle-class life while her husband is banged up with some of the toughest crims in the state.
A revealing story about raising a family with busybody neighbours and the stigma of having a husband in jail. * Yours * Jacob's sense of humour lightens an otherwise sad and unenviable situation and the characters come out as likeable folk doing the best they can during scary and uncertain years. * Weekly Times * Mel Jacob's book is about love, loss, grief, forgiveness - and truth. * Sydney Morning Herald *
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.