General Fiction Book of the Year Shortlist

I’m very happy to share the news that The Trip of a Lifetime has made the shortlist for the General Fiction Book of the Year in the Australian Book Industry Awards. Thank you all so much for your support, and my … More

The Trip of a Lifetime – out now in the UK and Ireland

Happy Publication Day to the UK & Irish paperback edition of The Trip of a Lifetime. ‘The twists and turns will intrigue you, make you laugh, pull at your heartstrings, but Lola will definitely make you cry. The sort of … More

Australia’s Favourite Authors 2018

I’m thrilled and touched to say I was voted in to the Top 10 (at #8) of Booktopia’s poll to find Australia’s Favourite Authors. Thank you all very much!

The first advance copies of The Trip of a Lifetime

Even after 12 novels there is nothing quite like receiving my first advance copies of a new edition.  I’ve just received this gorgeous homecoming present here in Dublin – a box of the beautiful new UK edition of The Trip of … More

Final Interview of 2017

My final interview of last year was with the lovely Suzy Yates of Talking Lifestyle Radio on Dec 29. During our 15 minute conversation on a sunny Sydney morning, we spoke about travel, family, writing in my Dublin attic, how … More

Goodbye to The Book Club

I was so sorry to hear that ABC TV’s wonderful book discussion program, The Book Club, is coming to an end after 11 great years, with the last episode airing in Australia this Tuesday 19 December at 8.30pm. It was an … More

Eason Ireland’s 50 Best Books

So delighted to see The Trip of a Lifetime in Eason Ireland’s list of the 50 Best Books of the Year. Thanks so much to everyone at Easons Ireland for their wonderful support. If you’d like to be in the running to win … More

Better Reading’s Top 100

I’m delighted and very touched that two of my novels (The Trip of a Lifetime & The Alphabet Sisters) have been voted in to Better Reading‘s Top 100 Books for 2017 in Australia. Thank you all so much – the full … More

My guide to the Clare Valley with Yours Magazine

When I was back home in Australia in July, I had the big treat of spending two days in my homeplace of the Clare Valley of South Australia with Melissa Field of Yours Magazine Australia & local photographer Daniel Blackman, visiting many … More

Dubray’s Christmas Catalogue

An early festive treat to see The Trip of a Lifetime featured in Dubray’s Christmas catalogue here in Ireland – thank you Dubray Books and Penguin Random House Ireland!

Theresa Smith on my books

‘There’s something you need to know about Monica’s novels and it’s really quite important to remember: you can’t read them in public.’ My warmest thanks to Theresa Smith in Australia for this thoughtful and lovely article about my books and … More

Four months later at Meg’s Bookshop…

Delighted to still be in the Top 10 at Meg’s Bookshop in South Australia, four months after The Trip of a Lifetime was published. Thank you Margie and Mark! (Delighted to be there alongside so many other Australian authors too.)

The Shape I’m In

My guiltiest pleasures, how I relax and a few of my favourite things – all in this Q&A in the health supplement of the Irish Examiner.

Hello to the Lithuanians

Sveiki* to the Lithuanian edition of Hello from the Gillespies! I’ve just received my author copies of this lovely hardback edition, with its new title ‘Lemtingas laiškas’ which translates as ‘Fatal Letter’. *Hello

Dymocks’ Favourite Books of the Year

Happy news from Australia – The Trip of a Lifetime has been chosen as one of Dymocks’ Favourite Books of the Year. Thank you, Dymocks Books, you are one of my favourite Australian booksellers of the year too!

Writer’s Block interview in The Gloss Magazine

My tales of house-hunting (and railway lines) in Dublin; editing in my attic to the sounds of One Direction & Bruce Springsteen; childhood memories of the Clare Valley and a few of my favourite bookshops (and restaurants) in Ireland and … More

Starts at 60 Feature

“Love, laughter and dark family secrets” – my big thanks to Starts at 60 for this feature article about my books.

Dubray Read for Hope

I’ll be reading from “Lola’s Secret” at Dubray Grafton Street at 6.40 pm tonight, as part of Dubray’s #readforhope on Culture Night. There are lots of authors taking part (we’re all listed below) – if you’re in the area, please do come … More

What books mean to me in The Guardian

“I was an ordinary kid in an Australian country town but through books I travelled the world.” Ahead of Australian Reading Hour on Thursday, my article about what books mean to me appears in The Guardian Australian edition today.

My Irish-Australian life

My interview about my Irish-Australian life appeared today in TheJournal, Ireland’s online news site – big thanks to journalist Aoife Barry.

