Hello to a new Hello from the Gillespies

Hello to 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 … 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….