Monica McInerney - Author

About the Author

Monica McInerney grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley wine region of South Australia. She has lived all around Australia and in Ireland and England. Her novels are bestsellers in Australia and Ireland and are published in translation in Europe. Those Faraday Girls won the General Fiction Book of the Year in 2008 in Australia. At Home With The Templetons was shortlisted at the 2010 Irish Book Awards in the Eason Popular Book of the Year category. Monica and her Irish husband now live in Dublin.

Featured books by Monica McInerney

Hello from the Gillespies

Hello from the Gillespies

Author: Monica McInerney Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/2014

International number one bestseller Monica McInerney brings us a sparkling and hilarious new novel about the ups and downs of family life. For the last thirty years, Angela Gillespie's annual Christmas letter has been full of her family's triumphs. But this year Angela surprises everyone, including herself - she tells the truth. Angela's husband is in the throes of a mid-life crisis. Her grown-up daughters are more out of control than ever. And her youngest child spends all of his time talking to an imaginary friend. With fantasy thoughts of a life before marriage and motherhood becoming more than just an innocent daydream, Angela's real life is slowly slipping out of focus. But, as the repercussions of her ruthlessly honest letter begin to pile up, a shocking event takes Angela from her family, and she realises she should have been more careful of what she wished for..

The House of Memories

The House of Memories

Author: Monica McInerney Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/06/2013

Following a tragic accident, Ella O'Hanlon flees to the other side of the world in an attempt to escape her grief, leaving behind the two people she blames for her loss: Aidan, the love of her life, and Jess, her spoilt half-sister. In London Ella is taken in by her beloved uncle Lucas, whose extraordinary house holds many wonderful memories for her. Along with other members of the very colourful Fox family, Lucas helps Ella to see that she is not the only one still hurting, and that forgiveness can be the greatest healer in a family and in a marriage.

Other books by Monica McInerney

The Trip of a Lifetime

The Trip of a Lifetime

Author: Monica McInerney Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/02/2018

Lola's keeping a secret from her past - it's the reason she escaped to the other side of the world . . . but when she travels back to where it all began, will she decide to tell the truth and face her fears? 'Monica McInerney is at the very top of her game. Treat yourself immediately!' Patricia Scanlan 'I always thought memories were unchangeable. Set in stone, shaped by the years. But there are always others too, ones you haven't let yourself remember . . .' The wilful and eccentric Lola Quinlan is off on the trip of a lifetime, taking her beloved granddaughter and great-granddaughter with her. More than sixty years after emigrating to Australia, she's keeping a secret promise to return to her Irish homeland. Lola has always been her family's port in a storm, but she's hiding the hurtful reason she left Kildare as a young woman. Lola's walk down memory lane will force her to confront her bittersweet past - and discover that the truth can indeed set you free . . . 'The twists and turns will intrigue you, make you laugh, pull at your heartstrings, but Lola will definitely make you cry. The sort of feel-good read you long to get back to' Hilary Boyd 'Heart-warming . . . a lovely read' Hello!

Lola's Secret

Lola's Secret

Author: Monica McInerney Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/12/2017

By turns funny and tender, this is a magical Christmas story from the Number One bestseller 'I've had zillions of family Christmases. Let's all try something new this year.' Lola Quinlan has a secret up her sleeve. As much as the sparky, mischievous great-grandmother adores her family, this year she has different plans for the holidays in the beautiful Australian valley. Thinking it will add some extra sparkle to the festive season, she invites a mystery group of strangers to spend Christmas at her Valley View Motel. But in the countdown to Christmas, her brood's need for her grandmotherly guidance threatens to derail her plan. And little does Lola guess that each of her prospective guests is escaping their own family troubles. Between the Quinlans' dramas, her mystery guests and the unexpected rediscovery of an old flame, Lola's encounters will show her that even the best-laid plans can't stand in the way of a little Christmas magic . . . 'Some novels are simply very special. This is one of those novels' Hello *Don't miss the brand-new Quinlan family story, The Trip of a Lifetime, out now!*

