Hello to a new Hello from the Gillespies

A treat in the post: my first copies of the new Australian edition of Hello from the Gillespies have just arrived. I love this new cover – I can almost feel the outback heat coming off it (very welcome on … More

A quizzical question from my Mum

My Mum emailed from South Australia yesterday to ask if I could help her with the answer to question 12 in the Adelaide Advertiser newspaper’s daily quiz. “Who wrote the 2007 novel Those Faraday Girls?“ Now, let me think about it… … More

A return to County Mayo

I’m just back from a few days in County Mayo in the beautiful west of Ireland, one of the settings for Hello from the Gillespies. This time last year I was there doing my final edits to the book and … More

Book bags and bookish stories

Is there such a thing as too many book bags? (No.) Especially when each one comes with its own story. The bag from the Hobart Bookshop in Tasmania? I was living in Hobart when I wrote A Taste for It, my first … More

A letter to fate or destiny…

Do you believe in fate or destiny? Here’s my tale of three near misses, my contribution to AIRMAIL, the latest Women of Letters anthology, curated by Michaela McGuire and Marieke Hardy. (This edited extract appeared in The Age & Sydney … More

Guten Tag, Gillespies!

Guten Tag! I’m very happy to give my German friends a sneak preview of the cover for the German edition of HELLO FROM THE GILLESPIES, with its new title, DAS SCHOENSTE KOMMT ZUM SCHLUSS. Google Translate tells me that means … More

Top Ten Winter Reads

A review from the Huffington Post for Hello from the Gillespies.

A Trip To Navan

A visit to Navan, and memories of my dear friend Dympna.

Penguin Australia’s Dear Monica Competition

Thank you all so much for the hundreds of entries in the Dear Monica competition. It was a pleasure and privilege to read so many of your special family memories. There were stories of happy gatherings, sad farewells, love and … More

A note for readers

A brief note to those reading Hello from the Gillespies.

My Australian tour dates

I’m happy to share the details of my upcoming October tour here on my website and also on the Penguin website. If I’m visiting anywhere near you, I do hope you’ll come and say hello.

#DearMonica competition

I’m delighted to announce details of a great Penguin Books competition especially for my Australian readers. You’re all invited to write to me and share a special family memory in the #dearmonica competition…

Gillespies cover reveal x 3

Here’s an early look at the three different international covers for my new novel, HELLO FROM THE GILLESPIES, coming out in Oct/Nov 2014. I love them and hope you all do too.

New novel on the way

I’m very happy to share the news that my new novel is called: HELLO FROM THE GILLESPIES.
The cover copy reads: “For the past thirty-three years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled ‘Hello from the Gillespies’. It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself – she tells the truth….

Australia’s Favourite Novelist poll

I was delighted to be named in the Top 5 in Booktopia’s poll for Australia’s Favourite Novelist – thanks so much for your votes, everyone.

US edition of The House of Memories

The House of Memories will be published in the US on Feb 4, 2014. Click through to see the covers and read a wonderful early review.

New Australian covers

A beautiful new look for the Australian/New Zealand editions of my novels, available now as e-book and print-books.

My Favourite Place

From The Age & Sydney Morning Herald travel pages – I’m one of five authors writing about “the one spot in Australia that has most informed their writings.” My spot? The Clare Valley of South Australia.  

Research trip to County Cork

Here are some photos from my September research trip to Cork in Ireland, one of the settings for my new book, which will be published in late 2014.

Dublin launch of And Then He Kissed Me

We had a great launch in July of And Then He Kissed Me, a new anthology of romantic stories for teens, to which I’ve contributed a short story called ‘My Embarrassing Mother’…

Lola’s Secret published in Germany

Willkommen, Lola! The German edition of Lola’s Secret, with its new title Die Frauen von Clare Valley (The Women of the Clare Valley) is now available in Germany. Viel Spass beim Lesen/Happy Reading to everyone there.

Writing Popular Fiction online workshop

I had a great day at the first Writing.ie online TV workshop ‘Writing Popular Fiction’ here in Dublin last week, alongside fellow authors Vanessa O’Loughlin, Paul Carson and Sinead Moriarty, and a terrific and talented panel of writing students in-studio…

On the train in Platform magazine

If you happen to be taking a train trip in Australia on the legendary Ghan, Overland or Indian Pacific (lucky you, if so…), please do keep an eye out for the on-board magazine Platform. The current issue has an extract … More

German edition of Lola’s Secret

Guten Tag, Lola! Here’s the lovely cover of the German language edition of Lola’s Secret, with its new German title Die Frauen von Clare Valley, which translates as The Women of the Clare Valley. It will be published in Germany … More

