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By Inga Simpson | Comments: ( 770 ) | Date: ( May 31, 2020 )

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 frien 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.


  • Title: Where the Trees Were
  • Author: Inga Simpson
  • ISBN: 9780733634536
  • Page: 491
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Inga Simpson

Inga is the author of UNDERSTORY, WHERE THE TREES WERE, NEST and MR WIGG.She grew up in central west NSW, and has lived in Canberra, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast.WHERE THE TREES WERE 2016 has been longlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award, and was shortlisted for the 2017 Indie Awards, and longlisted for the ABIA book awards and Green Carnation Prize NEST 2014 was shortlisted for the ALS Gold Medal, and longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Stella Prize Her debut novel, MR WIGG, was selected for the 2011 QWC Hachette manuscript developemnt program and, as a result, published by Hachette in 2013 MR WIGG was shortlisted for an Indie Award and longlisted for the Dobbie Award.In 2012, Inga was the winner of the final Eric Rolls nature essay prize.She has a PhDs in creative writing and English literature and her writing has been published in the Review of Australian Fiction, Clues, WQ, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography.Inga runs retreats, mentorships and workshops through Olvar Wood.Her eco memoir, Understory a life with trees, will be published by Hachette 1 June 2017.



Comments Where the Trees Were

  • Brenda

    Jay, Kieran, his brother Matty, Ian and Josh were best friends and during school holidays they raced around the farm; spending time by the river and swimming to their heart’s content. It was 1987 and they had their lives ahead of them. They lived in the here and now, having so much fun and being let roam by their parents who had been on this land for a long time. But the day the five friends discovered carved trees in a grove on the river’s edge was the day their lives changed forever. Vowin [...]


  • PattyMacDotComma

    4★“The cuts were deep and wide, right into the heartwood, like fingers making a river. Scrolls and diamonds filled the space around it. It all meant something. It meant a lot. We knew that straight away. We didn’t quite understand, the way we didn’t fully understand a lot of things. At the same time we almost did, although it was more than we could have explained. And we knew that we all felt the same, without having to speak. It was as if the trees said everything for us.”A group of f [...]


  • Carolyn

    Jay and her friends Kieran, Ian and Josh had a magical childhood. Growing up in a rural area they were free to spend their holidays exploring the bush, swimming in the river, eating wild blackberries and as they got older camping out. They had one magical place they loved to go, a special grove of carved trees around a clearing, which they vowed to keep secret just for themselves. But as they moved on to high school, times changed, life became more complicated and events occurred that were out o [...]


  • Carol -Reading Writing and Riesling

    Loved it!My View:Another great read from Inga Simpson – her passion for nature and her wonderful ability to transport the reader to any location she chooses to write about is to be commended. And Inga Simpson artfully captures the innocence of childhood perfectly! Children accept everyone, it is not till later they learn to discriminate by gender, race, by socio economic borders, by ability…Whilst at first glance this narrative seems to be quite simple, straight forward; a coming of age stor [...]


  • Marianne

    “We were all grinning and everyone had their eyes open for once. Ian must have been moving – his hand was blurred. It was exactly how I imagined us, right down to Kieran’s arm around me and the peace sign he was making above Matty’s head. The big carving was behind us, and the other trees leaned into the picture, like giant people……when I looked at the image again, the colours had already started to fade, as if it was a moment we could never have back.”Where The Trees Were is the t [...]


  • Deborah Ideiosepius

    Jay is the focus of this story, as a child on a NSW property, running wild in the summer on the land swimming in the creeks with her three closest friends, and as a young adult, working in a gallery in Canberra.The story progresses in small steps, alternating the childhood Jay and the adult Jayne, to build an image of the grove of carved trees which seemed to be the focus point of her childhood and a major part of the growth, not only of her identity, but of the identity of her small group of ch [...]


