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.
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
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
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
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.
Hello again, Ireland!
Thank you VERY much, Catriona Rowntree, for taking my Trip of a Lifetime on a trip to beautiful France!
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
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.
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…
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!
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
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
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
My big thanks to journalist Lynne Testoni for her interview with me for WYZA.com.au – read it online here!
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
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.
Thanks so much to everyone who came to my hometown event in the Clare Town Hall last night and to my morning tea in Kadina today. I loved meeting and talking to so many of you. It was so great … More
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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 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! The French edition of Hello from the Gillespies will be published in France by Milady Litté on January 20, 2017.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
I think my bedside reading pile is getting out of hand.
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
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. https://www.dymocks.com.au/top-101
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. http://blog.booktopia.com.au/…/australias-favourite-author…/
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, 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
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 http://the-toast.net/…/a-guide-to-missing-australian-chris…/
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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! www.betterreading.com.au
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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! 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
A note about the blank pages in Hello from the Gillespies.
Thank you for voting me into Booktopia’s Top Ten Australian Authors!
A review from the Huffington Post for Hello from the Gillespies.
A visit to Navan, and memories of my dear friend Dympna.
Some news and reviews.
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
Here are lots of photos (and a long list of well-deserved thank yous!) from my Australian tour.
(Questions by Ellen Edwards, my editor at Penguin Random House in New York.) Hello from the Gillespies begins with a Christmas letter gone awry—how did this irresistible premise inspire the book? I’ve been fascinated by the idea of Christmas letters … More
A brief note to those reading Hello from the Gillespies.
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.
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…
Even eleven books on, it still feels so great to see the finished book for the first time…
Welcome to my new website. I hope you’ll enjoy looking around …
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.
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….
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.
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.
A beautiful new look for the Australian/New Zealand editions of my novels, available now as e-book and print-books.
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.
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.
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’…
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.
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…
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
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
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
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