The Irish Times Top 10

I’m delighted to share the news that the Irish edition of The Trip of a Lifetime has gone straight in to the Irish Times’ Top 10 here in Ireland, at number 8. My big thanks to Irish readers for giving … More

Irish Book Signings

For any of you in or around Dublin who might like a signed copy of The Trip of a Lifetime, I’m happy to say you will find one in the Easons Irelandstores in Dundrum, Tallaght, Liffey Valley, Blanchardstown and Swords. I … More

The Trip of a Lifetime on an Irish trip

The Trip of a Lifetime has been on a trip! My Irish friend Louise and her family took a copy of my new novel with them on holidays to West Cork this week, where it got to see ALL the … More

Interview with the Sunday Times

From today’s Sunday Times’ Culture magazine in Ireland – you can read my interview online here. My big thanks to journalist Pavel Barter & photographer Barry Cronin.

The Trip of a Lifetime Irish Launch

I’m delighted to share these photos from my Dublin launch last night of The Trip of a Lifetime. I loved every minute of it – my warmest & happiest thanks to my dear friend Sinead Moriarty for launching it, to the lovely … More

Media in Ireland

I’m now counting down the hours until the Dublin launch tonight of the Irish edition of The Trip of a Lifetime. If you’re nearby, please do come and join us all at the splendid Dubray bookshop in Grafton Street, Dublin … More

Love Your Bookshop Day

I’m back in Dublin but I’m still cheering loudly for Australian bookshops! This Saturday, 12th August, is Love Your Bookshop Day in Australia. Bookshops across the country are throwing a party & you are all invited. Love Your Bookshop Day … More

A Memory From Home

I’ve just landed back in Dublin, as memories of my Dad & South Australian childhood are published in the Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in Melbourne today. You can read it online here.

Tour Highlight: Clare Railway Station

I loved every minute of my big Australian book tour but one special highlight for me was being back in my home place of the Clare Valley of South Australia and doing a talk at the Clare Town Hall (especially … More

Five Places That Made Me

My travel article about the five places that changed my life (the Clare Valley, London, Hanoi, New York & Ireland) is in The Age & Sydney Morning Herald today. You can read it online here.

Interview with Channel 7

I officially finished my Australian book tour in Melbourne with a fast and fun interview on Channel 7’s Daily Edition program – if you’d like to see it, here’s the link! And here’s a few photos from behind the scenes…

Number 1 Again!

I am very happy (and very touched) to see The Trip of a Lifetime in the number 1 spot in the Australian fiction bestseller lists again. Thank you all so much. My thanks to Better Reading too for their weekly updates!

The Audio Edition of The Trip of a Lifetime

Do any of you like to listen to audio books? I’m delighted to say the audio edition of The Trip of a Lifetime is now available from Bolinda Audio in Australia and New Zealand. It’s narrated by the very talented actor Ulli … More

At the Dymocks Book Conference

Greetings from the Gold Coast! I had one extra date on my Australian book tour, up in sunny Queensland, as a guest speaker at the Dymocks Books conference. My warmest/sunniest thanks to all the Dymocks folk for their great hospitality and welcome, … More

Australian Book Tour Photo Album: Part Five

My Australian book tour photo album #5. I’ve just had two action-packed days in Western Australia, on the final leg of my tour for The Trip of a Lifetime. Once again, my biggest thanks to the brilliant librarians and booksellers who … More

Interview with WYZA

My big thanks to journalist Lynne Testoni for her interview with me for – read it online here!

Australian Book Tour Photo Album: Part Four

My Australian book tour photo album #4. After a great time in Clare and Kadina, I finished my South Australian leg of the tour with two very fun events in Adelaide yesterday. Firstly, a brilliantly Irish-themed lunchtime event at the Burnside … More

The Trip of a Lifetime Goes to #1!

I am very happy indeed to share this tweet from my Australian literary agents, Curtis Brown. Thank you all SO much for giving The Trip of a Lifetime (and me) such a very warm welcome in Australia.

The Secrets of My Bookshelves

My Dublin bookshelves, photos and all! My big thanks to writer Maureen Eppen for asking me to be part of her Shelf Awareness Q&A. You can read all about my bookshelves and my books here on her blog.

24 Hours In Tassie

I’ve just had a fast and flying trip to beautiful Hobart as part of my Trip of a Lifetime book tour. It always feels special to be back in Tasmania – Hobart is where I wrote my first short stories … More

Australian Book Tour Photo Diary: Part Two

Thanks so much to everyone who came to my events this past week in Twin Waters and Helensvale in Queensland; Canberra, Mount Gambier, Warrnambool, Torquay and Hawthorn in Melbourne. I’ve loved getting to meet and talk to so many of … More

Number 1 in Australian Bookshops

I was very happy and touched today to hear the news that The Trip of a Lifetime has started popping up in the Number 1 bestseller spot in different bookshops around Australia. Thank you all SO much for giving it (and … More

The Trip of a Lifetime Photo Album

Would you like to take a look inside my Trip of a Lifetime photo album? You can take a behind-the-scenes look at my writing life with my photo album from writing and researching The Trip of a Lifetime. It’s up on … More

My Australian Tour Photo Album… Part One!

