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