Ellen Cregan

Ellen Cregan works as a bookseller at Readings Doncaster.

Reviews

Domestic Interior by Fiona Wright

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

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

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

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

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

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

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

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

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

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

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

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

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

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

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

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

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

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

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

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

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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News

The best art & design books of 2017

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 art and design books 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 2017 here.) Lauren Greenfield: Generation Wealth by Lauren Greenfield

In this fascinating, lushly photographe…

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