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
A much loved friend of mine died earlier this year. She had cancer, but, even so, her death came as a shock. Once, I might have phoned my friends and family with the sad news, or even written a letter. … 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.
Read my article about Christmas mishaps in the Irish Independent here.
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
I was ten when I first read a Christmas round-robin letter. My eyes widened at the writer’s account of her family’s exam successes, sporting triumphs, job promotions and exotic holidays. Did such a perfect family exist? How were they able … 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
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
I’m very happy to share this news about my next book.
‘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
‘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
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
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 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!
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
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
“A modern-day Jane Austen” – some lovely words from Book Divas in this interview from the publication of Lola’s Secret:
“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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
This interview is available for download here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/lifematters/monica-mcinerney/4281670
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.
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
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 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
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.
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
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
Many thanks to Ben Falk of The Huffington Post UK edition for this interview about Lola’s Secret.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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