The Trip of a Life­time

Irish Independent - Weekend Review - - FRONT PAGE - JOHN MEAGHER

Mon­ica McIn­er­ney

Michael Joseph, 452 pages, €13.65

The Aus­tralian-born Dublin-based writer sets her lat­est novel in both her na­tive and adopted lands.

At the book’s cen­tre is 85-year-old Ir­ish-born Lola Quin­lan, who has long lived in one of Down Un­der’s great wine ter­ri­to­ries, the Clare Val­ley. A straighttalk­ing, much-loved ma­tri­arch, Lola has lived a life with plenty of well-kept se­crets.

When she de­cides to take her first trip back to Ire­land in seven decades, ac­com­pa­nied by her grand­daugh­ter Bett and Bett’s teenage niece Ellen, Lola’s hid­den past be­gins to emerge.

While the book is writ­ten in the up­beat style that McIn­er­ney’s ad­mir­ers are used to, it also tack­les sober­ing is­sues around grief and domestic vi­o­lence.

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