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Hello From the Gillespies

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  4,686 ratings  ·  762 reviews
For the past thirty-three years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled “Hello from the Gillespies.” It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself—she tells the truth....

The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Her husband is coping bad
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Published November 4th 2014 by NAL (first published September 1st 2014)
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Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On the first of December for the past thirty three years Angela Gillespies sits down to write her annual Christmas letter. Looking back over her diary, she recalls the main events that happened throughout the year. Angela includes things her husband and their four children did during the year and usually includes a few photos. As families grew and more friendships were made so did the mailing list. Angela now sends out one hundred copies of her letter to friends and family worldwide.

Normally Ang
May 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to rate this one because although I loved the main story and raced to the end to find out what was going to happen I felt that about 50% of the book consisted of extraneous matter. I wanted an old fashioned Editor with a very sharp red pencil to unleash their talents on it! I found all three of Angela's daughters immature - they were all around 30 years old for goodness sake and they behaved like teenagers. I kept wondering why not even one of them was married yet and why everyone thought i ...more
Dale Harcombe
Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four and a half stars
Monica McInerney did what she has always done , she sucked me right into this novel from the opening page when Angela sat down to write her annual Christmas letter. This time though, it ends up not being the usual chatty letter.
Monica McInerney immediately drew me into the lives of this family with Angela, Nick, their three daughters and much younger son, Ig. I found all three girls annoying as characters. I say girls, because though they are all around 30 they behave much
Oct 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a fantastic read set on an Australian outback sheep station. On 1st December every year Angela Gillespie sends out a newsletter email to everyone on her mailing list, keeping them up to date with the lives of her family. This year though, she can’t find anything positive to write about. Her husband Nick has become very distant, always on the computer arranging a large Gillespie family reunion. They don’t share anything any more, barely speaking to each other and she doesn’t know what wen ...more
Every year since Angela, a young English backpacker, married handsome station owner Nick Gillespie, she has sat down on 1st December to write her Christmas letter. You know the sort - full of good, cheerful news of the families doings and achievements with a couple of photos. But this year is different. She worries that her marriage is falling apart as Nick seems disinterested and they don't talk much anymore. She's also worried about her children Lindy who has come scurrying back home in debt a ...more
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Hello from the Gillespies is a wonderfully engaging story about an Australian ranching family that has been rocked by some hard times of late. The mother, Angela, is one of those who every year sends out the familiar Christmastime email letter, full of little white lies to make everything sound like it's grand. This year she is simply not in the mood for it, however, so plays at composing a truthful letter, telling about her daughters' affairs and career failures, the weirdness of her son, the p ...more
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(I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review)

"For the past thirty-three years, Angela Gillespie has sent to friends and family around the world an end-of-the-year letter titled “Hello from the Gillespies.” It’s always been cheery and full of good news. This year, Angela surprises herself—she tells the truth....

The Gillespies are far from the perfect family that Angela has made them out to be. Her husband is coping badly with retirement. Her thirty-two-year-old twin
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From an ARC kindly provided by TheReadingRoom and Penguin.
Hello From The Gillespies is the 10th full-length novel by Australian author, Monica McInerney. The annual Christmas Letter: who hasn’t ever received one (or perhaps sent one themselves)? Angela Gillespie has been religiously sending one out every December 1st for 33 years. She regards her Christmas Letters as Historical Documents, a concept that is bears some merit. But for the Gillespies, this year has been (to borrow a famously royal t
☼♄Jülie 

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book with all it's really cringe worthy moments...and I did cringe often! Especially in the early stages of the story, I kept thinking, O-M-G that can't be about to are they ever going to fix this??!!!

This was a very big book for the amount of actual story involved, and although it didn't take anything away from the story, I thought at times it was going into a bit too much detail and making it a lot more lengthy than necessary.
That said, it didn't
Marina Finlayson
I bet we've all received one of those Christmas letters that makes the writer's life and family sound disgustingly perfect. The main character of this book, Angela Gillespie, has been writing them for 33 years, but this year she lets off steam. Instead of the usual picture-perfect image, she tells it like it is, complete with worries about all four of her children, her fears for her marriage, and her imaginings on what her life might have been like if she'd married someone else entirely.

