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The long-awaited and highly anticipated new novel from one of Australia’s most beloved bestselling authors.

‘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.


This heartwarming novel celebrates love, life, family, and the importance of letting go.

Yours magazine

The Trip of a Lifetime, a bright, bold book by Australian-born, Dublin-based writer Monica McInerney is a wonderful story about family, about relationships, about the good and bad times and about secrets and lies. But most of all it is about the true meaning of family and the true meaning of home.

Daily Mercury

A cosy read that will make you reflect on what being family means.

The House of Wellness

The Trip of a Lifetime ... addresses the delights and challenges of family relationships, with her trademark attention to detail and a keen understanding of the way the different generations think, speak and behave.

West Australian

Once you meet the Quinlans, there’s no turning back: The Trip of a Lifetime will quench the thirst of fans waiting for another instalment, and inspire a new obsession for those who are just getting to know them. If you haven’t discovered McInerney yet, now is the time to do so.

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    July 3, 2017

    Michael Joseph Australia

    464 pages

    RRP $37.00

    Online retailers

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

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

  • Paperback


    June 18, 2018


    RRP $26.00

    Online retailers

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

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

  • EBook


    July 3, 2017

    Penguin eBooks

    464 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ
Book Clubs
Trip of a Lifetime Notes

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

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.

Also by Monica McInerney

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


The Handmaid's Tale
To Kill A Mockingbird
A Gentleman in Moscow
Echo Burning
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Dragonfly In Amber
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Golden House
The Bear and The Nightingale
Ready Player One
On Chesil Beach
Animal Farm
The Light Between Oceans
A Long Way from Home
The Travelling Cat Chronicles
Norwegian Wood