The Alphabet Sisters

The Alphabet Sisters

Author: Monica McInerney Format: Paperback Release Date: 14/12/2017

A glorious, uplifting story about the joys and heartbreaks of sisterhood, from the Number One bestseller 'I've got something very important I want the three of you to do for me.' Once as close-knit as sisters can be, Anna, Bett and Carrie haven't spoken in three years. They are still feeling the effects of the fight which tore them apart - but a summons to their grandmother's birthday party forces them out of their silence. Lola, the big-hearted, strong-willed grandmother who first nicknamed them the Alphabet Sisters, has a plan to reunite them. And while none of the women is eager to confront the past, each has a new reason to long for their sisters' support. But just as they find their way back to one another, the sisters are rocked by a greater challenge than ever before - one that will teach them the true value of family . . . 'You'll be laughing out loud one minute and crying the next' Cosmopolitan *Don't miss the next Quinlan family stories - Lola's Secret and The Trip of a Lifetime are available now!*

The Trip of a Lifetime

The Trip of a Lifetime

Author: Monica McInerney Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/08/2017

Number One bestseller Monica McInerney tells a heart-warming, humorous story about family and coming to terms with the past 'I always thought memories were unchangeable. Set in stone, shaped by the years. But there are always others too, ones you haven't let yourself remember . . .' The wilful and eccentric Lola Quinlan is off on the trip of a lifetime, taking her beloved granddaughter and great-granddaughter with her. More than sixty years after emigrating to Australia, she's keeping a secret promise to return to her Irish homeland. Lola has always been her family's port in a storm, but she's hiding the hurtful reason she left Ireland as a young woman. Lola's walk down memory lane will force her to confront her bittersweet past - and discover that the truth can indeed set you free . . . 'The twists and turns will intrigue you, make you laugh, pull at your heartstrings, but Lola will definitely make you cry. The sort of feel-good read you long to get back to' Hilary Boyd, bestselling author of Thursdays in the Park

Trip of a Lifetime

Trip of a Lifetime

Author: Monica McInerney Format: eBook Release Date: 03/07/2017

'I always thought memories were unchangeable. Set in stone, shaped by the years. But there are always others too, ones you haven't let yourself remember . . . ' The wilful and eccentric Lola Quinlan is off on the trip of a lifetime, taking her beloved granddaughter and great-granddaughter with her. More than sixty years after emigrating to Australia, she's keeping a secret promise to return to her Irish homeland.But as she embarks on her journey, the flamboyant Lola is still hiding the hurtful reasons she left Ireland in the first place. What - and who - will be waiting for her on the other side of the world?The Trip of a Lifetime is a big, bold, beautiful book about the light and dark times of life, and all the wonders in between. Moving from the Clare Valley of South Australia to the lush Irish countryside, this is a delightful, emotional story about a colourful and huge-hearted family that you'll want to call your own.

Hello from the Gillespies

Hello from the Gillespies

Author: Monica McInerney Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/2014

International number one bestseller Monica McInerney brings us a sparkling and hilarious new novel about the ups and downs of family life. For the last thirty years, Angela Gillespie's annual Christmas letter has been full of her family's triumphs. But this year Angela surprises everyone, including herself - she tells the truth. Angela's husband is in the throes of a mid-life crisis. Her grown-up daughters are more out of control than ever. And her youngest child spends all of his time talking to an imaginary friend. With fantasy thoughts of a life before marriage and motherhood becoming more than just an innocent daydream, Angela's real life is slowly slipping out of focus. But, as the repercussions of her ruthlessly honest letter begin to pile up, a shocking event takes Angela from her family, and she realises she should have been more careful of what she wished for..

Upside Down Inside Out

Upside Down Inside Out

Author: Monica McInerney Format: Paperback Release Date: 06/11/2014

Eva Kennedy is in a rut. After seven years of working at her uncle's Dublin delicatessen, her artistic aspirations have slipped by the wayside and her latest relationship has fizzled. Whatever happened to the Eva who was going to be someone? Hoping to shake things up and find inspiration, Eva takes a break and ventures to Melbourne, Australia, to visit an old friend who, for fun, gives Eva an exciting new identity. Eva is now exotic and adventurous and ... not herself.Joseph Wheeler is a successful London designer. Unfortunately his firm is thriving at such a high level that he doesn't have time to actually design anymore. And his love life is nonexistent.In Australia on business, Joseph meets Eva, and the sparks fly - even as Eva is stuck pretending to be someone she's not. Little does she know that Joseph has some secrets of his own...When what starts as a holiday fling quickly blossoms into something more, Joseph and Eva discover that romance can turn life upside down and inside out at the bottom of the world.

