Monica McInerney

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book | Fiction | Sep 2020
ANZ → Penguin (Ed. Nikki Christer)
UK → Welbeck (Ed. Jon Elek)

Eliza Spencer grew up as the only daughter of a troubled single mother, Jeannie, but with the constant support of two watchful godmothers, Olivia and Maxie. Despite her tricky childhood, she always felt loved and secure. Until, three weeks before her eighteenth birthday, the tragic death of her mother changed everything.

Twelve years on, Eliza is deliberately living a life as safe and uneventful as possible – avoiding close relationships and devoting herself to her job. Then, one hot January day, it all comes undone. An unexpected invitation from her godmothers, now both based in the UK, prompts a leap into the unknown.

Within a fortnight, Eliza has swapped her predictable routine in Melbourne for life in the middle of a complicated family in Edinburgh. She accepts a new job offer (when no one else will take it) and finds herself working as personal assistant to the most bad-tempered elderly woman she’s ever met. There’s no such thing as an ordinary day any more. And just for good measure, her employer’s two adult grandsons are stirring up trouble too.

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 with all that Eliza discovers.

Set in Australia, Scotland and Ireland, The Godmothers is a story about love, loss, hope and sorrow, about the families we are born in to and the families we make for ourselves.


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