Love. Lust. Betrayal. A dangerous obsession.
Lina is enchanting, vibrant but wilful. And her eyes betray her for what she truly is – a witch. With her childhood companion, Damek, she has grown up privileged and spoiled and the pair are devoted to each other to the point of obsession. But times are changing. Vendetta is coming. And tragedy is stalking the halls of the Red House. A stunning new novel by Alison Croggon, inspired by the Gothic classic Wuthering Heights.
‘This figure I see in the foreground, this me. How monstrous am I? What does it mean to be a monster? From Latin monstrum, meaning an abomination … grotesque, hideous, ugly, ghastly, gruesome, horrible …
‘I was born as part of a monstrous structure — the grotesque, hideous, ugly, ghastly, gruesome, horrible relations of power that constituted colonial Britain. A structure that shaped me, that shapes the very language that I speak and use and love. I am the daughter of an empire that declared itself the natural order of the world.’
From award-winning writer and critic Alison Croggon, Monsters is a hybrid of memoir and essay that takes as its point of departure the painful breakdown of a relationship between two sisters. It explores how our attitudes are shaped by the persisting myths that underpin colonialism and patriarchy, how the structures we are raised within splinter and distort the possibilities of our lives and the lives of others. Monsters asks how we maintain the fictions that we create about ourselves, what we will sacrifice to maintain these fictions — and what we have to gain by confronting them.
THE FOURTH AND FINAL BOOK IN THE CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED PELLINOR SERIESIn a desperate race against the Dark, Maerad must try to solve the final riddle of the Treesong. Only then will the Nameless One be defeated and peace restored in the Seven Kingdoms. But Maerad only holds the key to half the riddle – her long-lost brother, Hem, has the other.Before embarking on a perilous journey to find Hem, Maerad must first wage an epic war against the Landrost. And Hem, fleeing the advances of the Black Army, must endure betrayal and mortal illness in his search for Maerad.But the Dark grows ever more powerful – will brother and sister reach one another in time or will all be lost in a final, apocalyptic battle?'Passionate, inspiring characters . . . vividly described landscapes . . . a great series of fantasy novels . . . 'THE BOOKSELLER (UK)'This is a quest narrative, one of the most durable and enchanting kinds of story . . . Croggon tells it fluently and confidently.'SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
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An atmospheric and riveting fantasy adventure, perfect for fans of Frances Hardinge and Cornelia Funke. Pip lives on his wits in the city of Clarel. When he pickpockets the wrong man, he finds himself in possession of a strange object – a heart in a silver casket. What's more, the heart seems to be trying to communicate with Pip, and the royal officials who lost it will stop at nothing to get it back.
Pip has unwittingly broken an ancient spell, and his theft will have far-reaching consequences for the whole city. As the ancient war between the Spectres and witches of Clarel reignites, the heart prepares to seek revenge for all it has suffered…
Alison Croggon conjures a rich, immersive world with brilliant and memorable characters in this captivating story of loyalty, courage and friendship.
The third book in the highly acclaimed Pellinor series
The earth is poisoned by a deep wrongness and the forces of the Nameless One grow ever stronger. The Treesong - the key to restoring peace - is lost, and only Maerad can unravel its mysteries. While she seeks answers in the north, her brother Hem makes the perilous journey south to Turbansk - aided by his pet crow, Irc - to spy on the child armies of the Dark.
Hem is haunted by his bitter past and the uncertainty of his future as evil forces threaten to destroy the city. But his destiny may be linked to the Treesong more closely than he realises...
"A ripping read... Fantasy-tastic!" - Herald Sun
"Unbelieveably fine, this book represents fantasy storytelling at its best. This exemplary novel is sure to appeal to all fantasy fans.' - Voya
The first book in the highly acclaimed Pellinor series
Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in war. She is unaware that she possesses a powerful Gift, a Gift that makes her a member of the School of Pellinor. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true heritage and extraordinary destiny unfolds. Noe, she and her teacher Cadvan must survive a perilous journey through a time and place where the dark forces they battle with stem from the deepest recesses of other-worldly terror.
This epic fantasy about Maerad and her astonishing yet dangerous Gift is an unforgettable tale. Steeped in the rich and complex landscape of Annar, a legendary world few have yet discovered, it is one of literature's most exciting stories.
"Passionate, inspiring characters... vividly described landscapes... a great series of fantasy novels..." The Bookseller (UK)
The second book in the highly acclaimed Pellinor series
Maerad is a girl with a tragic and bitter past, but her powers grow stronger by the day. Now she and her mentor, Cadvan, pursued by both the Light and the Dark, are seeking the Riddle of the Treesong - the key to restoring peace in the ravaged kingdom.
But is Maerad herself the greatest riddle of them all?
Maerad's epic quest continues as she travels from terrifying seas to vast stretches of glacial wilderness, drawn ever closer to her enemy the Winterking - the strongest ally of the Nameless One and the greatest tyrant of them all.
A woman on the verge of a breakdown begins to hear the voice of a mediaeval mystic. The convict wife of an Australian settler faces the bloody price of colonisation. A man murders his wife and flees to a country town. A girl is visited by a vampire and uncovers her hidden past.
In these four hallucinatory texts for theatre, written over the past two decades, the past is never dead: its violence reaches into the fractured present. Croggon's characters struggle through a world alienated by trauma. Some find their truths: others remain lost. Disturbing, ecstatic, ambiguous, affirming, these poems for the stage unpick the seams of reality, opening the dark places of memory.