And Then He Kissed Me anthology, July 2013

For the young in years (and heart) among you – I’ve written a short story for a forthcoming teen romance anthology called And Then He Kissed Me, to be published by Walker Books on 4 July 2013. More details soon, … More

Award shortlist for House of Memories

I’m delighted to share the news that The House of Memories has been shortlisted for Promotional Campaign of the Year in this year’s Australian Book Industry Awards. Many congratulations to my publisher Penguin Australia, especially marketing director Sally Bateman, my … More

Mallow Library Readers’ Day

Many thanks to everyone who came along to the Mallow Library Readers’ Day in beautiful (and sunny!) County Cork on April 27th. Special thanks to host and interviewer Dermot Bolger and librarians Christina O’Sullivan, Bernie Wallace, Grace, Majella, Liz and … More

The Real-Life Railway Children

‘They were not railway children to begin with,’ starts Edith Nesbit’s classic The Railway Children. Not in our case  – we seven McInerneys were always railway children, our father the railway stationmaster in the Clare Valley of South Australia for … More

Teenage Angst

‘I’m on canteen duty next week.’ My Mum said it so casually, but the words struck fear into my heart. I was 14 years old, at high school in rural South Australia. Life as a teenager had come as a … More

Alphabet Sisters in the Pink

My fourth novel The Alphabet Sisters is one of 12 titles to be published as a limited edition Pink Popular Penguin in Australia in late March, helping the McGrath Foundation raise funds to expand the national Breast Care Nurse network. The special ‘pink’ … More

Australia’s Favourite Novelist poll

I’m delighted to have finished in the Number 3 spot (behind Tim Winton at 2 and Kate Morton at 1) in Booktopia’s poll for Australia’s Favourite Novelist – thanks so much for your votes, everyone!

The House of Memories shortlisted in RNA Awards

The House of Memories has been shortlisted for the 2013 Romantic Novelists’ Association (RNA) Awards in the UK, in the Contemporary Romantic Novel category. The winners will be announced in London on February 26. Thank you, RNA!

A Real-life House of Memories

To mark the publication of  The House of Memories in Australia, my publisher Penguin created a ‘pop-up’ house in Southern Cross railway station in Melbourne. Passersby were invited to write a personal memory on a slip of paper and attach … More

The Statues of Dublin

In the centre of O’Connell Street in Dublin there’s a statue of the man who used to own the vegetable shop in my childhood hometown in Australia. On North Earl Street, a drinking crony of my brother is immortalized in … More

“An orange-related mishap”

“A niece’s orange-related mishap and a bout with unthinkable sorrow planted seeds for Monica McInerney’s 10th novel.” By Linda Morris in The Sydney Morning Herald: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/books/grief-for-lack-of-a-better-word-is-good-20121110-294az.html

The House of Memories Australian bestseller

My publisher Penguin Australia has just told me that The House of Memories is the top-selling Australian book for the third week in a row. Thanks very much to you all for helping make that happen, and for all your … More

Big thanks

I’d like to say a big, big thanks to all of you who came along to my talks about The House of Memories all around Australia during the past few weeks. I loved doing every one of them – it … More

Lola’s Secret – first American review

I was thrilled to receive this review from Booklist, the American Library Association magazine: ‘McInerney believes in the goodness of people… Lola, and the novel, cheerily salute the extraordinary in the ordinary and the connections of family and friends.’ Booklist, USA … More

Video: “The Luck of the Irish”

This is a story from ABC-TV’s 7.30 Report, who caught up with me during a trip to Tasmania: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2012-10-12/luck-of-the-irish/4310850

First Week of Australian Tour

Thanks very much to all of you who have come along to my talks in Sydney, Canberra and Queensland this week. I’m loving the opportunity to meet so many of you. Big thanks to all the librarians and booksellers for … More

The House of Memories review in Red Magazine UK

I’m thrilled to share my first UK review for The House of Memories – ‘A wonderfully emotional and tense novel … Mesmerising.’ Thank you very much, Red Magazine.

Interview on ABC’s Life Matters programme

Many thanks to Natasha Mitchell and all the Life Matters team at ABC Radio National for my interview on the program. If you’d like to listen, it’s now up on the ABC website.

ABC Radio National: Life Matters

This interview is available for download here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/monica-mcinerney/4281670

Bookworld Q&A on The House of Memories

My Q&A about The House of Memories, where I write, my ultimate author dinner party and more besides is now up on the Bookworld website.

