Set in Ireland, England and Australia, this is the funny and heartwarming story of two people whose lives are about to turn upside down and inside out. Eva is off to Australia on a break from her job in a Dublin delicatessen, hoping to forget a fizzled romance and find inspiration for a new career. Joseph is taking a holiday from his stressful London job. Each is on a search for some answers about life. Then something quite unexpected happens. They meet each other. Upside Down Inside Out is a novel about love, adventure, honesty and discovering that the person you've always wanted to be might just be the person you already are.
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(199mm x 129mm x 36mm)
Penguin Books Australia
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
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Book Review: Upside Down Inside Out by Monica Mclnerney - Reviewed by Jayne (24 May 2011)
I always enjoy McInerney's novels with it's nice mirage of Irish and Australian settings and quirky characters. In Upside Down Inside Out, Eva Kennedy is in a rut and leaves behind her mundane life in Ireland to visit her friend in Australia. I love how she shows Eva's experience of Australia as a tourist without stereotyping the locals. It’s helpful how the voice of Eva and Joseph are integrated throughout the story and I couldn’t wait for their paths to cross- despite its predictability, I really am sucker for romance and happy endings. As fan of McInerney's work I especially appreciated the little references to characters A Taste For It (another of her novels)- although they are both standalone novels. Eva’s persona is definitely entertaining and a little cringe-worthy at times where I was wondering when they would both finally just tell each other the truth! As always, McInerney provides an easy read, with likeable, well-developed characters and interesting storylines.
Author Biography - Monica Mclnerney
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 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. For further information go to monicamcinerney.com or connect with Monica on Facebook