Hello from the Gillespies – funny and heartfelt novel about miscommunication and mayhem in a family

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Published:24/09/2014
Format:Paperback, 528 pages
ISBN-13:9781921901812
ISBN-10:1921901810
Origin:Australia
Imprint:Michael Joseph
Publisher:Penguin Aus.

International number one bestseller Monica McInerney brings us a sparkling and hilarious new novel about the ups and downs of family life.

For more than thirty years, Angela Gillespie has sent friends and family around the world an end-of-year letter titled ‘Hello from the Gillespies’. It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises everyone including herself – she tells the truth . . .

The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Her husband seems to be having a mid-life crisis. Her grown-up twins are having career meltdowns. Her third daughter, badly in debt, can’t stop crying. And her ten-year-old son spends more time talking to his imaginary friend than to real ones.

With fantasy thoughts of a life before marriage and motherhood becoming more than just an innocent daydream, Angela’s real life is slowly slipping out of focus. But, as the repercussions of her ruthlessly honest letter begin to pile up, a shocking event takes Angela from her family, and she realises she should have been more careful of what she wished for… Without Angela, the family would fall apart. But when Angela is taken from them in this most unexpected manner, the Gillespies pull together – and pull themselves together – in wonderfully surprising ways . . .

From the bestselling author of The House of Memories comes a funny and heartfelt novel about miscommunication and mayhem in a family like no other.

About the Author

Australian-born Dublin-based Monica McInerney is the author of nine novels, including the best-sellers The House of Memories, Lola’s Secret, At Home with the Templetons and Those Faraday Girls, which are published across the world. Monica grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley wine region of South Australia. Since then Monica has lived all around Australia, in Ireland, and in London. She and her Irish husband move back and forth between Australia and Ireland.

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