Mei Shackleton is a Chinese artist-writer living in Adelaide with her partner and a cat. In her previous life she was a social worker and a teacher. She grew up in Hong Kong and migrated to Australia 43 years ago. She has two daughters,one living in France and another in Melbourne. She has a Master of social work degree from the Flinders University of SA . Her favourite hobbies are outdoor painting and reading.
The book is based on a qualitative research with 49 interviews taped and thematically analysed to find out how carers overcame traumas and conflicts to make the best out difficult situations. It recognises the importance that positive emotions such as hope and faith play in thier daily lives.