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

Format:Paperback, 528 pages
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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Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in nearly a decade


Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
ISBN: 030727103X
Published: 3 March 2015

This is an extraordinary new novel from the author of “Never Let Me Go” and the Booker Prize-winning “The Remains of the Day.

“You’ve long set your heart against it, Axl, I know. But it’s time now to think on it anew. There’s a journey we must go on, and no more delay . . .”

“The Buried Giant” begins as a couple set off across a troubled land of mist and rain in the hope of finding a son they have not seen in years. Sometimes savage, often intensely moving, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first novel in nearly a decade is about lost memories, love, revenge, and war.

“Kazuo Ishiguro is an original and remarkable genius”. (The New York Times).
“A master craftsman”. (Margaret Atwood, Slate).
“The best and most original writer of his generation”. (Susan Hill, Mail on Sunday).

About the Author
KAZUO ISHIGURO’s seven previous books have won him wide renown and numerous honors. His work has been translated into more than forty languages. Both “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go “have more than 1,000,000 copies in print across platforms, and both were adapted into highly acclaimed films.

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Aussie author wins Man Booker!

Australian author Richard Flanagan has won the Man Booker Prize for 2014!


The Narrow Road to the Deep North is described by the judges as “a magnificent novel of love and war”.

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A skeptic’s search for magic, one faery at a time.


In search of something to believe in again, Signe Pike left behind a career in Manhattan to undertake a magical journey-literally.

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Your master class in the art of persuasion, taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill.


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The latest from George R.R. Martin

dangerous_women This first volume features an original 35,000 word novella by George R.R. Martin.’The Princess and the Queen’ reveals the origins of the civil war in Westeros (before the events in A Game of Thrones), which is known as the Dance of the Dragons, pitting Targaryen against Targaryen and dragon against dragon. Other authors in this volume of warriors, bad girls and dragonriders include worldwide bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson, Lawrence Block and Nancy Kress. Read more here >>> http://bit.ly/1v2v027

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Ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living from Brene Brown


I love Brene Brown – her presentation style, her meticulous research, and her constant reassurance.

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A Witch’s Aura

I recently received a request to review this book … and am so glad I accepted. I just couldn’t put it down!! If you have a teenager in the house, or if you would enjoy coming-of-age witchery combined with the story an age-old family feud, then check out “Witch’s Aura” …

witchs_auraA Witch’s Aura

Devon Volkel

When Shayde Gamic reaches her sixteenth birthday a family secret is revealed to her that both explains and complicates her life. Things that have seemed strange all her life begin to make sense and she embraces this new knowledge wholeheartedly. Her only regret being that this knowledge may threaten her burgeoning relationship with seventeen-year-old Kruise Wright.

As their relationship develops, Shayde struggles to decide how to reveal her true nature, unaware that the effect of this revelation will be more momentous and potentially devastating than she ever imagined. Can she uphold the destiny bestowed on her by her ancestors, or will her love for Kruise ultimately destroy her?

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Create the life you desire, find fulfillment and harness the power within – Life love tarot

Live Love Tarot

Dawn Alice

Life Love Tarot

Create the life you desire, find fulfilment and harness the power within.

From birth to death, Dawn Alice gives an insightful and daring look into numerous social and family issues; tackling discrimination, fear, ignorance and religion in a provocative manner – outraging the prejudiced and stimulating the liberated.

LIFE, LOVE, TAROT celebrates life through positive affirmations, meditations, creative exercises, fictitious story examples and real life experiences. => http://bit.ly/1aMI6W6

Kate Atkinson at her absolute best – “Life after life”

Life after life

Life after life

Kate Atkinson

On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war. => http://bit.ly/178CEbo