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  • Published: 20 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9781760893743
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $24.00

The Godmothers




The heartwarming new novel by Australia's #1 bestselling author.

The highly anticipated new family drama from one of Australia's most beloved authors.

Eliza Miller grew up in Australia as the only daughter of a troubled young mother, but with the constant support of two watchful godmothers, Olivia and Maxie. Despite her tricky childhood, she always felt loved and secure. Until, just before her eighteenth birthday, a tragic event changed her life.

Thirteen years on, Eliza is deliberately living as safely as possible, avoiding close relationships and devoting herself to her job. Out of the blue, an enticing invitation from one of her godmothers prompts a leap into the unknown.

Within a fortnight, Eliza finds herself in the middle of a complicated family in Edinburgh. There’s no such thing as an ordinary day any more. Yet, amidst the chaos, Eliza begins to blossom. She finds herself not only hopeful about the future, but ready to explore her past, including the biggest mystery of all – who is her father?

Set in Australia, Scotland, Ireland and England, 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.

'An absolutely beautiful book ... intriguing and uplifting.' Marian Keyes

‘A warm, hilarious and hopeful story about family, friendships and secrets …The Godmothers is the ultimate comfort read: delightful and uplifting, with more than a few twists and turns to keep you going.’ Better Reading

  • Published: 20 July 2021
  • ISBN: 9781760893743
  • Imprint: Penguin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 448
  • RRP: $24.00

About the author

Monica McInerney

One of the stars of Australian fiction, Monica is the author of 13 internationally bestselling books for adults, including most recently The Godmothers, shortlisted for the 2021 ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year. Monica grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley of South Australia and has 18 nieces and nephews who are her inspiration for many more Marcie Gill adventures to come. She and her Irish husband have been living between Australia and Ireland for thirty years. They currently live in Australia.

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Praise for The Godmothers

A warm, hilarious and hopeful story about family, friendships and secrets … The Godmothers is the ultimate comfort read: delightful and uplifting, with more than a few twists and turns to keep you going.

Better Reading

Monica McInereny is the queen of feel-good novels, and she’s done it again with The Godmothers, setting up a family-based mystery full of warm characters that will have you turning the pages to follow their heartfelt story as it treks from Melbourne to Scotland and Ireland … In typical McInerney style, this is a story full of love, laughter and hope, along with lies, secrets, tears, heartache and difficult life lessons. But most of all it’s about appreciating the value of family – both mothers and godmothers.

Herald Sun

The Godmothers is a big-hearted book from a stalwart of popular Australian family sagas … there’s an emotional intelligence in its depiction of a woman learning to embrace life, and the perils and pleasures of love, after years of avoidance.

The Age

Awards & recognition

ABIA

Longlisted  •  2021  •  General Fiction

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