The Last Woman in the World
AFTER THE FIRES. AFTER THE VIRUS. THEY CAME. A remarkable literary novel from the multi-award-nominated Australian writer
It’s night, and the walls of Rachel’s home creak as they settle into the cover of darkness. Fear has led her to a reclusive life on the land, her only occasional contact with her sister.
A hammering on the door. There stands a mother, Hannah, with a sick baby. They are running for their lives from a mysterious death sweeping the Australian countryside.
Now Rachel must face her worst fears: should she take up the fight to help these strangers survive in a society she has rejected for so long?
From the critically acclaimed author of Mr Wigg and Nest, The Last Woman in the World looks at how we treat our world and each other – and what it is that might ultimately redeem us.
‘Chilling in its warnings. Powerful’ Good Reading
‘The Last Woman in the World is heart-racing, page-turning, hiding-under-the-doona stuff. A smart and pacey thriller that is also a lament for a world we have failed to care for.’ Kate Mildenhall, bestselling author of The Mother Fault
‘The Last Woman in the World is a novel of fear, fire and an uncertain future. A powerful narrative in Inga Simpson’s unique voice. Horrifying, yet humane and ultimately hopeful – a masterwork’ Angela Slatter, World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Bitterwood Bible
‘The Last Woman in the World will grab you and not let go. A necessary read that is sure to set the literary world on fire’ Christina Dalcher, author of VOX
‘An eerie fiction that mirrors the chaos that has descended on Australians recently. A heart-racing read fitting for our times’ Refinery29 Australia
‘Simpson is a graceful writer’ The Australian
‘Inga Simpson writes wondrously’ Good Reading
‘A powerful voice in Australian literature’ The Australian Women’s Weekly
‘One of the most creative nature writers of our time’ MiNDFOOD