Review: Nest by Inga Simpson


Title: Nest

Author: Inga Simpson

Published: Hachette July 2014

Read an Extract

Status: Read from July 26 to 27, 2014 — I own a copy   {Courtesy the publisher/netgalley}

My Thoughts:

After a relationship breakdown and the death of her mother, artist Jen Vogel has taken refuge in her childhood hometown. Here she is content to sketch and paint the birds that visit her garden, care for the land that embraces her property and tutor a talented local teen to supplement her income, but unpleasant memories are revived when a young girl goes missing on her way home from school. Nearly four decades earlier, Jen’s best friend Michael, and then her father, disappeared without a trace within days of each other and still there are no answers to what became of them.

Nest is a gentle book, sharing the quiet rhythms of Jen’s days and the turbulent memories of her past. It explores the themes of loss, grief, healing and growth, a cycle echoed in the environment in which Jen lives.

The mystery of the missing children, and Jen’s father’s whereabouts, adds interest and a frisson of tension to what is otherwise a fairly introspective narrative.

The language is evocative, with vivid observations of the flora and fauna that surrounds Jen’s bush haven. Jen has a particular fascination with birds, with robins being her favourite.

“The robins arrived last, splashing and fluffing, sending the other birds off. Their golden yellow was luminous at dusk, as if carrying the last gleams of the sun. Only now did they sing, with their sweet, piping whistle, and first thing in the morning. Their song was best suited to dusk and dawn – the in-between.”

Nest is a self possessed, thoughtful novel from Inga Simpson, author of Mr Wigg.


Nest is available to purchase from

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and all good bookstores.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kate W
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 21:36:08

    I’ve had my eye on this one in the bookshop…



  2. Bec Graham
    Aug 17, 2014 @ 21:12:21

    I saw this today and came so close to buying it. There are so many Aussie books I want at the moment. Everything on my TBR list is Aussie. I feel proud 🙂



  3. Debbish
    Aug 23, 2014 @ 09:31:21

    Oh, I’d seen this but wasn’t sure it was for me. (I think I”ve changed my mind!)



  4. Brona
    Oct 16, 2014 @ 19:55:41

    Several of my colleagues love this bookand their descriptions make me feel that it is one I would enjoy too…but my TBR pile is really out of control…and as you can see by my flurry of comments tonight, I’ve been out of the blog loop for a while…and trying to catch up.

    Your list of Australian titles is VERY impressive – big pat on the back to you 🙂



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