  • Andrea

    Another winner from Inga Simpson, who is turning out to be one of my favourite contemporary Australian authors.Delivered in alternating chapters, the actions of Jayne in the present are gradually explained by her 1980s backstory. I enjoyed both threads of the story equally; growing up in the country in the same era, and having spent enough time in Canberra as an adult during my APS years to have some familiarity with the location, I found a sense of nostalgia for both. The subject matter - land [...]


  • Anna

    I very much enjoyed this book. The central character Jayne is well-drawn, with the alternating chapters telling of her current life and the formative years of her childhood and adolescence. This structure also works well for the development of the narrative.The writing is beautiful, with wonderful descriptions of the river and scenery near Jayne's family's farm, and of Canberra, which is where I live. There is something special about the flash of recognition when reading about your home city.I f [...]


  • Tundra Morscheck

    I enjoyed the premise and setting of this book but it fell short in the end. I felt that the childhood chapters were engaging to begin with but meandered without direction after a couple of major incidents in Jayne's life. The contemporary chapters, following Jayne's life, also started with great promise and I was looking forward to a journey delving into Aboriginal artefacts, their removal and return however this didn't really evolve either. There seemed to be a greater focus on what Jayne was [...]


  • Michael Livingston

    Inga Simpson is the best nature writer in Australian fiction - the chapters set in the characters childhood around the river and bush are gloriously well-drawn, as are the descriptions of the older Jay's bike-rides around Canberra. The characters - particularly as children - are strong as well. The plot is pushed to the front a little more here than in her previous work, and it's engaging and sharp, although perhaps a little implausible. This is one of those books that you're happy just spending [...]


  • Jacq

    Inga Simpson is a gloriously beautiful writer. While I didn't connect with the story as much as Mr Wigg, her ability to bring to a tale to life and put you right in the middle is formidable. I was back in my childhood, with trips to the river, and farm chores; the expectations, anticipations and eventualities. Another brilliant and poetic novel from a spectacular Australian writer.


  • Lisa

    I loved the sections from Jay's childhood - the incredible, strong friendship between the country kids. I wasnt as keen on the modern day story, which is why it got less stars.


  • Kate Forsyth

    A beautiful meditation on the Australian landscape and the Aboriginal connection to it, Where the Trees Were is a must-read for anyone who has ever swung on a tyre over a slow-moving brown river or lain on the ground looking up at a scorching blue sky through the shifting leaves of a gum tree. Told in Inga Simpson’s deceptively simple style, the novel moves back and forth between the adulthood and childhood of a Canberra art curator called Jay. In the past lie tragedies and misunderstandings t [...]


  • Deborah

    Like Nest, the events of Where The Trees Were unfold in two timeframes. We meet Jay and her friends in 1987. The only child of cattle (and later sheep) farmers in Lachlan Valley (in rural NSW), Jay spends her days with her best friends – all boys – from neighbouring properties. They’re about to start high school and know they’re on the precipice of change.In 2004, Jayne is working as an art historian / conservationist in Canberra. She’s in a relationship with Sarah and – again – at [...]


  • Robin

    I had no idea what arborglyphs were until I read this book, and in this book they refer to indigenous burial trees. Jay and her four childhood friends discover a grove of such trees and vow to protect it. But their attempt ends in disaster and seventeen years later Jay has an opportunity to redress this wrong.This is a beautiful novel - simply, yet eloquently written, and among other things is a moving coming of age story. And so Australian you can almost smell the eucalypts in the pages!


  • Hannah Wattangeri

    A delightful book about a young woman growing up in rural NSW, her bonds with her mostly male friends, and about the Wiradjuri burial trees and their destruction by white invaders and their removal for display in galleries and museums. And how years later she is able to make amends. Her descriptions of the Australian natural landscape is evocative, as is her respect for the Wiradjuri people.


  • Nadia King

    Have you ever heard of tree burials? I found the central tenet of arborglyphs utterly intriguing in Inga Simpson’s latest novel ‘Where the Trees Were’. Arborglyphs are carvings etched into living wood. The story centres around a grove of ancient trees situated on Jayne’s family farm. It tells the story of Jayne; from her childhood growing up in a rural, agricultural community to her work as an adult in art conservation in Canberra.‘Where the Trees Were’ is contemporary fiction and wi [...]


