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Upside Down Inside Out

Eva Kennedy is in a rut. After seven years of working at her uncle's Dublin delicatessen, her artistic aspirations have slipped by the wayside and her latest relationship has fizzled. Whatever happened to the Eva who was going to be someone? Hoping to shake things up and find inspiration, Eva takes a break and ventures to Melbourne, Australia, to visit an old friend who, for fun, gives Eva an exciting new identity. Eva is now exotic and adventurous and ... not herself. Joseph Wheeler is a successful London designer. Unfortunately his firm is thriving at such a high level that he doesn't have time to actually design anymore. And his love life is nonexistent. In Australia on business, Joseph meets Eva, and the sparks fly - even as Eva is stuck pretending to be someone she's not. Little does she know that Joseph has some secrets of his own... When what starts as a holiday fling quickly blossoms into something more, Joseph and Eva discover that romance can turn life upside down and inside out at the bottom of the world.
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MONICA MCINERNEY grew up in a family of seven children in the Clare Valley wine region of South Australia. She has worked in children's television, arts marketing, the music industry, public relations and book publishing and lived all around Australia, and in Ireland and England. She is the author of five previous novels, including, most recently, The Alphabet Sisters and Family Baggage, which were international bestsellers and have been published in translation in Europe. She now lives in Dublin with her husband.


Fans of McInerney's last book, A Taste for It, won't be disappointed by her second book - the two share many similarities, not least the themes of Ireland and Australia, food and travel. On a trip to Australia to visit her childhood best friend, Eva becomes entrapped in a prank that has gone too far - a somewhat predictable plotline of a character pretending to be someone else. But despite her deceit, Eva is such a likeable character that we easily forgive her flaws. Like all good romance novels, she meets the quintessential `man of her dreams', Joseph, who, funnily enough, is also not who he seems. Besides the main impetus of the ensuing romance, the plot ventures into other terrain, such as Joseph's broken family and Eva's coming to terms with failure. McInerney provides enough twists and turns to keep the reader engaged and overcome the initial impression of predictability. A delightful and romantic tale, with splashes of humour (Melbourne's Lygon Street is described as a `mating pen'), this is definitely worth recommending for summer and beachside reading, or to those looking for a `feel-good' light read. It's great to see such strong Australian commercial fiction coming through; something we'll see more of in the next few months. Joanne Shiells is the assistant editor of AB&P. C. 2002 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors

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