Alison Croggon's work encompasses poetry, novels, criticism and texts for performance. She has had sixteen works produced in Australia, both libretti and plays. They include The Riders, winner of the Vocal/Choral Work of the Year in the 2015 Art Music Awards, and Mayakovsky, shortlisted for the drama prize in the 2015 Victorian Premiers Literary Awards. Her award-winning novels and collections of poetry have been widely published in the US, UK and Europe as well as in Australia. She was named 2009 Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year and her selected critical essays, Remembered Presences, was recently published by Currency Press.
The revolution has begun. But where does it end?
The stakes have never been higher. The banns are in lockdown, making it all but impossible for Dez, Bo and their friends to resist the increasing authoritarianism of Newport City. Bo believes that the mysterious power of the water is the key to winning their struggle, but Dez is deeply troubled about his increasing obsession. Meanwhile up-and-coming soap star Erin Saba is in trouble. In Newport City, there's nowhere to hide. Especially if you're Erin Saba.
The powerful sequel to Fleshers, Pinkers is the second book in the dazzling cyberpunk series Newport City by award-winning writers Alison Croggon and Daniel Keene.
A gripping epic fantasy prequel to the award-winning Books of Pellinor series by Alison Croggon.
Cadvan of Lirigon, one of the most brilliant Bards of his generation, has been exiled for a terrible crime that unleashed the power of the Bone Queen and wrought destruction across Annar. Meanwhile, in Lirigon, several unnerving events suggest that the Dark is growing in strength once again, and that the Bone Queen may yet lurk in the world. If he is to save both the living and the dead, Cadvan must once again face the evil that almost destroyed him.
Critically acclaimed fantasy author Alison Croggon introduces readers to the world of Pellinor in this compelling story of Cadvan's struggle for redemption.
Alison Croggon's fantasy quartet, The Books of Pellinor, has been steadily growing in popularity worldwide since the first volume was released in Australia in 2002. It has now sold more than three quarters of a million copies worldwide. The Gift (published in the US as The Naming), was shortlisted for two Aurealis Awards and is a CBCA Notable Book.
Praise for the Books of Pellinor
'An epic fantasy in the Tolkien tradition.' Tamora Pierce
'A tale with passion, inspiring characters, an enchanting protagonist and vividly described landscapes … will delight fans of Garth Nix.' The Bookseller
'The writing is the closest I've found to the feel of Lord of the Rings . . . I wanted to slow down and appreciate each portion of the character's journey.' Trudi Canavan, The Magicians' Guild
'Unbelievably fine . . . fantasy storytelling at its best.' VOYA, US
'Rich and passionate . . . Supremely satisfying' - Starred review, KIRKUS
'A narrative of beauties and terrors, craftily and compellingly wrought.' The Bulletin
'A ripping read . . . Fantasy-tastic!' Herald Sun
I've got all the feelings. And feelings are trouble.
When Dez accidentally kills a cop during a routine raid, everything begins to unravel. Dez is different from the other fleshers who scrape a living on the outskirts of Newport. She's a living quantum computer, the missing link between human and artificial intelligence. If Newport City OpSec knew about her abilities, she'd be dead meat. Or worse.
Dez hacks into OpSec to find out if they know her secret and uncovers a plan to exterminate millions of fleshers. She and her family decide to stop the cull, but their only allies are the bent cop Brian Mac and a shadowy group of rebels called the Alchems. What hope does this unlikely band of renegades have against the full force of Newport City?
Their only chance is to risk everything.
A dazzling new science fiction series from award-winning writers Alison Croggon and Daniel Keene.
"The coolest science fiction I've read in years - if cyberpunk dystopian SF is your jam, I highly recommend this amazing book." - Ellie Marney
"A vividly imagined post-collapse story, anchored by a sharp understanding of the ways imperfect people confront an oppressive government." - Kate Elliott
"Fleshers holds a mirror to current societal disparities and ugly elitism, not unlike young adult novels The Hunger Games and Divergent...A book that draws readers through an action-packed, multi-layered narrative and will leave them with the desire to learn more about the complex and unusual characters." - Books+Publishing
"Alison Croggon is one of the most powerful lyric poets writing today." - Australian Book Review
Raw, passionate and dazzling, Alison Croggon's poetry confronts a world fractured by different kinds of violence - patriarchal, colonial, sexual and emotional - and finds there a difficult beauty. Selected Poems 1991-2017 brings together works from all nine of her published collections, new poems and previously unpublished work. It demonstrates the full range of her art: formally inventive, intellectually curious and stylistically assured.
"It is in the supra-personal realm that these two most interestingly experimental poets [MTC Cronin and Alison Croggon] seem to be going. Their lyric 'I' is not the often vapid, dull but clever 'I' or lack of it that often prevails in some curiously passive male poetry. Both accord with Tielhard de Chardin who, in The Phenonenon of Man, states: 'To be fully ourselves it is...in the direction of convergence with the rest that we must advance - towards the other'. They have poetic voices flexible enough to avoid the fixity and biographical connection that makes the first person problematic. ...These poets transcend the lyric 'I', not by defusing it in a polymorphous voice, but by being innovative. They accept the solipsism of existence and the consequent emotive authority of the self as the traditional core of what constitutes poetry. Yet they are profoundly liberated from the oppressive politics of the narrow self." - Patricia McCarthy, Agenda
"Alison Croggon's poetry is distinguished by passion, intelligence and intense moral honesty." - George Szirtes
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