Book of the Week: ‘Trip of a Lifetime’ by Monica McInerney

Book of the Week: ‘Trip of a Lifetime’ by Monica McInerney

xthe-trip-of-a-lifetime.jpg.pagespeed.ic.JGY1p-ZwZ4 (1)Why we love it: Hugely anticipated, Monica McInerney’s latest novel The Trip of a Lifetime has just hit bookshelves all across Australia, and its bittersweet, life-affirming story is a see-saw of emotion – you’ll be laughing in one breath, crying in the next.

If you don’t already know the Quinlans, then get ready to befriend an eccentric, surprising, and unwieldy family. Although The Trip of a Lifetime is a standalone piece of fiction, if you’re itching for more by the end you can read Lola’s Secret and The Alphabet Sisters – as all three books are based around the same characters.

The Australian-born writer has continued the Quinlans’ larger-than-life legacy, and the layers of drama and tension, submerged just beneath the surface, are at turns hilarious, explosive, and big-hearted.

85-year-old Lola Quinlan, head of the family, decides it’s time to embark on a journey to Kildare, Ireland, her homeland, for the first time in more than sixty years. Despite her close relationship with her granddaughters, Bett and Carrie, and son Jim, she’s withheld the details of her past, and twisted those she couldn’t hide away. But now she’s ready to face her past and keep a secret promise she made all those years ago.

MonicaMcInerney_Announcement_1200x1200As Lola, Bett and Lola’s great-granddaughter Ellen join Lola on her overseas adventure, a TV series starts filming in their wine region community, in Clare Valley, Adelaide, sparking widespread excitement. Carrie is offered a major opportunity to cover the biggest entertainment news stories to hit the town, with chaos ensuing and bringing an amusing side story to the novel.

But the family’s matriarch is the most fascinating evolution in the book – someone so loud, yet so quiet. What is she searching for on the other side of the world? And, more importantly, who?

Once you meet the Quinlans, there’s no turning back: The Trip of a Lifetime will quench the thirst of fans waiting for another instalment, and inspire a new obsession for those who are just getting to know them. If you haven’t discovered McInerney yet, now is the time to do so.

Monica McInerney is the author of the internationally bestselling novels A Taste for ItUpside Down Inside OutSpin the BottleThe Alphabet SistersFamily BaggageThose Faraday GirlsAt Home with the TempletonsLola’s SecretThe House of MemoriesHello From the Gillespies, and the short story collection, All Together NowThose Faraday Girls was the winner of the General Fiction Industry Awards. In 2006 Monica was the ambassador for the Australian Government initiative Books Alive, with her novella Odd One Out. Monica grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley of South Australia and has been living between Australia and Ireland for more than twenty years. She and her husband currently live in Dublin.

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                      Publisher details

                      The Trip of a Lifetime
                      Author
                      Monica McInerney
                      Publisher
                      Penguin
                      Genre
                      Fiction
                      Released
                      03 July, 2017

                      Synopsis

                      The long-awaited and highly anticipated new novel from one of Australia’s most beloved bestselling authors.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?Meanwhile, back home in the Clare Valley, the arrival of a TV company filming a murder mystery set in the wine-making world has sent the locals into a spin. Who is the mystery scriptwriter? And how did he or she find out all their secrets?The highly anticipated new blockbuster novel from the beloved author of The Alphabet Sisters and Lola's Secret, this is a rich and highly entertaining story about family, love, lies and memories, and the true meaning of 'home'.About the authorOne of the stars of Australian fiction, Monica McInerney is the author of the internationally bestselling novels, A Taste for It, Upside Down Inside Out, Spin the Bottle, The Alphabet Sisters, Family Baggage, Those Faraday Girls and At Home with the Templetons. Those Faraday Girls was the winner of the General Fiction Book of the Year at the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards. Her collection of short fiction, All Together Now, was shortlisted for the same award in 2009. At Home with the Templetons was shortlisted in the Popular Fiction category of the 2010 Irish Book Awards and in the Romantic Elements category of the 2011 Australian Romantic Book of the Year Awards. In 2006 she was the ambassador for the Australian Government initiative Books Alive, with her novella Odd One Out. Her new novel, Lola's Secret, was published in October 2011.Monica grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley of South Australia and has been living between Australia and Ireland for twenty years. She and her Irish husband currently live in Dublin.
                      Monica McInerney
                      About the author

                      Monica McInerney

                      One of the stars of Australian fiction, Monica McInerney is the author of the internationally bestselling novels A Taste for ItUpside Down Inside OutSpin the BottleThe Alphabet SistersFamily BaggageThose Faraday Girls, At Home with the Templetons, Lola's Secret, The House of Memories and a short story collection, All Together Now.Those Faraday Girls was the winner of the General Fiction Book of the Year prize at the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards. In 2006 Monica was the ambassador for the Australian Government initiative Books Alive, with her novella Odd One Out.Monica grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley of South Australia and has been living between Australia and Ireland for twenty years. She and her Irish husband currently live in Dublin.

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                      1. Vivienne Beddoe says:

                        I thought one of the interesting factors was Jim’s wife’s reaction to Lola and Lola’s position in the family.