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  • Published: 3 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143786320
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464

The Trip of a Lifetime

The long-awaited and highly anticipated new novel from one of Australia’s most beloved bestselling authors.

‘I always thought memories were unchangeable. Set in stone, shaped by the years. But there are always others too, ones you haven’t let yourself remember . . . ’

The wilful and eccentric Lola Quinlan is off on the trip of a lifetime, taking her beloved granddaughter and great-granddaughter with her. More than sixty years after emigrating to Australia, she's keeping a secret promise to return to her Irish homeland.

But as she embarks on her journey, the flamboyant Lola is still hiding the hurtful reasons she left Ireland in the first place. What - and who - will be waiting for her on the other side of the world?

The Trip of a Lifetime is a big, bold, beautiful book about the light and dark times of life, and all the wonders in between. Moving from the Clare Valley of South Australia to the lush Irish countryside, this is a delightful, emotional story about a colourful and huge-hearted family that you'll want to call your own.

  • Published: 3 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143786320
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464

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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Praise for The Trip of a Lifetime

This heartwarming novel celebrates love, life, family, and the importance of letting go.

Yours magazine

The Trip of a Lifetime, a bright, bold book by Australian-born, Dublin-based writer Monica McInerney is a wonderful story about family, about relationships, about the good and bad times and about secrets and lies. But most of all it is about the true meaning of family and the true meaning of home.

Daily Mercury

A cosy read that will make you reflect on what being family means.

The House of Wellness

The Trip of a Lifetime ... addresses the delights and challenges of family relationships, with her trademark attention to detail and a keen understanding of the way the different generations think, speak and behave.

West Australian

Once you meet the Quinlans, there’s no turning back: The Trip of a Lifetime will quench the thirst of fans waiting for another instalment, and inspire a new obsession for those who are just getting to know them. If you haven’t discovered McInerney yet, now is the time to do so.

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Trip of a Lifetime notes

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