Thanks so much to all the (very lovely) readers who came to my first seven events in NSW & QLD (in Sydney, Hornsby, Balmoral Beach, Rouse Hill, Penrith, Camden and Noosa) and to all the great people at Better Reading … More

Better Reading Reviews “The Trip of a Lifetime”

I’m delighted (and relieved!) to share this lovely first Australian review of The Trip of a Lifetime – thank you so much, Better Reading, you have put a spring in my book-tour-step today! Read the review here.

Start Reading The Trip of a Lifetime

I’m delighted to say that today is the official publication date for The Trip of a Lifetime in Australia and New Zealand, and also the first day of my July book tour. I’m very happy to be back home again. … More

Curl Up with the Quinlans reading weekend

To celebrate the release of my new book, The Trip of a Lifetime (out 3 July), I’m delighted to announce a special ‘Curl Up with the Quinlans’ reading weekend on Facebook. To join me, make sure you have your copy … More

My first copy arrives in Dublin

My first copy of The Trip of a Lifetime has arrived in Dublin, hot off the press in Australia! Thanks so much to my publishers Penguin Books Australia, I’m thrilled to see it. I hope all of you in Australia … More

The Trip of a Lifetime hot off the press!

A very exciting photo appeared in my email in-box this morning in Dublin: the first copies of The Trip of a Lifetime, hot off the press in Australia! My big thanks to these two wonderful women, my Penguin Random House … More

July tour & Adelaide event details

A message for my Adelaide friends 🙂 The venue for my evening talk with Dymocks on Wednesday 19 July has now been confirmed – I’ll be at the beautiful Institute Building at the State Library of South Australia at 6pm. … More

A noisy necklace + missed flight = Lola’s Secret

My novel Lola’s Secret is the second of my books featuring Lola Quinlan and her family. Its arrival came as a complete surprise to me, as I explained in this website post for my fellow Australian author Fleur McDonald in … More

The Alphabet Sisters cover stories

My forthcoming novel The Trip of a Lifetime is the third of my novels to feature Lola Quinlan and her family (though I promise it is a standalone story if you haven’t read the earlier ones.) The first Quinlan family … More

The Trip of a Lifetime July tour

My big thanks to the booksellers & librarians around Australia who are already promoting the talks & events I’ll be doing during my July tour for my new novel The Trip of a Lifetime. The details of all 24 events … More

The Quinlan family tree

Penguin Books Australia have started the countdown to The Trip of a Lifetime with this great animation of the Quinlan family tree. I’m counting down too! Watch the family tree animation over on my Facebook page. This book reunites readers … More

Announcing my July tour!

I’m delighted to be able to share this link to the Events page, with the details of my July Australian book tour for The Trip of a Lifetime. I’ll be visiting and giving talks about my books and writing in … More

New look Quinlan covers

It’s now just nine weeks until my latest novel The Trip of a Lifetime is published in Australia and NZ. Yesterday I was thrilled to receive advance copies of the new editions of my two earlier novels also featuring Lola … More

My cover comes to life

My beautiful new book cover has come to life over on Instagram! Thank you so much for the clever animation, Penguin Random House Australia. The Trip of a Lifetime will be in bookshops in Australia & NZ in July, in … More

Australian Authors in the spotlight

I’m delighted to be talked about in this list of ‘Australian Authors Everyone’s Talking About‘. Thank you very much, Better Reading!


I’m thrilled to be able to emerge from my attic and – finally – share this news: my new novel, called THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME, will be published by Penguin Random House in Australia & New Zealand in July … More

Hello from the Gillespies in Latvia

Delighted to take delivery this morning of the Latvian hardback edition of Hello from the Gillespies. I’m even more pleased to see that not only have the title and text been translated, but my name too!

A County Meath Talk

A warm invitation to any of you in or near County Meath here in Ireland – I’m giving a talk about books, writing and my love of libraries in the Oldcastle Library on Thursday 23rd February at 7.30 pm. I’ll … More

Bonjour to the Gillespies

Bonjour to the Gillespies! The French edition of Hello from the Gillespies will be published in France by Milady Litté on January 20, 2017.

Flying trip home to South Australia

My warmest thanks to Margie and Sharon of Meg’s Bookshop in the Clare Valley of South Australia for hosting my book-signing in November during my flying trip home. Big thanks to everyone who dropped by to say hello too, including … More

Creative Writing Workshop with Monica

I’m delighted to be part of the terrific Dalkey Creates writing festival in County Dublin this October. I’ll be running a two day workshop on Sat 15 & Sun 16 October, called Creative Writing: Absolute Beginners. Here’s the info from … More

The Railway Sisters

My Alphabet Sisters have been for a jaunt on a Melbourne train – thank you Books on the Railway and happy reading to Nicosmarty who found them.

