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Mr. Wigg - Inga Simpson

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A novel that celebrates the small, precious things in life by a fresh Australian voice.

It's the summer of 1971, not far from the stone-fruit capital of New South Wales, where Mr Wigg lives on what is left of his family farm. Mrs Wigg has been gone a few years now and he thinks about her every day. He misses his daughter, too, and wonders when he'll see her again.

He spends his time working in the orchard, cooking and preserving his produce and, when it's on, watching the cricket. It's a full life. Things are changing though, with Australia and England playing a one-day match, and his new neighbours planting grapes for wine. His son is on at him to move into town but Mr Wigg has his fruit trees and his chooks to look after. His grandchildren visit often: to cook, eat and hear his stories. And there's a special project he has to finish...

Trouble is, it's a lot of work for an old man with shaking hands, but he'll give it a go, as he always has.

Review:The book which comes to mind on having finished Inga Simpson’s Mr Wigg is Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. They share nothing much in common; Mr Wigg is set in country Australia in 1970, is about a man at the end of his long life and the most contentious issue touched on is the sacking of Bill Lawry as captain of the Australian Cricket team. But even so, that warm feeling which comes from having read something which has strengthened or even reawakened our sense of what is right and good about the world overwhelmed me on closing the book. And also, I suspect, though it isn’t actually true of Mr Wigg, both stories are from the point of view of the child.

I know nothing of Inga Simpson, and I may easily have been tricked by her wonderful art, but I think this book is in some way an account of someone, and somewhere, she loved while a young person. Whatever its genesis, Mr Wigg is beautiful. A strange word to use, I know, but it is what it is. Five Stars – John Purcell.

About the Author

Inga Simpson has a PhD in Creative Writing from QUT and a Masters in Australian Literature from the University of New South Wales. Before turning seriously to creative writing, Inga had a long career as a professional writer, including stints for federal Parliament and the Commonwealth Ombudsman. Inga is currently working on a nature writing project (NOTES FROM OLVAR WOOD) and researching Australian nature writing as part of an MPhil in Literature at the University of QLD. Inga Simpson took part in the Queensland Writer s Centre Manuscript Development Program in 2011.

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  • Easy to read (3)
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    4.0

    Relateable Story

    By Lynette

    from Sydney

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    Pros

    • Deserves Multiple Readings
    • Easy To Read
    • Engaging characters
    • Loved The Recipes
    • Well Written

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      Comments about Mr. Wigg:

      I thought this was a lovely story and could relate very much to the situations and characters. I look forward to reading The Nest now.

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      4.0

      A gentle story of human relationships

      By An Interested reader

      from Brisbane

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      Pros

      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Read
      • Made Me Want A Vacola
      • Well Written
      • Wonderful Fruit Recipes
      • Wonderful Recipies

      Cons

      • A Bit Slow

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      Comments about Mr. Wigg:

      I enjoyed this story so much though it took a little while to get into it, but the writing was done with heart and I felt for each of the characters, each dealing with the reality of being part of a family warts and all.

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      4.0

      A lovely simple human story

      By Kate

      from Sydney Australia

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      • Deserves Multiple Readings
      • Easy To Read
      • Engaging characters
      • Well Written

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        I loved this book and will keep to read again & probably again.
        A human story that possibly most older readers could relate to - not to preclude younger ones as well.

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        'that warm feeling ... of what is right and good about the world overwhelmed me on closing this book.' [Books + Publishing]

        ISBN: 9780733630194
        ISBN-10: 0733630197
        Audience: General
        Format: Paperback
        Language: English
        Number Of Pages: 304
        Published: 25th June 2013
        Publisher: Hachette Australia
        Dimensions (cm): 20.9 x 13.5  x 2.3
        Weight (kg): 0.32
        Edition Number: 1