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From the bestselling author of At Home with the Templetons comes a funny, sad and moving novel about memories and moments and the very meaning of life.

At the Valley View Motel in South Australia's picturesque Clare Valley, 84-year-old Lola Quinlan is up to her usual mischief. She's sent her family away for Christmas and invited a number of mystery guests to come and stay. But who are all these people, and why aren't they spending the festive season with their own loved ones?

As the big day draws closer and Lola's personal family dramas threaten to unravel her plans, she discovers that at a special time of year, magic can happen in every family – especially your own.

A funny and sad and moving novel about the very meaning of life, Lola's Secret has touched the hearts of women the world over.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143785699

    June 19, 2017

    Penguin

    400 pages

    RRP $26.00

    Online retailers

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    • Mighty Ape
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    • The Nile
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  • Paperback

    9780143566632

    April 26, 2012

    Penguin

    400 pages

    RRP $26.00

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

  • EBook

    9781742534077

    September 28, 2011

    Penguin eBooks

    400 pages

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    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ
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Awards and Recognition

  • Australian Book Industry Awards
    2012
    Shortlisted
    General Fiction Book of the Year

Also by Monica McInerney

The Trip of a Lifetime
Hello from the Gillespies
Lola's Secret: Pink Popular Penguins
The Christmas Gift
The Alphabet Sisters: Pink Popular Penguins
The House of Memories
At Home with the Templetons
All Together Now
Those Faraday Girls
Upside Down, Inside Out
Spin the Bottle
A Taste for It
Family Baggage
The Alphabet Sisters

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Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
Swing Time
The Mistress
Tiger Men
The Golden Age
Fifty Shades Darker
A Long Way from Home
Uncommon Type
The Trip of a Lifetime
The Light Between Oceans
Line of Fire
Ready Player One