  • Lesley Moseley

    I loved, the history, contemporary, and informative, well-written, exciting, realistic etc of this novel, and never wanted it to end. Do hope it becomes the first of a series Such an important and unknown to me, subject of 'stolen' carved Aboriginal , grave markers.


  • Laurena

    This author is like being with a friend. The story is well written and makes the reader experience growing up in country Australia. Another great novel from this author.


  • Brona's Books

    I realised that Ambelin Kwaymullina's comment “to find yourself in story is the right of every child” is also the right of every adult. I was ridiculously excited to read a story set in my own backyard and to see so many of my childhood experiences reflected in Where the Trees Were.The alternating chapters that featured the adult story were set in Canberra. The childhood wrongs were gradually revealed through adult eyes. Subtle layers of meaning were peeled back. Indigenous land rights, buri [...]


  • Jenny Esots

    The intertwining lives of a group of children who are scarred by events in their childhood.Beautifully realised.Inga Simpson is a nature writer who writes deceptively simple prose that invites you into the fold.Being of the same era as these children I related to a lot of the life and times of kids growing up in the 1970's without being over scheduled and tied to screens.


  • Kath Alexander

    I loved this. As a public servant in Canberra who works with rivers, I could relate to almost all the settings and the vagaries of the public bureaucracy. I had never heard of arboroglyphs before but felt very protective of them by the end of the book, to the point of reading more about them. It also tied in to a lot of things about indigenous culture that have been coming up in my life.


  • Suzanne Northcott

    this is terrific. Hopefully not just for folk like me who have grown up and/or work in the Canberra triangle (of Bermuda?). Will make Chrissie prezzies easy this year


  • MisterHobgoblin

    Inga Simpson is not an Aboriginal writer, but Where The Trees Went is a novel that engages very much with Aboriginal culture and heritage. This is a risky path to follow; it is easy to draw accusations of cultural appropriation or insensitivity. But it is important that some white Australian writers are willing to take this risk. It is important that white Australian readers be exposed not just to authentic Aboriginal voices telling stories of their own culture, but also get to hear perspectives [...]


  • Ria

    Once again Simpson manages to allow us to enter a world of such raw beauty, within each page we find ourselves knee deep in both past and present. Her skill at describing childhood and all its emotions, that time of not quite being comfortable in your skin is achingly breath taking. But as is Simpons way, 'Where the Trees Were' is so much more, her attention to detail leaves me longing for more about our Indigenous culture, sacred sites and artefacts.


  • Kerri Jones

    Another great addition to the Miles Franklin longlist for 2017 I'm not sure why this didn't make it to the shortlist! It had all the ingredients for a completely Australian story; indigenous interests; a country town; working in government departments; Australian art and a historical context that moved seamlessly between 1987 and 2004. Loved it.


  • Kirra

    Where the Trees Were is a deep and touching story with a lot of real facts and culture behind it. I wasn't expecting to enjoy this book so much because it's not something I would have picked up on my own since I don't read a lot of adult fiction that isn't thriller or fantasy. So I'm glad The Big Book Club sent my book club copies of this book for myself and my friends to read because so far the people that have finished it already have loved it.The book follows five young children, Jay, Kieran, [...]


  • Victoria

    interesting read with some well written and wonderful childhood moments. I enjoyed this book with the history and cultural aspects.


  • Teena

    I am so happy when I read such a well written Australian novel by a young author.


  • Sharon Mogg

    I was really surprised and glad to enjoy this book. It started slow but I was so interested to find out how these two perspectives were linked, that I stuck with the book. At first I was relieved to be able to follow Jayne in a modern setting. It reminded me of Prue in Charmed and I also struggle to find interest in really old-timey stories, but I ended up enjoying the events of her childhood a lot more! There were lots of sad moments that changed this girl and allowed her to become the person s [...]


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