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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 Nest
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'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)

Notes

  • Dedication: For Nike
  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Hachette Australia , 2014 .
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      Extent: 296p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 9 July 2014
      ISBN: 9780733632341

Works about this Work

Ironbark and Stone: Place and Belonging in the Nature Novels of Inga Simpson Jane Frank , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Queensland Review , December vol. 24 no. 2 2017; (p. 229-241)

'This article discusses Sunshine Coast writer Inga Simpson's nature writing in three recent novels, Mr Wigg (2013), Nest(2014b) and Where the Trees Were (2016c). It addresses Simpson's self-categorisation as a nature writer, and shows how the recurrent motif of sacred trees allows three introspective protagonists to reach new understandings of universal themes: loss of love and innocence, ageing, inheritance, childlessness, sexuality, death, ancient cultures, cultural integrity and preservation of the environment. The article considers Simpson's ‘anti-Gothic’ approach to landscape in her novels, yet also shows how her ‘realist’ depictions of place evoke unease surrounding the issue of white belonging in Australia. Simpson's metaphoric self-identification with trees, particularly the Australian ironbark, is pivotal to the quiet power of her fiction's exploration of belonging in the Australian landscape.' (Abstract)

Readers to Decide If Fact or Fiction Takes the Prize Phil Brown , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 17 August 2015; (p. 39)
'What's best - fact or fiction? It's one of the most compelling questions in the literary world today and it's one voters will have to ask themselves before voting for their favourite book in The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Awards...'
Review : Nest Jenny Summerville , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Good Reading , August 2014; (p. 40)

— Review of Nest Inga Simpson , 2014 single work novel
Well Read Margot Lloyd , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 October 2014; (p. 27)

— Review of Deeper Water Jessie Cole , 2014 single work novel ; Nest Inga Simpson , 2014 single work novel
Review : Nest Carol Middleton , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 365 2014; (p. 41)

— Review of Nest Inga Simpson , 2014 single work novel
[Untitled] Paula Grunseit , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Books + Publishing , April vol. 93 no. 4 2014; (p. 21)

— Review of Nest Inga Simpson , 2014 single work novel
Feathering Her Nest Sally Browne , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 2 August 2014; (p. 18)

— Review of Nest Inga Simpson , 2014 single work novel

'The disappearance of Daniel Morcombe influenced the plot for this Sunshine Coast writer's lastest novel...'

Mystery Lurking in a Bird-Filled Reverie Observations of Nature Meld with Gentle Philosophy Dianne Dempsey , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 20 September 2014; (p. 36) The Canberra Times , 20 September 2014; (p. 26) The Age , 20 September 2014; (p. 38)

— Review of Nest Inga Simpson , 2014 single work novel
Review : Nest Carol Middleton , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 365 2014; (p. 41)

— Review of Nest Inga Simpson , 2014 single work novel
Well Read Margot Lloyd , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 October 2014; (p. 27)

— Review of Deeper Water Jessie Cole , 2014 single work novel ; Nest Inga Simpson , 2014 single work novel
Readers to Decide If Fact or Fiction Takes the Prize Phil Brown , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 17 August 2015; (p. 39)
'What's best - fact or fiction? It's one of the most compelling questions in the literary world today and it's one voters will have to ask themselves before voting for their favourite book in The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year Awards...'
Ironbark and Stone: Place and Belonging in the Nature Novels of Inga Simpson Jane Frank , 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: Queensland Review , December vol. 24 no. 2 2017; (p. 229-241)

'This article discusses Sunshine Coast writer Inga Simpson's nature writing in three recent novels, Mr Wigg (2013), Nest(2014b) and Where the Trees Were (2016c). It addresses Simpson's self-categorisation as a nature writer, and shows how the recurrent motif of sacred trees allows three introspective protagonists to reach new understandings of universal themes: loss of love and innocence, ageing, inheritance, childlessness, sexuality, death, ancient cultures, cultural integrity and preservation of the environment. The article considers Simpson's ‘anti-Gothic’ approach to landscape in her novels, yet also shows how her ‘realist’ depictions of place evoke unease surrounding the issue of white belonging in Australia. Simpson's metaphoric self-identification with trees, particularly the Australian ironbark, is pivotal to the quiet power of her fiction's exploration of belonging in the Australian landscape.' (Abstract)

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