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Publisher Description

'So why did you marry Dad?' my daughter asked. 'Well, over time I got to know him and he made me laugh, and . . . and I knew deep down that, that . . . even though we were really different . . . he was a good person.' Without skipping a beat, she said, 'He's not that good, he's in jail!'

After fourteen years of marriage, Mel Jacob's life looked as perfect as the roses perched above her white picket fence. The nice house in the suburbs, two great kids, a good husband. Until . . .

Her life took an unexpected detour when her seemingly saintly husband was jailed for two years. In Sickness, in Health . . . and in Jail follows Mel's funny, moving and insightful journey as she navigates single parenthood, prison visitations and nosy neighbours.

Mel's revealing account is the story of the family left behind. It chronicles the grief, the stigma and the conversational minefields of her husband's whereabouts, as well as the logistical problems of making a baby sibling for her two children, and why it's not appropriate to tell people that Daddy's in jail.

In Sickness, in Health . . . and in Jail is a funny and touching account of grief and love and forgiveness.

Biographies & Memoirs
24 August
Allen & Unwin
Allen & Unwin Pty Limited

Customer Reviews

ellenroselord101 ,

Quite mesmerising

I was gripped from beginning to end...the way their love prevails is beautiful. Imperfect people in a horrible situation...and this is just the story of how they dealt with it. Fascinating read. I absolutely loved it. Thank you Mel for sharing your family's story. And I loved the Chinese life proverb - "it just is."

Avange2511 ,


Couldn't put it down and read it in one night. So thought provoking and raw. Loved every word

Beccare1 ,

In sickness, in health.....and in Jail

I really enjoyed this.....it is a story worth telling.