Ellen Cregan

Ellen Cregan is the marketing and events coordinator.

Reviews

The Witches Are Coming by Lindy West

Lindy West’s is the voice we need in 2019 – she’s snarky, sensible, accessible, inclusive and aware, and above all, hilarious. In The Witches are Coming, West takes her reader on a journey through po…

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Grand Union by Zadie Smith

There are few things more exciting to me than new writing by the literary goddess-tier author Zadie Smith. Her latest offering, Grand Union, brings together nineteen short stories set across differen…

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Unfollow by Megan Phelps-Roper

Megan Phelps-Roper was born into the infamous fringe Christian sect, the Westboro Baptist Church, well-known for its intense homophobia and picketing protests at soldiers’ funerals. Mostly made up of…

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The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

A disclaimer before I begin – I read this book very quickly, and these are my first impressions. And there are minor spoilers below, so if you’d prefer to be a blank slate for this book, read no furt…

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Fleishman is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Toby Fleishman is going through a divorce, and is feeling quite sorry for himself. Toby is a highly regarded hepatologist working in a prestigious New York hospital. He has two children, Solly and Ha…

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Lucky Ticket by Joey Bui

There is nothing quite like reading a wonderful collection of short stories – I believe that the power of fiction to mentally transport us is at its strongest in this shorter, punchier format. Joey B…

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The Trespassers by Meg Mundell

The Trespassers shifts between the points of view of three migrants travelling from overcrowded, disease-ridden countries to a better future – Billie, a Scottish healthcare worker; Cleary, a young Ir…

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Bowraville by Dan Box

Twenty-nine years ago in the tiny, rural NSW town of Bowraville, three Aboriginal children were killed within six months of each other: teenagers Colleen Walker-Craig and Clinton Speedy-Duroux, and f…

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This Taste for Silence by Amanda O'Callaghan

Short fiction is a versatile and, in my opinion, very useful form of writing. A good short story can immerse you in a totally new world over the course of a train trip, or help you consider things fr…

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Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

Queenie’s life is not going to plan. She and her long-term partner are on a break that has no end in sight. She’s been forced to move out of the flat they shared together and into a disgusting shareh…

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Killing Eve: Season 1 by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

Some television shows beg to be binged, others are better enjoyed slowly. Killing Eve, painfully for me, is both. As each episode finished, I desperately wanted to hit play on the following one, but …

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Gingerbread by Helen Oyeyemi

The Lee family gingerbread is legendary – it has been known to cause obsession in a single bite. Margot and her daughter Harriet are quite unusual. They come from the land of Druhástrana, which doesn…

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Beyond Words: A Year with Kenneth Cook by Jacqueline Kent

In 1985, Jacqueline Kent was living in Sydney and working as a freelance book editor. At a dinner party, she met Kenneth Cook, author of classic Australian novel Wake in Fright. The two quickly fell …

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Wintering by Krissy Kneen

Jessica is a PhD candidate living in southernmost Tasmania, studying the activity of the glow worms that inhabit Winter Cave, an untouched haven she discovered herself. Aside from study and work, Jes…

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Inappropriation by Lexi Freiman

Ziggy Klein is fifteen years old, and has just left her comfortable, Jewish high school for the chaos of the uber prestigious Kandara Girls School, where Sydney’s elite send their teenagers. Surround…

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The Fireflies of Autumn by Moreno Giovannoni

In this debut work of fiction, Moreno Giovannoni brings together many tales from the small town of San Ginese in Tuscany, Italy. While the stories of The Fireflies of Autumn are fictional, San Ginese…

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Sculptor by Luluc

Australian indie-folk duo Luluc’s third studio album, Sculptor, is laid-back indie-folk in the vein of artists like Nick Drake, Angus and Julia Stone, and Sufjan Stevens. Randell and Hassett’s wonder…

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Pink Mountain on Locust Island by Jamie Marina Lau

Sometimes a book comes along that doesn’t just make me very happy, but also makes me excited for the future. Jamie Marina Lau’s debut novel, Pink Mountain on Locust Island, is one such book. Told in …

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The Lucky Galah by Tracy Sorensen

Lucky is a galah living in the remote town of Port Badminton, on the north-west coast of Australia, and she is a born storyteller. With the help of a defunct satellite dish, which can sporadically co…

