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Inga Simpson
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Mr Wigg

Inga Simpson


Hachette Australia

Fiction & Literature;
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)


304 pages

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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- This has been one of my favourites this year! A charming, delightful and tender book about connections: to family, the past, community, a way of life. Mr Wigg is getting on in years, and his son would like him to move from the family farm into a retirement home in the nearby country town. Mr Wigg is resisting the suggestion, as he knows it will be the death of him to leave behind the orchard and his sheds and all the things that retain importance after his wife's death. Over the course of summer 1971, Mr Wigg tends his fruit trees (which, in the way they rustle their leaves, convey a great deal of information!) makes his preserves, teaches his grandchildren how to bake, tells his stories, and embarks on a couple of different projects. This is a gentle, beautifully paced and subtle novel that left me beguiled and satisfied. It is the perfect anecdote to winter! Lindy


It's the summer of 1971, not far from the stone-fruit capital of New South Wales, where Mr Wigg lives on what is left of his family farm. Mrs Wigg has been gone a few years now and he thinks about her every day. He misses his daughter, too, and wonders when he'll see her again. He spends his time working in the orchard, cooking and preserving his produce and, when it's on, watching the cricket. It's a full life. Things are changing though, with Australia and England playing a one-day match, and his new neighbours planting grapes for wine. His son is on at him to move into town but Mr Wigg has his fruit trees and his chooks to look after. His grandchildren visit often: to cook, eat and hear his stories. And there's a special project he has to finish... Trouble is, it's a lot of work for an old man with shaking hands, but he'll give it a go, as he always has.

By:   Inga Simpson
Imprint:   Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 209mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   320g
ISBN:   9780733630194
ISBN 10:   0733630197
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   June 2013
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Out of Print

that warm feeling ... of what is right and good about the world overwhelmed me on closing this book. - Books + Publishing magazine beautiful and absorbing - Sydney Morning Herald on MR WIGG resonantly powerful at every bite...Just beautiful. - Australian Women's Weekly on MR WIGG Beautifully crafted and brimming with warmth. - Who Weekly on MR WIGG captures the pleasures of a simple country life - Vogue Australia Inga Simpson gives readers a character so realistic ... that it's hard to believe he's a work of fiction. - Herald Sun

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