A beautiful novel about the innocence of childhood and the scars that stay with you for life, from the award-winning author of MR WIGG and NEST.
SHORTLISTED FOR THE INDIE AWARD FOR FICTION 2017
LONGLISTED FOR THE MILES FRANKLIN LITERARY AWARD 2017
'All in?' Kieran pulled me up, and the others followed. We gathered around the bigger tree. No one asked Matty - he just reached up and put his right hand on the trunk with ours.
Kieran cleared his throat. 'We swear, on these trees, to always be friends. To protect each other - and this place.'
Finding those carved trees forged a bond between Jay and her four childhood friends and opened their eyes to a wider world. But their attempt to protect the grove ends in disaster, and that one day on the river changes their lives forever.
Seventeen years later, Jay finally has her chance to make amends. But at what cost? Not every wrong can be put right, but sometimes looking the other way is no longer an option.
'an entrancing novel from a powerful new voice in Australian literature' - THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY - APRIL 2016 AWW GREAT READ
atmospheric and absorbing - SUNDAY AGE
a poignant and page-turning story that touches on important themes - BOOKS + PUBLISHING
imagined with notable intelligence and sympathy - SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
a particularly fine writer of place - THE AUSTRALIAN
An entrancing novel from a powerful new voice in Australian literature - THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLY
perfectly rendered - BIG ISSUE
Inga Simpson began her career as a professional writer for government before gaining a PhD in creative writing. In 2011, she took part in the Queensland Writers Centre Manuscript Development Program and, as a result, Hachette Australia published her first novel, Mr Wigg, in 2013. Nest, Inga's second novel, was published in 2014 and was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Stella Prize and shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal. Inga's third novel, the acclaimed Where the Trees Were, was published in 2016.
Inga was awarded the final Eric Rolls Prize for her nature writing and has obtained a second PhD, exploring the history of Australian nature writers. Inga's account of her love of Australian nature and life with trees, Understory, was published in 2017. Her first book for children, The Book of Australian Trees, illustrated by Alicia Rogerson, was published in 2021. The Last Woman in the World, her critically acclaimed environmental thriller, was published in 2021 and shortlisted for the 2022 Fiction Indie Book Award. Her bestselling and critically acclaimed 2022 novel Willowman was shortlisted for the BookPeople Adult Fiction Book of the Year 2023. Inga lives on the NSW south coast among trees.