Mary-Rose MacColl's first novel, No Safe Place, was runner-up in the 1995 Australian/Vogel's literary award. Her first non-fiction book, The Birth Wars, was a finalist in the 2009 Walkley Awards. Her fourth novel, In Falling Snow, told a story about the hospital established by Scottish women doctors in an old abbey near Paris in World War I. Swimming Home, which followed, is about the first women to swim the English Channel. It won the People's Choice Award at the 2016 Queensland Literary Awards. Mary-Rose MacColl's most recent book is For a Girl, which tells a story from her own young life. It was shortlisted in the 2017 Queensland Literary awards and the Victorian Premier's Literary awards. Her sixth novel, The True Story of Maddie Bright, will be published in April 2019.