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Publisher's Summary

Once an artist and teacher, Jen now spends her time watching the birds around her house and tending her lush, subtropical 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 40 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.

Nest was longlisted for the Stella Prize 2015.

©2014 Inga Simpson (P)2015 Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"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)

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Exquisite

Loved this book. So evocative of country life yet understated and poetic. The plot unfolded in its own time and the characters well crafted.
The narration was sometimes a bit too understated with not quite enough pause between chapters to fully absorb the language and meaning.
A must read for anyone who loves birds and nature.

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Loved story & performance except…

…why did you say next chapter heading so quickly after end of previous chapter? It was jarring, annoying & I even checked my settings! But, loved the story.

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Beautiful and gentle observations

Some reflections and recounts of painful past tragedies reignited by current circumstances. Beautifully observed. Looking forward to exploring more of Inga's books.

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Brilliant

Beautifully written and narrated . I loved this book so much, a complete joy to listen too.

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Boring voice and story

I didn’t get too far into this book. The audio was flat and so was the story. Depressing really

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