Hello from the Gillespies

Hello from the Gillespies : Get ready for Christmas with this feel-good festive read

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Get in the mood for Christmas with a hilarious and heart-warming festive novel - it's time to meet the Gillespies!

'A gloriously heart-warming book you totally lose yourself in' CATHY KELLY

Angela Gillespie's annual Christmas letter has always been full of her family's triumphs.

But this year she surprises everyone, including herself - because she tells the truth . . .

Angela's husband is in the throes of a mid-life crisis. Her daughters are more out of control than ever. And her youngest child spends all of his time talking to an imaginary friend.

And as the repercussions of her ruthlessly honest letter begin to pile up, a shocking event takes Angela from her family, and she realises that perhaps she should have been more careful of what she wished for . . .

'Heartwarming but emotional, I laughed out loud' 5***** reader review

'Thoroughly enjoyable' 5***** reader review

'I loved this book, every single page of it!' 5***** reader review

'Joyful' 5***** reader review

'A real-page turner' 5***** reader review

'Absorbing story, beautifully written' 5***** reader review
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Product details

  • Paperback | 528 pages
  • 129 x 199 x 34mm | 366g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1405914157
  • 9781405914154
  • 23,259

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Such a brilliant 'what if' idea. A gloriously heart-warming book you totally lose yourself in Cathy Kelly
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Such a brilliant 'what if' idea. A gloriously heart-warming book you totally lose yourself in -- Cathy Kelly Praise for Monica McInerney * - * An expert at portraying the nuances and complications of family life * Red * You'll be laughing out loud one minute and crying the next * Cosmopolitan * Brings Maeve Binchy readily to mind * Sydney Morning Herald * McInerney writes with a deep respect for her characters. A book written with humour and charm * Kirkus * A Christmas novel that you can't bear to put down * Manly Daily, Australia * McInerney is a master of the family drama * The Advertiser, South Australia * With deeply developed characters who will capture the heart and a plot that knows just when to twist, McInerney's novel is worth every page * RT Book Reviews *
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About Monica McInerney

Australian-born Dublin-based Monica McInerney is the internationally best-selling author of 11 novels. Monica grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley wine region of South Australia. Since then she has lived all around Australia, in Ireland and in London and has also travelled widely. For the past 20 years Monica and her Irish husband have been moving back and forth between Australia and Ireland. They currently live in Dublin.
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From an ARC kindly provided by TheReadingRoom and Penguin. Hello From The Gillespies is the 10th full-length novel by Australian author, Monica McInerney. The annual Christmas Letter: who hasn't ever received one (or perhaps sent one themselves)? Angela Gillespie has been religiously sending one out every December 1st for 33 years. She regards her Christmas Letters as Historical Documents, a concept that is bears some merit. But for the Gillespies, this year has been (to borrow a famously royal term) an "annus horribilis". A combination of factors (a five-month long headache, the impending return home of her twin daughters, the threatened stay of interfering Aunt Celia, the imminent hosting of two hundred neighbours for the district annual Woolshed party, the preamble to Christmas) coupled with an emergency trip to hospital to reunite her young son with his finger, mean that the version of Angela's letter that is accidentally sent to one hundred email recipients is not her usual upbeat missive, but a searingly honest account of her family's year. It is a letter that details the state of disarray of the lives of her four children, her worries about her husband and her doubts about her marriage, her opinion of her husband's aunt, her frustrated pottery ambitions, her thoughts on the life she might have led. McInerney gives the reader an original plot with a few twists, some of which are predictable, but this does not detract from the reading pleasure. Her characters that are familiar and easily recognisable. Even the nasty ones are people we have all run into: many of us have an Aunt Celia or a Horrible Jane somewhere in our lives. And don't we all wish we had a good friend like Joan? The dialogue is completely natural and McInerney conjures the feel of the dusty outback in all its moods with consummate ease. The story manages to touch on a myriad of topics: mining leases in rural lands; celebrity gossip; succession plans for farming families; celebrity scandals; novelty websites; internet scams; depression in country males; diversification of activities for extra income; family reunions; genealogy; the bond between twins; imaginary friends and fantasy lives. The pieces on amnesia and confabulation are interesting and informative. Readers will find themselves constantly chuckling, often laughing out loud but occasionally also moved to tears or with a large lump in the throat. Reading this book in a public place may garner some funny looks. Fans of McInerney's work know that stories about families are her strength; they will once again be delighted with this entertaining and heart-warming tale.show more
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