THE TRIP OF A LIFETIME

Monica McInerney Penguin Ransom House

Set in the Clare Valley of South Australia and the Irish countryside, this is a big, bold and beautiful novel of family, love and secrets, which explores the true meaning of home. The flamboyant 85-year-old Lola Quinlan is preparing for her first trip back to her Irish homeland since she emigrated to Australia 60 years ago. What will await her there is unexpected – not least to you the reader. To join her she has called on her beloved granddaughter and great-granddaughter. Bett Quinlan has young twins to look after, and the local newspaper, where she is editor, is on the rocks. This book will resonate across generations to anyone who has ever found their family exasperating. It explores themes of migration, ageing, travel, home, secrets, rifts, rivalries and reunions.