Ellen Cregan

Ellen Cregan is the marketing and events coordinator.

Reviews

Wintering by Krissy Kneen

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

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

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

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

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

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

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

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

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

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

Reviewed by Ellen Cregan

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

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 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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Five​ ​books​ ​I​ ​couldn’t ​get​ ​out​ ​of​ ​my​ ​head in 2017

by Ellen Cregan

Doncaster bookseller Ellen Cregan shares five books that she read this year – and still can’t get out of her head. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

This is a tough book to read. Turtle is 14 and lives in rural California with her doomsday prepping father from which she suffers sexual abuse and terrifying mood swings, often escaping into the woods to avoid him. She is an outcast at sch…

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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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