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Alison Croggon

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Born in 1962, Alison Croggon is one of a generation of Australian poets which emerged in the 1990s. She writes in many genres, including criticism, theatre and prose.

Alison Croggon is the author of the young adult fantasy quartet, The Books of Pellinor. The first volume was nominated in two categories in the Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction in December 2002 and named one of the Notable Books of 2003 by the Children's Book Council of Australia. The series has since been released to critical and popular acclaim in the US, the UK and Europe. Her new novel Black Spring will be released in 2012 and a children's book, Jimmy Wonderspoon (ages 9-12), is available as an ebook.

Her poetry has been published widely in a...more

So much for faithfully keeping up with myself! The truth is that blogging about myself comes a long way behind the other occasional writing - reviews, essays etc - that I do, and hence poor old Reimkenner is shamefully neglected. I am now logging all my online writing at in a desperate attempt to at least get everything in one place. But microblogging and twitter seems... Read more of this blog post »
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Today’s post is on “The Crow” by Alison Croggon and it is the third book of Pellinor. It is 511 pages long including maps, notes, and appendices. It is published by Candlewick Press. The cover has the three main characters on it with Hem, who has... " Read more of this review »
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" My poetry-reading ego likes Croggon's poetry, so I thought I'd give these a go with my genre-fiction id. This first in the series is a very traditional epic fantasy, with lots of nods to Tolkien but a more modern sensibility (which in itself owes... " Read more of this review »
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“We are all mistaken sometimes; sometimes we do wrong things, things that have bad consequences. But it does not mean we are evil, or that we cannot be trusted ever afterward.”
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“Love is one of the true mysteries,' he said at last. 'The truest and the deepest of all. One thing, Maerad: to love is never wrong. It may be disastrous; it may never be possible; it may be the deepest agony. But it is never wrong.”
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Alison Croggon Amanda wrote: "Thank you for being an amazing author! I have read the books of Pellinor multiple times and I still enjoy every word :)"

Many thanks, Amanda! Struggling along now with another Pellinor book, and it's very encouraging to hear.

Amanda Thank you for being an amazing author! I have read the books of Pellinor multiple times and I still enjoy every word :)

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Karen Tyrrell Thanks Alison for friending,
Please check out Me and Her: A Memoir of Madness,
A Teachers gutsy story of harassment, mental breakdown & Recovery.

Allison Awesome, thanks!

Alison Croggon Hi Allison - yes, a new book, Black Spring, is finished and forthcoming. But it will be a while before it's actually published.

Allison I loved your Pellinor series! Are you ever going to write anything new? Or do you already have a new book out and have I just missed it...?

Thanks! :)

Alison Croggon Hi Adrianja! Delighted to hear that you like the Pellinor books. Being a mod is above and beyond the call of duty.

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