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Lisa Ireland
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Lisa Ireland

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After working for many years as a teacher (and a brief stint as a professional organiser – before Marie Kondo made it cool), Lisa Ireland is now a full-time writer.

Lisa lives with her husband in a small town in Gippsland, Victoria. When not writing, she spends her days mentoring aspiring authors, drinking coffee, and playing minion to her incredibly spoiled dog, Lulu.

The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan is Lisa's sixth novel. Her new novel, The One and Only Dolly Jamieson, will be published in January 2023.

Books by Lisa Ireland

The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan

The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan is a charming, nostalgic and heartwarming story for women of any age – and it all begins when 79-year-old Shirley kidnaps her husband from his nursing home for one final adventure . . .

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Antique love

How the discovery of a box of love letters inspired Lisa Ireland to write The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan.

Celebrating Mother's Day with Lisa Ireland

We’re celebrating Mother’s Day with Lisa Ireland! To purchase a copy of The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan, please go to this link https://www.penguin.com.au/books/the-secret-life-of-shirley-sullivan-9781760895594 Lisa Ireland is an Australian bestselling author, who lives on Victoria's Bellarine Peninsula with her husband and three (big) boys. She loves eating but not cooking, is an Olympic class procrastinator and (most importantly) minion to a rather large dog. The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan is her sixth novel.

The Secret Life of Shirley Sullivan book club notes

Cut loose like an octogenarian with Lisa Ireland’s heart-warming romp.