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Domestic Interior by Fiona Wright

When I was at uni, one of my favourite tutors gave me an excellent, simple piece of advice on writing poetry. She said the title of the poem should be treated as its first line, and ideally set the t…

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The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

Prosper and his little brother Bo have run away to the magical city of Venice, following the death of their beloved mother. They join forces with a group of young runaways taking shelter in an abando…

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The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser

I have to be honest – this is the first time I’ve ever read Michelle de Kretser. She is one of those names in Australian literature who has been on my mental ‘to read’ list for quite some time. I’m g…

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Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Imagine living in a world where every act you undertake is politicised, against your will. For some readers, this will be a reality. Kamila Shamsie’s latest novel, Home Fire, depicts this very phenom…

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Rain Birds by Harriet McKnight

Pina and Alan have lived in Boney Point, a town in rural East Gippsland, for decades. When Alan develops early-onset dementia, the fiercely independent Pina struggles to give up her life to care for …

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Siren by Rachel Matthews

After a night of underage clubbing, 16-year-old Jordi Spence goes home with with two late-career AFL players. They are both more than double her age. Hours later she leaves, bruised and emotionally b…

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Anna by Niccolo Ammaniti

The world has ended. All the adults are dead, carried off by a mysterious virus known only as the Red Fever. Nobody is immune – as children begin to go through puberty, they know it’s only a matter o…

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Deeper Than the Sea by Nelika McDonald

Theo and her teenage daughter Beth live a quiet life in a small and isolated coastal Victorian town. Theo works in the local library, Beth at a bistro while she completes her studies. Theo enjoys pot…

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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

It’s unusual to come across a novel that makes you feel like you are part of a world, and simultaneously totally ignorant of every aspect of that world. This paradox of belonging is what I’ve taken a…

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Argosy by Bella Li

In my other life, as a poetry editor for a youth-oriented quarterly journal, I consistently find myself frustrated by the lack of works in the Australian poetry scene that dabble in the historical. B…

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The Blood Miracles by Lisa McInerney

At their worst, literary sequels risk stretching a story beyond its boundaries. At their best, they give readers (and authors) the opportunity to revisit characters and settings that have already cap…

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News

Which Zadie Smith book should you read first?

by Ellen Cregan

Exciting news: Zadie Smith is coming to Melbourne as part of the Wheeler Centre’s Broadside festival. If you want to get stuck into this legendary author’s oeuvre, but aren’t sure where to begin, read on!

Interweaving 10 completely new and unpublished stories with some of her best-loved pieces from the New Yorker and elsewhere, Grand Union is a sharply alert and slyly prescient collection ab…

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Chilling reads to keep you cool in summer

by Ellen Cregan

Summer is here and Melbourne is heating up. Here, our marketing and events coordinator Ellen Cregan shares seven bookish recommendations to help you cool down. The Library of Ice by Nancy Campbell

This book takes on the mammoth task of telling the story of ice – a substance that covers a great deal of our planet, but is rapidly shrinking away. Nancy Campbell packed up her life and left on a…

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The best pop CDs of 2018

by Ellen Cregan

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 pop CDs of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2018 here.) Wide Awake! by Parquet Courts

With Wide Awake!, New York’s Parquet Courts have given us a lively punk masterpi…

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Jennifer Down wins the 2018 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction

by Ellen Cregan

The winner of the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction in 2018 is Pulse Points by Jennifer Down.

The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, now in its fifth year, is awarded to a work of fiction by an Australian author. Authors’ first and second works of fiction are eligible for the prize. The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction is one of three literary prizes that Readings awards…

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The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2018

by Ellen Cregan

Congratulations to the six authors shortlisted for The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2018. Now in its fifth year, the prize recognises exceptional new contributions to local literature.

Over the past twelve months, the judging panel considered more than ninety books which made for some difficult decisions. The six books listed here represent the most daring new voices in Australian l…

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Go vegan with one of these terrific cookbooks

by Ellen Cregan

Readings bookseller Ellen Cregan shares some of her favourite cookbooks for going vegan. For a good cause

Edgar’s Mission is an animal sanctuary that cater to creatures of all sizes, from guinea pigs to regular pigs. At the end of 2017, Cooking With Kindness was released to help raise funds for the organisation. This cookbook brings together dozens of recipes from some of Australia’s favour…

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