Nest CoverNEST was longlisted for the Stella Prize and Miles Franklin literary Award, and shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal and Courier Mail People’s Choice Award.

“a thoroughly enjoyable, uplifting read from one of the most creative nature writers of our time” ~ Mindfood.

“a truly rich novel” ~ Sydney Morning Herald.







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.

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