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The Comfort Of Figs

As a city is made, a family’s destiny is changed forever. The unforgettable story of the birth of a city, the power of obsession and the burden of a family secret.

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1939. A bridge is built, and a country town becomes a city. Three young men forge a close friendship as they labour precariously high above the river, but one slip transforms their lives.

A generation later, Robbie, a young landscaper, is grappling with those who should be closest to him – his father, whose past is linked with the iconic bridge, and his girlfriend, Freya, who is left shattered after a vicious assault.

Simon Cleary, author of The War Artist, The Comfort Of Figs, and Closer to Stone

Simon Cleary

Simon Cleary is the author of three novels, including The Comfort of Figs (2008), which was published after the manuscript was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. His second novel, Closer to Stone (2012), was inspired by his experiences in North Africa at the commencement of the Algerian civil war in the 1990s. It went on to win the Queensland Literary Awards People’s Choice Award in 2012. Simon’s third novel, The War Artist, was published in 2019. He lives in Brisbane.