Maggie MacKellar lectures in Australian and cross-cultural comparative history at the University of Sydney. In 1996 she spent three months hiking, camping and kayaking in the Alaskan wilderness with the National Outdoor Leadership School, which provided the inspiration for this book. She lives in Sydney with her two children. Core of My Heart, My Country is her first book. MacKellar has since published her second book Strangers in a Foreign Land.
"Journeying between past and present, Maggie MacKellar explores the relationship between sense of the self and the sense of place. Her stories of women and the land in Canada and Australia are perceptively and movingly told." Brenda Niall"