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Where The Trees Were - Inga Simpson


Published: 26th April 2017
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'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

About the Author

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, before being 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 won the final Eric Rolls Prize for her nature writing and recently completed a second PhD, exploring the history of Australian nature writers. Inga's memoir about her love of Australian nature and life with trees, Understory, will be published in June 2017.


The trees represent an important part of life and death


This book is delightful but sad. The delightful parts are about the free and easy life of some children growing up in Australia's country regions. The sad part lies within the story of the loss of Indigenous cultural rights. The trees resemble the split between Australians. The solution as portrayed by the author is believable, but hard to imagine it truly happening in real life.

Canberra Australia

A great read for a cosy night and a cuppa


Easy to read with believable characters. The author is able to set the scene so that you can almost believe you are present. Highly recommended.

NSW Australia

Where The Trees Were

4.5 2


atmospheric and absorbing - SUNDAY AGEa poignant and page-turning story that touches on important themes - BOOKS + PUBLISHINGimagined with notable intelligence and sympathy - SYDNEY MORNING HERALDa particularly fine writer of place - THE AUSTRALIANAn entrancing novel from a powerful new voice in Australian literature - THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN'S WEEKLYperfectly rendered - BIG ISSUE

ISBN: 9780733637858
ISBN-10: 073363785X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 26th April 2017
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.6  x 2.3
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 1