Eason’s Book of the Month

For Irish readers: I’m thrilled to say The House of Memories is one of Eason’s Books of the Month. I recently spent an afternoon at the Eason warehouse signing hundreds of copies – they’ll be available in Eason stores all … More

Bord Gais Energy Bookclub

Many thanks to Emma Walsh of the Bord Gais Energy Bookclub for her lovely review, and for choosing The House of Memories as one of the Bookclub’s Books of the Month. “McInerney has a knack for bringing characters to life; imbuing … More

The House of Memories is now available

The House of Memories is now available in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand and will be published in the UK in mid October. I’ll be in Australia during October and really looking forward to all the talks, bookshop visits and … More

Australian tour dates, October 2012

Here are the details of all the bookshop and library talks I’ll be doing around Australia during my tour for The House of Memories in October. I’m really looking forward to meeting as many of you as possible.

Lola’s Secret in London

I recently spent three days in London doing interviews to mark the UK publication of Lola’s Secret. I had the great pleasure of staying in Hazlitt’s Hotel in Soho, which has a large bookcase containing signed copies of books by … More

En casa de los Templeton

Here’s the lovely cover and blurb for the about-to-be-published Spanish edition of At Home with the Templetons. Cuando la familia Templeton, oriunda de Inglaterra, se muda a una mansión colonial en Australia, despierta la curiosidad y lashabladurías de los lugareños…, … More

Lola on The Huffington Post

Many thanks to Ben Falk of The Huffington Post UK edition for this interview about Lola’s Secret.

Mountains to Sea Book Festival, Sept 6 2012

I’m delighted to be part of this year’s Mountains to Sea book festival in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin from September 4-9. I’m one of the speakers at A Passion for Books: An Evening for Readers & Writers at the Kingston … More

With the Huffington Post

I spoke with The Huffington Post‘s Ben Falk about travel secrets and the charm of a good thrift store: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/ben-falk/interview-author-monica-mcinerney_b_1697256.html

Lola on the DART

If you’re out and about on the Dublin train network over the next two weeks, please do keep an eye out for the ads for Lola’s Secret at stations and on platforms around the city. The paperback edition is now … More

My 10th Novel, The House of Memories, October 2012

I’m very happy to let you know that my tenth novel, called The House of Memories, will be published in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK in October 2012, with other countries to follow. I’ll be touring Australia in … More

Dalkey Book Festival, 15-17 June, 2012

I’m delighted to be part of this year’s Dalkey Book Festival. I’m speaking on a panel on Sunday 17th June from 1 – 2pm at the Heritage Centre, Castle Street, discussing ‘How to Write a Bestseller’ with Sinead Moriarty, Sarah … More

Blog interview and competition

Many thanks/Vielen Dank to book-lover and book-blogger Karin in Vienna, Austria for her interview with me about my writing routine, favourite authors, Australian travel tips and more. Karin is also running a competition to win a signed copy of Those … More

Lola’s Signing

Here are photos from my morning spent with the lovely folk at Irish book wholesalers Argosy and Eason. I signed hundreds of copies of the new paperback edition of Lola’s Secret which will soon be available in bookshops all around … More

New covers for UK and Ireland

Here’s the cover for the UK and Irish paperback edition of Lola’s Secret and the new edition of The Alphabet Sisters too. They’ll be available in bookshops and as an e-book on June 6 (Ireland) and July 19 (UK).

Lola’s Secret in America

Here’s a preview of the cover for the American edition of Lola’s Secret. It will be published there in October 2012.

Sweet Charity: Behind the Scenes in Charity Shops

My name is Monica McInerney and I am an addict. My drug of choice? Charity shops. As I push open the door, my fingers start to tingle. My eyes start to dart. What might I find in here? A vintage … More

Navan Library Talk, 15 March

I’m giving a talk in the Navan Library, County Meath on Thursday 15 March, 7.30 pm, as part of the Navan Shamrock Festival. Details here or phone 046-9021134. All welcome – hope to see you there!

Waterford Writers’ Weekend, March 24 & 25, 2012

I’m taking part in three events at the Waterford Writers’ Weekend in late March: a Commercial Fiction Workshop on Sat 24th March, 2-5 pm; the Women’s Fiction panel discussion with Sineád Moriarty, Niamh Greene and Sarah Webb on Sat 24th … More

My Favourite Novel

My article from the Weekend Australian newspaper on My Favourite Novel: Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha by Roddy Doyle – Weekend Australian My Favourite Novel

Collect magazine Q&A

Thanks to Annie MacRae of South Australia’s Collect magazine for this interview: Collect magazine Q&A

Lola’s Secret audio edition

I’m happy to let you know the audio edition of Lola’s Secret, produced by Bolinda in Australia, is now available. My big thanks to actor Catie Milte (also from the Clare Valley!) for her beautiful reading of the story. Catie … More

London research trip

I’m just back from a trip to London to research locations for my new novel. I’m really enjoying writing it and hope you’ll all enjoy reading it in October.

