Ellen Cregan

Ellen Cregan works as a bookseller at Readings Doncaster.

Reviews

Rain Birds by Harriet McKnight

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

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

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

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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Ink by Alice Broadway

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

In Leora’s world, people wear their hearts on their sleeves – literally. Hers is a culture where each significant life event is commemorated with tattoos. Birthdays, new careers, and even heartbreak,…

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See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

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The case of Lizzie Borden is one that has sustained public interest for over one hundred years. She has gone down in history as the daughter who, as the rhyme goes, ‘took an axe, and gave her father …

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An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

Krissy Kneen is, to me, a literary unicorn. She’s bizarre, but remarkable. This book consumed me, and toyed with most of my emotions. Arousal and disgust met with joy and existential, almost tear-ind…

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The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy

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The Possessions is a novel that dips its toes into a number of genres with ease. Within its pages you’ll find supernatural spirit channelling brought on by advanced medicine, an illicit, obsessive ro…

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