Culture Street

By Sophia Whitfield

Hello from the Gillespies is a heartfelt family drama from bestselling author Monica McInerney.

Angela Gillespie sends out her Christmas newsletter to one hundred of her friends and family every year on 1 December. After her youngest son has an accident and she has to rush him to hospital, her husband Nick sees her newsletter open on the computer and decides to keep with tradition by sending it out on behalf of his wife at exactly midnight.

Every year her newsletter is full of the stories of life on their property in South Australia. She gives details of her childrenís lives and their recent accolades. Lately life hasnít been quite as easy as she had hoped. Her twin daughters, both in their early thirties, have had their private lives unceremoniously unveiled in the media. Her daughter Lindy is debt ridden and youngest son Ig has invented an imaginary friend to keep him company. The three daughters have all returned home for Christmas.

With her family is disarray, Angela is unsure how to begin her annual Christmas newsletter. She decides for once to be honest. It is a cathartic exercise to get the worst of the dramas off her chest. She never meant for the newsletter to be sent. Her children all arrive home just after the newsletter has been sent and just before the neighbourhood party the Gillespies are about to throw. No one is looking forward to the party.

McInerney is a masterful storyteller with a perceptive understanding of family drama. Hello from the Gillespies is a fantastic read, packed full of lovable characters.

You Might Also Like

Books

Kate Belle selects Five Books of Influence

Kate Belle lives, writes and loves in Melbourne, but is a country girl at heart, being born and bred in northern Victoria. She is a woman of many passions, including...

On July 8, 2014

Books

Thrilling Reads To Keep You On the Edge Of Your Seat

[caption id="attachment_18391" align="aligncenter" width="219"] All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

On July 18, 2016

Books

Ian McEwan's Sweet Tooth will be released next week!

There has been much speculation surrounding the delay of Baz Luhrmannís The Great Gatsby. Vulture managed to catch up with Luhrmann for the inside scoop on the reason behind the...

On August 17, 2012
 

Books

Mister Owitaís Guide to Gardening

By Sophia Whitfield

On March 24, 2014

Books

Eight new Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups to be released

There are eight new books being released this week in the hilarious Ladybird series for Grown-Ups. The series takes a humorous look at the difficulties of being an adult today.

On October 20, 2016

Books

Where My Heart Used To Beat by Sebastian Faulks

By Sophia Whitfield

On October 16, 2015
 
Copyright © 2012 - 2020 Culture Street
Contact: info@culturestreet.com.au