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Inga Simpson has a masters in Australian literature from the University of New South Wales and a PhD in creative writing from the University of Technology Queensland. Her PhD thesis explored literary detective fiction, particularly in Australian writing, and included her detective novel 'Fatal Development'.

Simpson has worked in the public service as a writer for the Commonwealth Ombudsman and the Federal Parliament.

Awards for Works

Nest 2014 single work novel

'A gripping and thought-provoking novel about finding the lost child in all of us.

'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 hinterland 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. She lost her father and her best friend Michael when she was Henry's age. They also went missing - in the same 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.' (Publication summary)

2015 longlisted The Stella Prize
2015 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2015 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2015 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year
Mr Wigg 2013 single work novel 'A charming and happy story akin to drinking homemade lemonade while sitting on a verandah on a hot day.

It's the summer of 1970, not far from the stone fruit capital of New South Wales, where Mr Wigg lives alone on what is left of his family farm. Mrs Wigg has been gone a few years now but he thinks of her every day. He thinks of his daughter, too.

Mr Wigg spends his days tending his magnificent orchard, harvesting the fruits of his labours and, when it's on, listening to the cricket. Things are changing though, with Australia and England playing a one-day match, and his new neighbours, the Hazletts, planting grapes for wine.

His son is on at him to move into town - it's true a few little things are starting to go wrong every now and then - but Mr Wigg has his fruit trees, chooks, and garden to care for. His grandchildren visit often: to cook, eat, and hear his old stories. And there's a special project he has to finish.' (Publisher's blurb)
2014 shortlisted Indie Awards Debut Fiction
2014 longlisted Kibble Literary Awards Nita May Dobbie Award
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