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Monica McInerney
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Monica McInerney

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One of the stars of Australian fiction, Monica McInerney is the author of the internationally bestselling novels A Taste for It, Upside Down Inside Out, Spin the Bottle, The Alphabet Sisters, Family Baggage, Those Faraday Girls, At Home with the Templetons, Lola's Secret, The House of Memories, Hello from the Gillespies, The Trip of a Lifetime and The Godmothers, and a short story collection, All Together Now.

Those Faraday Girls was the winner of the General Fiction Book of the Year prize at the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards. In 2006 Monica was the ambassador for the Australian Government initiative Books Alive, with her novella Odd One Out.

Monica grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley of South Australia and has been living between Australia and Ireland for twenty years. She and her Irish husband currently live in Dublin.


'It’s always an almost-sinful pleasure to delve into anything written by Monica McInerney, whose delightful prose brings her rich characters to sparkling life.'

Irish American Post 

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My trip of a lifetime

Monica McInerney opens her photo album to share some reflections on writing.

A note from Monica

Start reading an exclusive animated extract of The Trip of a Lifetime.

Curl Up With The Quinlans

Less than one month to go until THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME by Monica McInerney is out! We can't wait to curl up with the Quinlans. Read more - http://bit.ly/2pJxF5q

The Godmothers by Monica McInerney

The heartwarming new novel by Australia's #1 bestselling author. THE GODMOTHERS is a great big hug of a book that will fill your heart to bursting. It is a moving and perceptive story about love, lies, hope and sorrow, about the families we are born into and the families we make for ourselves. https://www.penguin.com.au/books/the-godmothers-9781760893736

Trip of a Lifetime notes

Introduce your book club to the huge-hearted Quinlan family.

What you should read next based on your fave Netflix shows

Done binging the latest TV sensation? Pick up a book and keep the good times rolling. 

Researching and writing The Godmothers

Monica McInerney on the family secrets, overseas trips and strange times that shaped her heartwarming new novel.

Twenty insights: twenty years as an author

2020 marks Monica McInerney’s 20th year as a published author. Here she offers 20 memories and observations on her writing career.