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Author spotlight: Monica McInerney

Monica McInerney is a best-selling Australian-born, Dublin-based writer. In 2014, 2016, 2018 and 2019 Monica was voted into the top ten of Booktopia’s ‘Australia’s Favourite Novelist’ poll. Her 12th novel, ‘The Trip of a Lifetime’, was released in July 2017, and her books have been published in multiple countries and languages.

Monica McInerney with her twelve books
Monica McInerney with her twelve books

Monica grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley wine region of South Australia, where her father was the railway stationmaster and her mother worked in the local library. Since then Monica has lived in several Australian cities, as well as in Ireland and London.

A book publicist for ten years, Monica has also worked on events such as the Dublin International Writers’ Festival. She has previously worked as an event manager and organiser of tourism festivals, a freelance writer/editor, a record company press officer, a barmaid, grape picker and hotel cleaner; and in arts marketing, public relations and television production roles.

For more than 25 years, Monica and her Irish-born husband John have been moving back and forth between Australia and Ireland. They currently live in Dublin.

Monica’s published works include: ‘A Taste for It’ (2001), ‘Upside Down Inside Out’ (2002), ‘Spin the Bottle’ (2003), ‘Alphabet Sisters’ (2004), ‘Family Baggage’ (2005), ‘Odd One Out’ (2006), ‘Those Faraday Girls’ (2007), ‘All Together Now’ (2008), ‘At Home with the Templetons’ (2010), ‘Lola’s Secret’ (2011), ‘The House of Memories’ (2012), ‘The Christmas Gift’ (eBook novella) (2013), ‘Hello from the Gillespies’ (2014), and ‘The Trip of a Lifetime’ (2017)

Awards and nominations include: Australian Book Industry Awards, General Fiction Book of the Year for ‘Those Faraday Girls’ (2008), shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards, General Fiction Book of the Year for ‘All Together Now’ (2009), shortlisted for the Irish Book Awards, Popular Fiction for ‘At Home with the Templetons’ (2010), shortlisted for the Romantic Book of the Year Award for ‘At Home with the Templetons’ (2011), shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards, General Fiction Book of the Year for ‘At Home with the Templetons’ (2011), shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards, General Fiction Book of the Year for ‘Lola’s Secret’ (2012), and shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards, General Fiction Book of the Year for ‘The Trip of a Lifetime’ (2018).

Monica’s books are available at all three of our library branches.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monica_McInerney
Attribution: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

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Ken Lyons
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Light Regional Council Public Library Service

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