Lola’s Secret review

In perfect timing for Australia Day today, here’s a review of Lola’s Secret from the Australian books and reading website.

The Technological Times are A-Changing

I have a confession to make. At 46 years of age, I’m behind the technological times – not with the younger generation, but the older. I use a bulky desk computer, not a slinky laptop. I have an old mobile … More

Bitten By Book Lust

Literary blog Bitten By Book Lust published this insightful interview: http://bittenbybooklust.blogspot.ie/2011/11/monica-mcinerney-interview.html

Lola on Australian TV

My big thanks to Penguin Australia for this beautiful television commercial for Lola’s Secret, now showing on Australian TV.

10 Terrifying Questions

The day I faced up to Booktopia’s “Ten Terrifying Questions”: http://blog.booktopia.com.au/2011/11/02/monica-mcinerney-author-of-lolas-secret-answers-ten-terrifying-questions/

The Getting of Wisdom

My interview about The Getting of Wisdom from last weekend’s Sydney Morning Herald and The Age newspapers in Australia. Lola’s Secret – SMH 221011

Library Talks, November & December

I’m doing talks in libraries around the country in November and December. If I’m in your area, please do come along! Thur 3 November, 6pm: Watch House Cross Library, Limerick City 061 4577 26 Fri 4 November, 6pm: Guest speaker … More

The story behind Lola’s Secret

The story behind Lola’s Secret – thanks very much to fellow author Fleur McDonald in Australia for the invitation to write this for her website.

Lola’s Secret on Off the Shelf

My warmest thanks to Hazel Gaynor of Off the Shelf on the Hello Magazine website for this Q&A and lovely review.

Talk in Kanturk, Co Cork

I’ll be giving a talk about my books and the writing life in Kanturk Library, County Cork on Thursday 20 October at 7.30 pm – admission is free and you’re all very welcome. For more details please phone Kanturk Library … More

Dubray Books Competition

Thanks very much to Dubray Books here in Ireland for their Lola’s Secret/The Alphabet Sisters competition – please visit the Dubray Books website for all the details on how to enter.

Lola’s Secret Q&A

My big thanks to you all for giving Lola’s Secret such a warm welcome. If you’d like some background to the story, I hope you’ll enjoy this interview with me on the Penguin Australia website.

Radio LMFM’s Late Lunch panel

Thanks to Gerry Kelly of LMFM’s Late Lunch and my fellow panellists Sarah Nic Lochlainn and Ciara Burke for our lively discussion on the Irish Presidential election, the ideal age to marry and the pros and cons of parental guidelines … More

Today FM interview in Eason, Dublin

I was interviewed about Lola’s Secret by Phil Cawley of Today FM in the flagship Eason bookstore in O’Connell Street, Dublin on Saturday, as part of Eason’s 125th Birthday celebrations. Thanks Phil and a Very Happy Birthday, Eason!

Lola’s Secret publication

October is publication month for Lola’s Secret in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. My big thanks to my publishers Penguin and Pan Macmillan, all the booksellers and especially to my readers for your great support. I hope you all enjoy … More

Signed Bookplates

I won’t be in Australia for a Lola’s Secret tour this year, but I’d still love to offer signed bookplates for any readers. If you’d like one for your copy, please send an email to info@monicamcinerney.com with your name and … More

Signing Lola’s Secret in Ireland

I spent a sunny afternoon yesterday signing many copies of Lola’s Secret at the Argosy and Eason warehouses in Dublin. The signed copies will soon be available in bookshops all around Ireland. Thanks Argosy, thanks Eason!

Library Talks in Ireland

I’m doing a series of library talks around Ireland over the next few months, starting at the Carlow County Library’s first Literary Festival ‘PenFest’ on Thursday 15 September, 7.00 – 8.00 pm. For details 059 917 0094 or www.carlowlibraries.ie. On … More

The Alphabet Sisters competition for Irish readers

A message from my publishers Pan Macmillan:  ‘In the run up to the publication of the sequel, Lola’s Secret, in October, we have five copies of The Alphabet Sisters to give away to Monica’s Irish readers. If you’d like to … More

An Aunt’s Tale

My article about the joys of being an aunt recently appeared in the UK magazine The People’s Friend.

Irish (and Clare Valley) cover for Lola’s Secret

I hope you like this sneak preview of the Irish cover for Lola’s Secret, publication date October 7, 2011. I know these beautiful vineyard-covered hills well – the photo was actually taken in the Clare Valley of South Australia where … More