She neve
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

Australian-born but Dublin-based Monica McInerney is an internationally best selling author of novels that explore the joys and challenges of family and relationships. Hello from the Gillespies is her tenth novel, following on from her most recent successes, The House of Memories and Lola's Secret.

For thirty three years, Angela Gillespie has sent a lighthearted letter on December 1st, updating family and friends on the lives of the Gillespies, who live on a large sheep station in outback South A
Thanks to Net Galley for the chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5 stars.

How many of us have written or received those Christmas letters than summarize the year in the life of....(fill in the family) Well Angela Gillespie has done her duty and sent one every year, full of fluff and perhaps half truths. This year, she writes what she really thinks, (how many of us would love to do that!)......and thru a domino effect of errors, it accidentally gets sent. This is the jump
I don’t think I’ve read a Monica McInerney that I haven’t enjoyed - they are easy reads, that keep the story flowing easily. Having said that, this was not as good as the last one I read of hers - The House of Memories - and I am in two minds about it.

On the one hand, I liked the premise of the story, and the twist that happened about half way through. I also liked the setting - mostly on a rural South Australia station that used to run sheep but is now experiencing a bit of a slump, partly due
What a wonderfully delightful novel! I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Angela is stressed, she is suffering severe headaches, her 3 daughters are struggling in their personal lives, her young son has been kicked out of boarding school
, her husband's cranky old aunt is staying for a month and her husband has withdrawn from her and she has no idea why. She is STRESSED. So while working on her annual Christmas letter she decides to lay it all out, all of her str
Diane S ☔
Well written story of a family in crisis. Loved the setting of the Australian outback and the way the family pulled together in the end. A good story but a little to much drama for me.

ARC from Natgalley.
Jess (Primrose)
A nice way to wind down summer read. I am still working on sorting my thoughts out on it. I don't really have any strong feelings about this book. I didn't strongly like it nor did I strongly dislike it. It was actually the perfect book that kept me company until 2am when I had a raging bout of insomnia.
The story gently is told about the ill fated Christmas rant letter sent out by Angela Gillespie.. er.. well.. her name was on it but it was never truly meant for others eyes. Instead of cheeril
Rita Ciresi
Reviews claimed this novel was original and hilarious. It was neither. The novel starts with a great premise, but the characters aren't likeable and the plot strains credibility. I couldn't finish it. And be forewarned: it goes on forever.
Irene Sauman
Jun 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well, I don't know that there is much point in adding another positive review to the already 608, so I will keep it short. This is an excellent read, highly recommended, and deserves its 5 stars. It is not short - some 430 pages - but I read it over two days, other things being left undone.
Anyone looking for a great story, set in South Australia on a sheep station, but with much more, terrific characterisation, a family in turmoil but all loving one another in their own way, and the health/memo
Theresa Smith
Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aww2018
Monica McInerney’s novels are always such a treasure for me. Hello from the Gillespies is not Monica’s latest release, but we selected it for our November bookclub as a Christmas read. It’s not a Christmas story exactly, but it does open at the beginning of December with Angela Gillespie struggling to write her annual Christmas letter. Christmas themes was enough for us, and I am certainly glad we went with this title. It was fabulous. But Monica always is! Right from the very first page, I was ...more
Cleo Bannister
I think we’ve all had the misfortune at some time to receive one of those cheery Christmas missives which inform us what a successful, enviable life their writer has enjoyed over the last year, often appended by photographs of the family looking suitably satisfied with themselves. Angela had written such a missive for each of the thirty-three years of her marriage, proclaiming her love of the Australian outback to those she left behind in England, her blissfully happy marriage and of course info ...more
A sentimental story on the power of family, pulling together when they fall and rise. It's about accepting the honest truth without placing blame on others, it's about family - remaining united no matter the circumstances. Miscommunication, truth plays a large part as well. Great themes which made the story whimsically delightful.

