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  • Published: 29 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760899738
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 10 hr 34 min
  • Narrator: Nikki Shiels, Ella Scott Lynch, Annie Maynard
  • RRP: $29.99

The Godmothers




The highly anticipated new family drama from one of Australia's most beloved authors.

‘I don’t want two wishy-washy godmothers,’ Jeannie had said that afternoon in the country hospital when Eliza was only a day old. ‘No dolls. No pink dresses. Just lots of adventures. Lots of spoiling. The pair of you like two mighty warriors protecting her at every step.’


Eliza Miller grew up in Australia as the only daughter of a troubled young mother, but with the constant support of two watchful godmothers, Olivia and Maxie. Despite her tricky childhood, she always felt loved and secure. Until, just before her eighteenth birthday, a tragic event changed her life.

Thirteen years on, Eliza is deliberately living as safely as possible, avoiding close relationships and devoting herself to her job. Out of the blue, an enticing invitation from one of her godmothers prompts a leap into the unknown.

Within a fortnight, Eliza finds herself in the middle of a complicated family in Edinburgh. There’s no such thing as an ordinary day any more. Yet, amidst the chaos, Eliza begins to blossom. She finds herself not only hopeful about the future, but ready to explore her past, including the biggest mystery of all – who is her father?

Set in Australia, Scotland, Ireland and England, THE GODMOTHERS is a great big hug of a book that will fill your heart to bursting. It is a moving and perceptive story about love, lies, hope and sorrow, about the families we are born into and the families we make for ourselves.

  • Published: 29 September 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760899738
  • Imprint: Penguin Random House Australia Audio
  • Format: Audio Download
  • Length: 10 hr 34 min
  • Narrator: Nikki Shiels, Ella Scott Lynch, Annie Maynard
  • RRP: $29.99

About the author

Monica McInerney

One of the stars of Australian fiction, Monica is the author of 13 internationally bestselling books for adults, including most recently The Godmothers, shortlisted for the 2021 ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year. Monica grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley of South Australia and has 18 nieces and nephews who are her inspiration for many more Marcie Gill adventures to come. She and her Irish husband have been living between Australia and Ireland for thirty years. They currently live in Australia.

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Awards & recognition

ABIA

Longlisted  •  2021  •  General Fiction

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