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The Last Woman in the World
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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 completed 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. While finishing the first draft of The Last Woman in the World she was evacuated twice as bushfires engulfed surrounding settlements. She lives near the coast among trees.

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The Last Woman in the World layers precise nature writing with a conspiratorial tone for our times, turning in a gripping apocalyptic thriller that infects the sublime features of the landscape with primal fear
*Guardian*

Creepy and chilling
*Observer*

Each page is shaped with an impressive, world-building cinematic scope so that I was reminded of the thrilling paralysis I felt as I watched The Quiet Place, mixed with the frightening torment of the creepiest scenes in I Am Legend
*Sydney Morning Herald*

Inga Simpson deftly combines horror and hope in this necessary read that is sure to set the literary world on fire. The Last Woman in the World will grab you and not let go
*Christina Dalcher*

As terrifying as Bird Box or A Quiet Place but full of the most beautiful writing about nature. An absolute must-read
*Mark Edwards*

The Last Woman in the World is a novel of fear, fire and an uncertain future. A powerful narrative in Inga Simpson's own unique voice. Horrifying, yet humane and ultimately hopeful - a masterwork
*Angela Slatter*

A heart-racing, page-turning, hiding under the doona stuff. Will read anything this woman writes, did not expect to be so terrified
*Kate Mildenhall*

Chilling . . . powerful
*Good Reading Magazine*

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