At Home with the Templetons

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Penguin Books, 2010 - Country life - 593 pages

Other people's families aren't as perfect as they seem

When the Templeton family from England takes up residence in a stately home in country Australia, they set the locals talking - and with good reason. From the outside, the seven Templetons seem so bohemian, unusual... peculiar even.

No one is more intrigued by the family than their neighbours, single mother Nina Donovan and her young son Tom. Before long, the two families' lives become entwined in unexpected ways, to the delight of Gracie, the sweetest of the Templeton children.

In the years that follow, the relationships between the Templetons and the two Donovans twist and turn in unpredictable and life-changing directions, until a tragedy tears them all apart. What will it take to bring them together again?

From Australia's top-selling female novelist comes her best book yet - a wonderfully entertaining and touching story about the perils and pleasures of love, friendship and family.

'So perfect is this book for beach-holiday reading that copies are fated to return home with grains of sand lodged in the pages. Classic McInerney . . . the plot keeps up an involving pace, while McInerney's perceptive writing about change and betrayal in friendships and families provides the substance.' Gleebooks Newsletter

'If you need more proof what a superior storyteller this South Australian-raised author is, here it is.' Stephanie Pegler, West Australian

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User Review  - KarenLeeField - LibraryThing

I have read one other book by this author. It was some years ago, and whilst it was okay it didn't make me run out and buy more books by her. This one was given to me by a dear friend. My friend often ... Read full review

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User Review  - bookmagic - LibraryThing

The Templetons are the odd family in a small town in Australia. Nina is their neighbor, who has been trying to avoid contact with them, which becomes impossible once her young son Tom and the ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

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.

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