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Publisher's Summary

Fear is her cage. But what's outside is worse....

It's night, and the walls of Rachel's home creak as they settle into the cover of darkness. Fear has led her to a reclusive life on the land, her only occasional contact with her sister.

A hammering on the door. There stands a mother, Hannah, with a sick baby. They are running for their lives from a mysterious death sweeping the Australian countryside.

Now Rachel must face her worst fears: should she take up the fight to help these strangers survive in a society she has rejected for so long?

From the critically acclaimed author of Mr Wigg and Nest, The Last Woman in the World looks at how we treat our world and each other - and what it is that might ultimately redeem us.

©2021 Inga Simpson (P)2021 Hachette Australia

Critic Reviews

"The Last Woman in the World is heart-racing, page-turning, hiding-under-the-doona stuff. A smart and pacey thriller that is also a lament for a world we have failed to care for." (Kate Mildenhall, best-selling author of The Mother Fault)

"The Last Woman in the World is a novel of fear, fire and an uncertain future. A powerful narrative in Inga Simpson's unique voice. Horrifying, yet humane and ultimately hopeful - a masterwork." (Angela Slatter, World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Bitterwood Bible)

"The Last Woman in the World will grab you and not let go. A necessary read that is sure to set the literary world on fire." (Christina Dalcher, author of VOX)

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