Odd One Out

Odd One Out

Author: Monica McInerney Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2014

From the international bestselling author of Hello from the Gillespies and The House of Memories comes the warm, funny story of a woman who defies her familys expectations on a journey to redefine herself. For years, Sylvie Devereaux, the one member of her famous family of artists and designers who has no artistic talent at all, has been the go to person for their every practical need, and all of it has gone largely unappreciated. But her sisters second wedding provides a moment of truth. During the reception, Great-Aunt Millicent publicly offers to hire Sylvie as her companion, so that they can be old maids together.Is that how people really think of her? Is that what she wants? Only her brother Sebastian seems to see Sylvie as a warm-hearted, talented woman who deserves a life of her own. With his encouragement, Sylvie begins to step out of her familys shadow, but creating a future for herself isnt as straightforward or predictable a process as she expects. And where she ends up surprises everyone, Sylvie most of all.Praise for Monica McInerney and her novels: McInerney brings humor and insight into issues of sibling rivalry, family secrecy, and romantic betrayal.The Boston GlobeYoull be laughing out loud one minute and crying the next.CosmopolitanMonica McInerney isnt just one of my favorite writers from down under, but from anywhere.Sally Koslow, author of The Widow Waltz[McInerney] brings Maeve Binchy readily to mind.The Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, Australia)International bestselling writer Monica McInerney is the award-winning author of ten previous novels including Hello From the Gillespies and The House of Memories, one short-story collection, and numerous stories and articles. She grew up in Australia, one of seven children, and has split her time between Australia and Ireland for twenty years. Monica and her Irish husband currently live in Dublin, Ireland.

Spin the Bottle

Spin the Bottle

Author: Monica McInerney Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/01/2014

Lainey Byrne is a woman in control, juggling a hectic job, her boyfriend Adam and a family with more than its fair share of dramas. Things go into a spin when she is wrenched from her life in Melbourne to run a B&B in Ireland for a year. Bed-and-breakfast quickly tumbles into bed-and-bedlam, especially when a reunion with childhood friend Rohan Hartigan sparks an unexpected romantic dilemma. Meanwhile, back in Australia, her father's taken to his bed, her mother's up the walls, her three brothers are running amok - and as for Adam ... It's going to take more than a game of spin the bottle to sort this one out!

Christmas Gift

Christmas Gift

Author: Monica McInerney Format: eBook Release Date: 28/11/2013

The perfect Christmas treat - two charming, festive short stories from the Number One bestseller.In Australia, Rosie is preparing for a family Christmas like no other. Across the world in Dublin, another family's holiday plans are about to go in an unexpected direction.Filled with warmth, heart and humour, these two charming short stories will delight readers this Christmas.Praise for Monica McInerney:'If you've yet to read her books, treat yourself immediately!' Patricia Scanlan'You'll be laughing out loud one minute and crying the next' Cosmopolitan'Gloriously fascinating and heart-warming' Cathy Kelly

Family Baggage

Family Baggage

Author: Monica McInerney Format: Paperback Release Date: 24/10/2013

Harriet Turner knows all about journeys. After all, she's arranged hundreds of them for the travel agency her family runs in the Australian coastal town of Merryn Bay. But when her work colleague and foster sister Lara disappears on the eve of a big overseas trip, Harriet finds herself in uncharted territory. Left alone in England with a coachload of eccentric tourists on a themed tour of locations from the Willoughby TV detective series, Harriet has her hands full. But as the bus trundles through the picturesque Cornwall countryside, the tour becomes another kind of journey for her. She finds herself facing big questions about her family and her childhood, about her feelings for the guest of honour on the tour, star of Willoughby, Patrick Shawcross - and the biggest puzzle of all: what has happened to Lara? Praise for Monica McInerney: 'You'll be laughing out loud one minute and crying the next.' Cosmopolitan Magazine 'Big-hearted family saga' Daily Express

