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Terms of Inheritance | Michelle Upton | Avid Reader

Sunday, 4 December 2022




Avid Reader Bookshop West End

Four sisters. A vast fortune. And a mother who thinks she knows best ...

Where there's a will, there's a way.

A funny, moving, brilliantly observed story about letting go of the past.

Cass Moriarty is in-conversation with Michelle Upton discussing her novel Terms of Inheritance.

When multi-millionaire Jacki Turner is forced to take stock of her life, she sets her daughters a challenge - in order to inherit her vast fortune, each must fulfil a task that she believes will push them to become better versions of themselves.

Rose, an exhausted mother of three, must write and publish a children's picture book. Exercise-hater Mel must run the Gold Coast marathon. Isla, the eldest, must figure out who she is beyond her wealth and status, while commitment-phobic Jess must stay in a relationship for longer than three months.

For each, Jacki's terms seem an impossible task, bringing painful wounds to the surface and straining tenuous relationships. But when the sisters are faced with an unexpected turn of events, they must learn how to move forward and forgive, or risk losing it all.

'A delightful debut from an exciting new voice in Australian fiction.' Rachael Johns

'Moving, funny and sharp ... This is a gorgeous novel for all mothers and daughters, told with real heart.' Kelli Hawkins

'Funny, warm and wise, and a delight from beginning to end ... What a joy.' Meredith Jaffe

'Funny, relatable and warm-hearted ... a joyful rollercoaster ride about ambition, determination, honesty and the shifting dynamics of a family under stress.' Cass Moriarty

'Told with bright, breezy wit and layers of love, Terms of Inheritance is a sweet and sharp fable of family fortune and of discovering who you really are.' Kim Kelly

Michelle Upton writes short stories and novels that examine our darkest fears and shine a light on hope and possibility. Born in Birmingham, England, she emigrated to Australia in 2007 and is now proud to call herself Australian. She has a Bachelor (Hons) degree in Literature with Psychology, and before having children, she was a primary school teacher. Michelle has had two short stories longlisted in the Australian Writers' Centre's Furious Fiction competition, and three of her short stories have won honourable mentions in the American Women on Writing competition. Her short story 'Relentless' was shortlisted and published in the 2013 Redlands Redlitzer Anthology. She lives in Brisbane with her family.

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