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Alison Croggon - Author

About the Author

Alison Croggon is the acclaimed author of the Books of Pellinor, a high fantasy quartet which consists of The Gift, The Riddle, The Crow and The Singing. Alison is also an award-winning poet whose work has been published extensively in anthologies and magazines internationally. She has written widely for theatre, and her plays and opera libretti have been produced all around Australia.

Alison Croggon writes...

As a child

I was born in South Africa, because my father was working there as a mining engineer. He moved the family to his native Cornwall when I was four years old, and then to Australia when I was seven. As a result, I spent most of my childhood being confused. This is probably why reading The Lord of the Rings, at ten, was such a turning-point in my life. But then, I always liked making things up.

As an adult

When I left school, I became a cadet journalist on a daily newspaper in Melbourne. I resigned after five years, in order to spend more time writing, and have written more or less full-time ever since. I had a brief period of notoriety as a theatre critic, during which I made a spot on Sixty Minutes, but otherwise I live a quiet and blameless life, in a seaside suburb of Melbourne. I am happiest when I am working hard on something new. I have three children, who are all very excited that I am writing fantasy novels, and am married to the playwright, Daniel Keene.

As an artist

I have published several books of poetry. My poetry has won, or been nominated for, numerous awards and has been published internationally, in many journals. I have written extensively for the theatre, including two operas and several plays, which have been produced all over Australia. I am also a critic and literary editor. I started writing fantasy in 1999, and The Gift was nominated for two Aurealis awards in 2002.

Things you didn't know about Alison Croggon

  1. I hate swimming and was always chosen last for teams in schools sports.
  2. I like Swiss chocolate.
  3. I love playing Nintendo.
  4. I like big dogs but own a Chihuahua.
  5. One of my three cats has only three legs.
  6. I love coffee and think I was born to sit in cafes.
  7. I have a Dalmatian dressing gown (white with black spots), which makes my children laugh.
  8. I cannot ride a bike, but can ride a horse.
  9. I am a very bad gardener, but love gardens.
  10. I have been to Iceland and eaten dried fish that tasted like cardboard.

 

Featured books by Alison Croggon

Other books by Alison Croggon

Singing

Singing

Author: Alison Croggon Format: eBook Release Date: 12/07/2011

In an increasingly battle-ravaged land, Maerad, Cadvan, and Hem desperately search for one another as they make their separate journeys. The Black Army is advancing north, and even as Maerad faces a mighty confrontation with the Landrost to save Innail, all of the Seven Kingdoms are threatened with bitter and devastating defeat. Yet in Maerad and Hem lives the secret to the mysterious Singing, and legend holds that if they release the music of Elidhu together, they have the power to defeat the Nameless One. Can brother and sister find each other in time to fight this all-powerful enemy, and are they strong enougheven reunitedto defeat him before all is lost?The climactic volume of the epic quartet follows the Bards of Edil-Amarandh on a vital quest to merge their powers against a nameless evil.

Crow

Crow

Author: Alison Croggon Format: eBook Release Date: 14/06/2011

While Maerad journeys in the far north, her brother, Hem, is sent south to the golden city of Turbansk. There he learns the ways of the Bards and discovers a hidden gift when he rescues a white crow. But when the forces of the Dark threaten, Hem flees with his protector, Saliman, and a young orphan girl named Zelika to join the Lights resistance forces. Soon Hem discovers that he, too, has a crucial role to play in the quest to solve the Riddle of the Treesong.This penultimate epic...is emotionally astute and brimming with vivid detail. Kirkus Reviews

Riddle

Riddle

Author: Alison Croggon Format: eBook Release Date: 18/05/2011

Maerad is a girl with a tragic and bitter past, but her powers grow stronger by the day. Now she and her mentor, Cadvan, hunted by both the Light and the Dark, must unravel the Riddle of the Treesong before their fractured kingdom erupts in chaos. The quest leads Maerad over terrifying seas and vast stretches of glacial wilderness, ever closer to the seductive Winterkingally of her most powerful enemy, the Nameless One. Trapped in the Winterking's icy realm, Maerad must confront what she has suspected all along: that she is the greatest riddle of all.

Naming

Naming

Author: Alison Croggon Format: eBook Release Date: 12/04/2011

Maerad is a slave in a desperate and unforgiving settlement, taken there as a child when her family is destroyed in war. She doesnt yet know she has inherited a powerful gift, one that marks her as a member of the noble School of Pellinor and enables her to see the world as no other can. It is only when she is discovered by Cadvan, one of the great Bards of Lirigon, that her true identity and extraordinary destiny unfold. Now, she and her mysterious teacher must embark on a treacherous, uncertain journey through a time and place where the forces of darkness wield an otherworldly terror.

The Crow The Third Book of Pellinor

The Crow The Third Book of Pellinor

Author: Alison Croggon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/07/2006

Whilst his sister, Maerad, pursues her dangerous destiny in the frozen North, Hem is sent south to Turbansk for his own safety. But soon the forces of the Dark overrun the great city and Hem flees with his mentor Saliman, his white crow Irc, and a young orphan girl Zelika, to join the resistance. He agrees to help fight the Nameless One by spying on the child armies of the Dark. But, in the Light's underground base, Hem has a vision - he too has a part to play in Maerad's quest for the Treesong...

The Riddle

The Riddle

Author: Alison Croggon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2005

The second thrilling book in the Pellinor trilogy, set in a legendary world steeped in a rich and complex culture. 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. This mysterious Riddle holds the key to restoring peace to her ravaged kingdom and defeating the enemies she is fated to battle. But what is the true nature of those enemies, and of the Riddle? And is Maerad herself the greatest riddle of all?

Common Flesh

Common Flesh

Author: Alison Croggon, John Kinsella Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/02/2005

The Common Flesh is Alison Croggon's third full-length collection of poetry. It is a compelling work in which the often very personal subject-matter of the poems is expressed, as the poet says, to create a quality of tension between raw emotional immediacy and a formal poetic aesthetic... . With their structural delicacy, emotional impact and archetypal resonances, these are powerful and enduring poems.

The Gift

The Gift

Author: Alison Croggon Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 03/05/2004

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 marks her as 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. Now she and her teacher, Cadvan, must survive a punishing and uncertain journey through a time and place where the dark forces they battle with stem from the deepest recesses of other-worldly terror.

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