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.
Black Spring is a stunning new novel by award-winning Australian poet and author Alison Croggon. Inspired by the Gothic horror classic Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, this gripping story of love, lust, magic and betrayal is the perfect book for young adult fiction readers and fans of sophisticated fantasy. Alison can be found online: http://www.alisoncroggon.com/
“Brontë devotees will swoon.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Croggon has come up with a story that is rich and beautifully complicated, layered with intriguing politics, told by well-crafted characters.” – Australian Book Review
“In language and pitch, the pastiche is spot on … Devotees of Brontë’s original work will enjoy Croggon’s amplification of the story’s supernatural elements.” – Publisher’s Weekly
“A great book for young adults who would like something that combines a fantasy tale with the feel of a classic.” – Bookseller+Publisher
Alison Croggon is 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 is also an editor and critic. She lives in Melbourne with her husband Daniel Keene, the playwright, and their three children.
Every so often one chances upon a novel so uplifting, enthralling and immersive that it becomes a struggle to put it down. Alison Croggon’s latest fantasy tale is just such a book… Atmospheric throughout, and gripping til the end, with a tension that never abates, Black Spring is a lyrical masterpiece; a beautiful piece of literature that evokes as many emotions as the flawed, incredibly human characters it pays homage to throughout.
Publishing Arts Hub
Cleaving to the sensibility of the original, this love letter to Wuthering Heights is for fans of genuine Victorian Gothic.