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  • Published: 2 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9780143790471
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

Welcome To Nowhere River




The highly original and heartfelt new novel from the author of The Sparkle Pages.

Long past its heyday and deep in drought, the riverside hamlet of Nowhere River is slowly fading into a ghost town. It’s a place populated by those who are beholden to it, those who were born to it and those who took a wrong turn while trying to go somewhere else.

City-born Carra married into Nowhere River, Lucie was brought to it by tragedy, Josie is root-bound and Florence knows nowhere else. All of them, though familiar with every inch of their tiny hometown, are as lost as the place itself.

The town’s social cornerstone — St Margery’s Ladies’ Club — launches a rescue plan that turns everything around and upside down, then shakes it until all sorts of things come floating to the surface. And none of its inhabitants will ever be the same again.

This is the highly original and heartfelt story of a place where everybody knows everything, but no one really knows anyone at all. Brimming with heart and humour, this is a delightful novel that celebrates the country people and towns of Australia.

'A small town in Tasmania given the warm spotlight it deserves. Funny, sad, relatable, full of people who continue to breathe well after the last page. A beautifully nuanced read from start to finish.' Marta Dusseldorp

‘Full of wit and wisdom, Welcome To Nowhere River is an uplifting page-turner, and the perfect weekend read. So why not pour yourself a cup of tea, put your feet up and visit the quirky town of Nowhere River. We promise you’ll love it there.’ Better Reading

  • Published: 2 March 2021
  • ISBN: 9780143790471
  • Imprint: Penguin eBooks
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 400

About the author

Meg Bignell

Meg Bignell was a nurse and a weather presenter on the telly before she surrendered to a persistent desire to write. Since then she has been writing almost every day – bits and pieces here and there, either to earn a crust, to get something off her chest or to entertain herself. She has written three short films, mostly because she wanted to do some acting and no one else would cast her. She sings a bit too, occasionally writes and performs cabaret, but is mostly very busy being a mother to three and a wife (to one). She lives with her family on a dairy farm on Tasmania’s East Coast.

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Praise for Welcome To Nowhere River

'I absolutely devoured this book. It is a beautiful blend of serious and funny, wise and sad, with some good helpings of irreverence and flat-out madness thrown in. I didn’t want it to end. In fact, where is this Nowhere place? I’m going there!'

Katherine Scholes

A small town in Tasmania given the warm spotlight it deserves. Funny, sad, relatable, full of people who continue to breathe well after the last page. A beautifully nuanced read from start to finish.

Marta Dusseldorp

Full of wit and wisdom, Welcome To Nowhere River is an uplifting page-turner, and the perfect weekend read. So why not pour yourself a cup of tea, put your feet up and visit the quirky town of Nowhere River. We promise you’ll love it there.

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Meg Bignell Q&A

The Welcome To Nowhere River author on the art of noticing, the importance of community and finding time to write.

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