Monica McInerney: The Godmothers

Monica-McInerney-The-GodmothersSet between a luxurious hotel in Edinburgh, an Irish town in the shadow of a castle, country Australia and beyond, Monica McInerney’s The Godmothers is a stunning new story about loss and discovery.

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, now based in the UK, 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 anymore. Yet, amidst the chaos, Eliza begins to blossom. She finds herself not only hopeful about the future, but ready to explore her past.

Her godmothers have long been waiting for her to ask about her mother’s mysterious life – and about the identity of the father she has never known. But even they are taken by surprise will all that Eliza discovers.

The Godmothers is the highly anticipated twelfth novel from one of Australia’s most cherised authors; a new standalone drama brimming with heart and endearing characters. McInerney tells a beautiful and touching story full of intrigue about finding love, family and belonging in unexpected places.

One of the stars of Australian fiction, Monica McInerney is the author of the internationally bestselling novels A Taste for It, Upside Down Inside Out, Spin the Bottle, The Alphabet Sisters, Family Baggage, Those Faraday Girls, At Home with the Templetons, Lola’s Secret, The House of Memories, The Trip of a Lifetime and a short story collection, All Together Now. Those Faraday Girls was the winner of the General Fiction Book of the Year prize at the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards.

In 2006 Monica was the ambassador for the Australian Government initiative Books Alive, with her novella Odd One Out. Monica grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley of South Australia and has been living between Australia and Ireland for twenty years. She and her Irish husband currently live in Dublin.


The Godmothers is published by Penguin Books Australia (Michael Joseph) and available from all leading book sellers including Booktopia.

Image: The Godmothers – courtesy of Penguin Books Australia

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