Salisbury Event

Hello to all of you in or around the Salisbury area in South Australia. I hope you’ll come and join in our discussion about Hello from the Gillespies next month! Salisbury Library Service say: Our One Book One Salisbury Author … More

A Seminar with the ASA

I’m very happy to be part of a new series of writing seminars via video conference, ‘Creators on Craft’, organised by the Australian Society of Authors. I’ll be presenting a session on getting to know your characters on Friday 24 … More

Pride comes before a fall…

It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you are in Bath on your way to the Jane Austen Centre and trip over a cobblestone and land on your outstretched right hand, you will break your wrist and spend the … More

Supporting Australian storytellers

There is serious worry within the Australian book industry about a new proposal to remove Australian copyright protection. This move would affect not just authors and publishers, but readers too. If you’d like to help support Australian storytellers or want … More

Bedside Reading

I think my bedside reading pile is getting out of hand.  

In Conversation with Geraldine Doogue

It was my big pleasure and honour to talk to renowned Australian journalist Geraldine Doogue here in Dublin for her SaturdayExtra program on ABC Radio National. We recorded a segment in St Stephen’s Green about the role of women during the … More

Dymocks Top 101: Hello from the Gillespies

I’m delighted to see Hello from the Gillespies in this year’s Dymocks Books’ Top 101 poll in Australia. Thank you all very much for your votes.

Australia’s Favourite Authors

I’m very happy (and very touched) to be named at no. 5 in Booktopia‘s poll listing Australia’s 50 Favourite Authors. Thanks so much for all your votes, and big thanks to Booktopia for their great support of Australian authors too.…/australias-favourite-author…/

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all from the beautiful, stormy west of Ireland. I spent the final day of the year in Connemara in County Galway, driving past mountains and lakes, in rain and sunshine, under grey and then blue … More

Merry Christmas from Dublin

Merry Christmas from Dublin, everyone. Thanks so much for all your great messages and comments throughout the year. Have a safe and happy festive break, and warmest wishes – and happy reading – until we talk again in 2016. Monica … More

Australian Christmases

For anyone else homesick for Australia (or family) this Christmas – a beautiful article from The Toast website written by my beautiful niece Mikaella Clements. Signed, A Proud Aunt…/a-guide-to-missing-australian-chris…/

A Cooler Christmas…

Cooling thoughts to all of you currently sweltering in Australia. I hope you all get some relief soon, and stay safe from the bush fires. Here’s a cool, snowy photo taken in County Mayo last week – one of the … More

Insight Into Audio: Part Two

Have you ever wondered what goes into making an audiobook? Read on, once again… Following my Q&A with Australian actor Ulli Birve, I’m very happy to welcome another narrator of my audiobooks, Catie Milte, to my page today. I also … More

Insight Into Audio

Have you ever wondered what goes into making an audiobook? Read on! It’s my big pleasure to welcome Australian actor Ulli Birve to my page today to share her insights into the narration of audio books. More than thirty years … More

The Gillespies in Germany

Guten Tag to the Gillespies! A treat in the post today – my author copies of the beautiful German edition of Hello from the Gillespies, translated by Astrid Mania and published in Germany this week. The new title translates as … More

The Gillespies in Latvia

Hello to the Latvian Gillespies! I’m delighted to share this cover image of the Latvian edition of Hello from the Gillespies, just published there by Riga-based publisher Kontinents. The title translates to The Valley of Love and my name translates … More

A character comes to life…

Last week I was back in Cobh, County Cork, one of the settings for Hello from the Gillespies. Today, I’m delighted to share photos of not just another setting, but an actual character from the book: Margie Arnold of Meg’s … More

An Evening in Cobh

My warmest thanks to everyone who came along to Cobh Library in County Cork on Friday night for my Culture Night talk about Hello from the Gillespies. It was so lovely to meet you all and chat about books, reading … More

Hello from the Gillespies in Australia’s Top 100 Books

I’m delighted to see Hello from the Gillespies listed among Australia’s Top 100 Books, as voted by book lovers in the Better Reading poll announced this week. Thank you all so much for your votes!

Indigenous Literacy Day

Happy Indigenous Literacy Day to all of you in Australia. Putting books into the hands of families in remote communities, running story writing workshops, and publishing the stories of young Indigenous authors are all part of the great work done … More

A surprise around the world…

My big thanks to Helen Treloar-Jacobson for sending me this photo and message – it’s so great to see it from the other side of the world. “Look what I found at Melbourne domestic airport tonight! Then saw three people … More

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

Happy Middle Child’s Day

Warm greetings to any fellow middle children (I’m the middle of seven) who know how it feels to occupy that important/overlooked/ignored position in the family. I’d be celebrating but no one else in my family seems to have remembered… Sigh. … 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