Author(s): Inga Simpson
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...
Long-listed for Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015.
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
Inga Simpson is a fresh new voice in Australian writing. She is inspired by regular people and the changing seasons of their lives. Inga began her career as a professional writer for government before gaining a PhD in creative writing. In 2011, she took part in the Queensland Writer's Centre Manuscript Development Program and as a result, Hachette published her first novel, the acclaimed Mr Wigg, in 2013. For more information visit Inga's website http://www.ingasimpson.com.au.