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Family Surprises: Monica McInerney

December 29, 2017

Monica McInerneyBorn: In the Clare Valley, a wine region of South Australia.

Childhood: Grew up in a family of seven children. Her father was the railway station master, her mother worked in the local library.

Best known for: Hello from the Gillespies, Those Faraday Girls, The Alphabet Sisters.

Most recent book: The Trip of a Lifetime. At the age of 85, Lola Quinlan is going home, travelling to Ireland for the first time since she emigrated to Australia as a twenty-year-old. What – and who – will be waiting for her there, alongside her memories?

How many books published: 15

How she became a writer: Monica had always wanted to write and when she was between jobs, living in Hobart, she started writing short stories for magazines. Monica came runner-up in a ‘write a bestseller’ competition organised by Marian Keyes’ Irish publisher, Poolbeg and as a result, was offered a three-book contract. Her debut novel, A Taste For It, was published in 2001.

Star Sign: Aries

Quotable quotes: ‘No matter where we live, we’ve all been through the joy and the grief, and the ties and tensions of family life.’

Interests: Cooking, reading, long walks, photography. (She often posts photo galleries on her Facebook page.)

Did you know? On Monica’s mother’s side, the family were all great musicians who arrived from Ireland via ship in Australia with very few clothes but a great number of musical instruments. Her father’s grandfather, a political activist forced to go into hiding, had two choices: go to jail or emigrate.

Favourite Book: She has dozens of favourites, but currently it’s Elizabeth Strout’s Olive Kitteridge.

Likes: Salty things. Cats.

Dislikes: The sound of revving engines. Racism. Unkindness.


Comments

  1. Margaret Majury

    Hi Monica as you know I have all your books and I think you are the best Author in Australia and Ireland too , Always waiting eagerly for your next book .
    Wishing you all the best for the future both to you and John,
    Best wishes
    Margaret Majury

  2. Josephine Molyneux

    Love your books. When I read them I become one of your characters. They are so realistic and love snuggling up reading your books. Never knew you came from South Australia. Discovered your books whilst living in London. Your books became an escape from marking copious essays. Must purchase your latest book.
    Yes I think you are my older sister in a past life. Far too many similarities. Indeed, a natural and talented writer. Warm greetings. Josephine from Adelaide.

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