Sweet Charity: A Short Story

Sweet Charity: A Short Story

Author: Monica McInerney Format: eBook Release Date: 13/08/2012

In this delightful eBook short story, Monica McInerney, internationally bestselling author of The Alphabet Sisters, returns to one of her warmest, wisest, and most memorable characters: the irrepressible Lola Quinlan, quick with a smile and spot of tea, who always has a generous dose of mischief up her sleeve. Lola Quinlan's small secondhand shop in the Clare Valley, Australia, is more than just a storeit's a loving community, a place to feel at home. In her golden years but still young at heart, Lola is delighted when the local teenagers start dropping in, browsing for outfits and gossiping about the upcoming school dance. Yet amid the flurry of excitement, Lola overhears some troubling news: One boy is planning a mean-spirited prank on a group of girls, and Lola does not intend to let him get away with it. With her dear friends by her side, she whips up a plan that will have the whole school talking, and will prove that nice guysand girlscan finish first. Includes the first chapter of Monica McInerney's acclaimed The Alphabet Sisters, and an exclusive preview of her upcoming novel, Lola's Secret. Praise for Monica McInerney The Alphabet Sisters ';Vivid characterizations and sharply honed dialogue . . . McInerney brings humor and insight to issues of sibling rivalry, family secrecy, and romantic betrayal.'The Boston Globe ';[A] gentle, life-affirming story. We come away feeling better about the world and, maybe, just a little more tender towards those close to us.'Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) Lola's Secret ';Exploring universal family issues of loss, rivalry, aging and grief, this is a warm, witty and moving novel.'Woman's Day (Australia) ';[McInerney's] assured writing sparkles. . . . When you reach the end, [this novel] will leave you feeling like you've been given a huge, warm hug.'Hello! magazine

At Home with the Templetons

At Home with the Templetons

Author: Monica McInerney Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/04/2011

Other people's families aren't always as perfect as they seem When the Templeton family from England takes up residence in a stately home in country Australia, they set the locals talking - and with good reason. From the outside, the seven Templetons seem so unusual . . . peculiar even. No one is more intrigued by the family than their neighbours, single mother Nina Donovan and her young son Tom. Before long, the two families' lives become entwined in unexpected ways, to the delight of Gracie, the youngest of the Templeton daughters. In the years that follow, the relationships between the Templetons and the two Donovans twist and turn in unpredictable and life-changing directions, until a tragedy tears them all apart. What will it take to bring them together again? From Australia's top-selling female novelist comes her best book yet - a wonderfully entertaining and touching story about the perils and pleasures of love, friendship and family. `A modern-day Jane Austen' Sun Herald

All Together Now

All Together Now

Author: Monica McInerney Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/07/2010

A group of friends on an unconventional diet learn some important life lessons, a fashion-challenged grandmother weaves some magic in a dusty charity shop, a grieving young mother takes a healing journey and a shy woman from a family of high-achievers learns to follow her dreams. From one of Australia's most loved authors comes All Together Now, a collection of Monica McInerney's short fiction gathered between two covers for the first time. Including several of her earliest magazine short stories, contributions to recent anthologies, her popular novella Odd One Out, and two new stories, this is a book to inspire and delight fans of all ages. Family relationships, sibling rivalry, love lost and love found - these stories touch on the popular themes of Monica McInerney's hugely successful novels, and are brimming with her trademark colour, warmth and humour.

Those Faraday Girls

Those Faraday Girls

Author: Monica McInerney Format: Paperback Release Date: 04/04/2008

From the bestselling author of Family Baggage and The Alphabet Sisters comes a warm and captivating story of family secrets, traditions and ties. As a child, Maggie Faraday grew up in a lively, unconventional household with her young mother, four very different aunts and her eccentric grandfather. With her mother often away, her aunts took turns to look after her - until, just weeks before Maggie's sixth birthday, a shocking event changed everything. Twenty years on, Maggie is living alone in New York City when a surprise visit from her grandfather brings a revelation and a proposition to reunite the family. As the Faradays gather in Ireland, Maggie begins to realize that the women she thought she knew so intimately all have something to hide . . .

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