A Time for Grace

A doctor’s uplifting journey through love, loss and the IVF curveball

Released March 2017

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Mark and Susan are a successful, mid-thirties couple, who have their future all planned out: a happy marriage, a home and kids – but then they have a miscarriage. Suddenly their hopes and dreams come crashing down as it is revealed that Susan can’t have children. For Mark, a paediatrician, being the patient is not an easy fit. And after working with children all day, the concept that he might not have a family of his own is shattering.

A Time for Grace is Dr Mark Nethercote’s deeply personal memoir, exploring the IVF journey for men and women, and the struggles that many couples face when life doesn’t go according to plan. When Susan’s ailing health leads to a seemingly endless run of hard luck, Mark struggles with his new role of patient and the vulnerability that comes with it. That is, until a chance encounter turns their luck around.

Now the father of two beautiful girls, Mark offers his unique professional perspective on IVF for men and women, giving hopeful parents the chance to learn about the process, have the myths and mysteries explained, the medical terms made accessible and procedures more easily understood, through an uplifting story that provides countless laugh-out-loud moments.

Interview with Clare Bowditch on 774 ABC can be heard below:


Interview on ABC Baby Talk with Penny Johnston can be heard below:


Interview on 3BA Radio with Garrath and Gaby can be heard below:


Interview on Kinderling Conversation with Shevonne Hunt can be heard below:


Excerpt featured on 9Honey can be viewed here.

Excerpt featured on thedadwebsite can be viewed here.

First excerpt featured on Kidspot can be viewed here.

Second excerpt featured on Kidspot can be viewed here.

Interview in the Ballarat Courier can be viewed here.

Q and A on thedadwebsite.com can be viewed here.

Special Interview on Kinderling can be viewed here.




A Time for Grace 320 Pages Simon and Schuster 978-1-925384-25-3 | IVF Treatment | English