I liked the Gillespies but they didn't wow me. They're a sweet clan but McInerney didn't expand on them individually, you were privy to a snippet of who they are lacki
Judy Collins
A special thank you to Penguin Group and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Monica McInerney’s Hello From the Gillespies, is an entertaining, hilarious, and brutally honest "family drama of life's messiness at its best" from the front cover to the end!

Angela Gillespie, has a tradition every Christmas. She writes a letter to all her friends with a summary and account of all the exciting events and photos of her family. (not always an honest account with a lot of fluff). Of c
Sep 27, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014, netgalley
This story was not about what I expected it to be about. The blurb makes it sound as though you will read about the Christmas letter and the repercussions of the letter. Not so much. This is a story about a family and all the love and frustration that comes with having a family.

In some ways this was a wonderful family story and some of it rang very true in a realistic way. For example, the mom loves her family, but she worries about them and is frustrated and stressed by them as well. I loved t
I read somewhere recently that everyone has a public life, a private life, and a secret life. This book is a good example of that. And a good example of what happens when your secret life becomes public. Angela and Nick live on a sheep station a few hours from Adelaide. Nick has given up most of the sheep, sold exploration rights to a mining company, is obsessing about a family reunion in Ireland, and obviously having a mid-life crisis/break down. His wife, Angela, who immigrated from England wh ...more
Hmmm. This is kind of a tricky one. It was good for much of the book. We're not talking amazing, but it held my interest and the pages were turning pretty easily for at least the first 50% of the novel. The thing of it is, I felt like it was in desperate need of an editor. This book was 600 pages long, and I'd say 100 of them could have easily been chopped right off, and probably another 75 wouldn't be missed. So that was one star down. The other star got subtracted because of a personal pet-pee ...more
A big chunky 600 page book, but the story moved along. I loved the setting which was in Australia on a sheep station in the outback. Angela is the mom & wife- 3 grown daughters & one late in life son & her husband Nick. Each year Angela sends out a cheerful, end of the year newsletter to all of their friends & family ( you know we all get at least 1!) This year something goes wrong with the email & a chain of events follow. It is mostly light hearted, funny with some moments ...more
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Angela Gillespie has the perfect life...or at least it is according to her annual Christmas letter. And, for the most part, she has felt happy with her choices. But something has gone awry in the past year or so, leading to strange inexplicable feelings that suddenly come tumbling out as she types her annual letter. What if she told the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but?

Thirty years on a sheep station in Australia was not the life she had planned.

Why is Nick shut away in his office all the
Ruthie Taylor
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads."

This is a really good book. It tells an interesting story, in a slightly different way, and has a host of entertaining characters to befriend. At times I felt it could have moved along a little quicker, but at the same time I savoured every bit. Anyone could read this story and find elements that they could associate with; each role in the family is explored, each person has their say.

I highly recommend this book - it rem
Every man and their dog has already reviewed Hello From The Gillespies, so I feel a bit redundant adding my two cents worth weeks after the book’s been published.

However, it’s the first Monica McInerney novel I’ve read and other reviews tempted me to request the book via NetGalley so I figured this might help someone else decide whether they want to read it.

It’s not the sort of book I usually read and I quipped in a recent post that it’s a nice change from novels about psychopaths and serial kil
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book! Loved that it's set in Australia. The Gillespie family was unique and interesting to start with. But a tragedy occurs and we really see what they're made of.

Angela & Nick were like many couples married for a loooooooong time. They dwifted apart and didn't know how to get themselves back together. Their 4 kids were an interesting bunch. The twins were off doing their thing, Lindy back home with financial issues, and Ig with his imaginary friend Robbie.

Add in Joan, the close friend
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Monica McInerney is the internationally bestselling author of eleven novels including Hello from the Gillespies, The House of Memories, Lola's Secret, At Home with the Templetons, Family Baggage, The Alphabet Sisters and Those Faraday Girls (which was named the General Fiction Book of the Year in the 2008 Australian Book Industry Awards.