Longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015

Longlisted for The Stella Prize 2015

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...



ISBN: 9780733632341
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 304
Publication Date: 29 Jul 2014
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Publication City, Country: Sydney, Australia
Dimensions (cm): 21.1(H) x 14.2(L) x 2.5(W)
Weight (gm): 326



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

a tender story - Country Style on Mr Wigg

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 - Books+Publishing 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


Author Biography

Inga Simpson began her career as a professional writer for government before gaining a PhD in creative writing. In 2011, she took part in the Queensland Writers Centre Manuscript Development Program and, as a result, Hachette Australia published her first novel, MR WIGG, in 2013. NEST, Inga's second novel, was published in 2014, before being longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Stella Prize, and shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal. Inga's third novel, the acclaimed Where the Trees Were, was published in 2016. Inga won the final Eric Rolls Prize for her nature writing and recently completed a second PhD, exploring the history of Australian nature writers. Inga's memoir about her love of Australian nature and life with trees, UNDERSTORY, will be published in June 2017.

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