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Blockbuster Australian author Monica McInerney's bestselling book, The House of Memories, is about forgiveness and learning to love again.

Sometimes the hardest lessons to learn are those that matter most.

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.

An exquisitely moving and life-affirming novel by an internationally bestselling author.

'Sensitive and intelligent . . .McInerney's skills at creating family sagas keep getting better.' The Age

'This is a beautifully told story with real emotional depth. Another triumph for Monica McInerney.' Irish Independent

'There are two sides to every story in Monica McInerney's new heartwarming page-turner. . . You'll laugh but you'll cry a lot more.' Marie Claire

'A beautiful story about blended families . . . A perfect weekend read.' Grazia

Reviews

'Very moving ... There is an endearing warmth to the narrative and characters, and the underlining themes of family and forgiveness are uplifting and hopeful.****' Australian Bookseller & Publisher

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'McInerney has a knack for bringing characters to life; imbuing them with unique voices, perfectly tuned, making them authentically flawed and carving out their losses and gains with a realism that resonates deeply. Full of heart and exquisitely written pain, this is one of those novels that will stay with the reader for a long time. Some stories just carry you along with them and make you truly care about the fate of the characters, long after you leave the last page, and The House of Memories is one of those books.' Bord Gáis Book Club

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'A touching and life-affirming tale of family bonds, tragic loss, forgiveness and the power of love.' Adelaide Advertiser

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'A wonderful novel with compelling emotional depth ... there is as much heart and warmth in The House of Memories as there is angst and drama ... touches of delightful humour too.' Book'd Out

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'...filled with humour and sadness in equal measure, The House of Memories is an emotional see-saw that had even this battle-hardened reader reaching for a tissue.' West Australian

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'A wonderfully emotional and tense novel all about what happens when you try to bury grief ... McInerney is an expert in portraying the nuances and complications of family life. Her characters never take the easy way out and she loves exploring ethical dilemmas. This is a novel that asks all the most painful questions ... Mesmerising.' Red Magazine, UK

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'...a compelling tale that is ultimately uplifting' Sunday Mail

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'There are two sides to every story in Monica McInerney's new heartwarming page-turner... You'll laugh but you'll cry a lot more...' Marie Claire

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'This is a fabulously written book with truly beautifully constructed characters...one of my favourite reads of the year.' 1 Girl 2 Many Books

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'A beautiful story about blended families and the power love possesses to hurt and to heal. A perfect weekend read.' Grazia

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'This is a beautifully told story with real emotional depth. Another triumph for Monica McInerney and another great story for her readers.' Irish Independent, Ireland

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'The House of Memories is an emotionally charged novel, which is exquisitely written. Monica McInerney creates the perfect balance of well crafted characters and a captivating story. Interspersed with warmth and humour, it is a story that is sure to engross from start to finish.' Ulster Tatler, Ireland

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'The House of Memories is packed full of warmth and humour, and is another engaging read from McInerney.' Better Homes and Gardens

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'sensitive and intelligent ... McInerney's skills at creating family sagas keep getting better' The Age

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'The twists and turns of modern families are explored in this warm novel which will have you reaching for the tissue box. This will keep Monica's long-time fans happy, and make her many new ones.' Woman's Day

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'A stunning exploration of family ties, love and loss.' Daily Record, Scotland

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'Heartbreaking, yet lovely' Image Magazine, Ireland

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143569213

    June 26, 2013

    Penguin

    496 pages

    RRP $26.00

    Online retailers

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  • EBook

    9781742536590

    September 26, 2012

    Penguin eBooks

    400 pages

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    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
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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
Lola's Secret
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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