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Inga Simpson


Hodder & Stoughton

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


304 pages

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ABBEY'S CHOICE AUGUST 2014 ----- From the author of Mr Wigg comes this beautifully crafted novel of an artist re-finding her purpose and place in life. Jen is licking her wounds after the dissolution of her long term relationship with a man she has never gotten over, nor seems to want to recover from, and her mother’s death has given her the chance to buy a house and piece of bush near her childhood town. Jen left many years ago, but having nowhere else to go, has returned in order to resume her painting and her life. She tutors a promising young boy, Henry, works on her house and block, and observes the birds around her.

When a young girl who is Henry’s close friend goes missing, Jen’s past rears up to confront her, because when she was Henry’s age, her best friend went missing, never to be seen again. And so too, did her father, at the same time – and the town has never been convinced of his innocence. When the town starts remembering, Jen has to accept that her life will change yet again... An outstanding novel with a finely worked narrative line and fully realised characters. Lindy


Once an artist and teacher, Jen now spends her time watching the birds around her house and tending her lush sub-tropical garden near the small town where she grew up. The only person she sees regularly is Henry, who comes after school for drawing lessons. When a girl in Henry's class goes missing, Jen is pulled back into the depths of her own past. When she was Henry's age she lost her father and her best friend Michael - both within a week. The whole town talked about it then, and now, nearly forty years later, they're talking about it again. Everyone is waiting - for the girl to be found and the summer rain to arrive. At last, when the answers do come, like the wet, it is in a drenching, revitalising downpour.

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By:   Inga Simpson
Imprint:   Hodder & Stoughton
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 211mm,  Width: 142mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   326g
ISBN:   9780733632341
ISBN 10:   0733632343
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   July 2014
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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Inga Simpson is a fresh new voice in Australian writing. She is inspired by regular people and the changing seasons of their lives. Inga began her career as a professional writer for government before gaining a PhD in creative writing. In 2011, she took part in the Queensland Writer's Centre Manuscript Development Program and as a result, Hachette published her first novel, the acclaimed Mr Wigg, in 2013. For more information visit Inga's website

'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 'MR WIGG captivates to the end' Good Reading That warm feeling that comes from having read something that has strengthened or even reawakened a sense of what is right and good about the world overwhelmed me on closing this book Bookseller + Publisher on MR WIGG a gently told book, written in simple, evocative prose Northern Rivers Echo (24/07/2014), Byron Shire Echo a story full of intrigue. Herald Sun This gentle, introspective novel will delight bird lovers and possibly introduce the joys of the avian world to others... Inga Simpson writes wondrously simple prose about the natural world Good Reading The language is evocative, with vivid observations... Nest is a self possessed, thoughtful novel from Inga Simpson Book'd Out Readers of Inga Simpson's charming debut novel Mr Wigg will recognise the author's keen eye and vibrant descriptions of the natural world Australian Bookseller & Publisher Life affirming, restful and restorative... a complicated narrative beautifully told Reading, Writing and Riesling Book of the month Nest is a thoroughly enjoyable, uplifting read from one of the most creative nature writers of our time. MiNDFOOD That Inga Simpson can sustain the reader with pages of observations of birdlife is a testament to her talent as a nature writer. Canberra Times, Sydney Morning Herald, Saturday Age That Inga Simpson can sustain the reader with pages of observations of birdlife is a testament to her talent as a nature writer Sydney morning herald a testament to her talent as a nature writer The Saturday Age entrancing Adelaide Advertiser Simpson has acute powers of observation and an ability to capture nature on the page... Simpson is an accomplished writer and excels, not only at natural descriptions, but at action and dialogue... a gently persuasive novel that leaves you richer for having seen with the eyes of a naturalist Australian Book Review an absorbing book and Inga Simpson draws her readers into Jen's wild world. South Coast Register

  • Long-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015
  • Long-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015.
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