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  • Published: 29 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143781592
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

Elegy




In a small Australian town, the most epic love story in history is unfolding . . . again.

Everybody knows everyone in Kincasey, and nothing ever happens. That’s what Jenny thinks when she moves there – until she meets the mysterious Michael Webster.

But when Michael gets into a fight with the town bully, long-held resentments simmer to the surface, loyalties are tested, and Jenny finds herself the centre of attention. Her situation isn’t helped by a deepening friendship with Michael’s stepbrother, Gabe, or her jealousy of Gabe’s beautiful but aloof sister, Caitlin.

Caitlin is the only one who knows the terrible truth: this isn’t the first life she and Michael have lived. They have a destiny to fulfil – and it’s time for Michael’s powers to awaken. But what use is power if it can’t give you what you most desire?

  • Pub date: 29 August 2016
  • ISBN: 9780143781592
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $19.99

About the Author

Jane Abbott

A single mother of two teenaged boys, Jane was born in the UK, raised in the leafy suburbs of Sydney’s North Shore, and now divides her time between Melbourne and central Victoria. Jillaroo, nurse, secretary, short-time teacher, office administrator (followed by a reluctant career in marketing), she has tried her hand at most things and lived in many places.

Her second manuscript, Watershed, was written in 2013; it received a Commendation in the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, and secured Jane a place in the ACT Writers’ Hardcopy Professional Development Program for Australian Writers (Fiction Edition), where she met her future literary agent.

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Praise for Elegy

“Elegy is a modern fairy tale full of subtle magic and quiet grace - an epic story of love and friendship that spans lifetimes and centuries. This gorgeous book held me completely spellbound from the first sentence . . . Lyrical and evocative, Elegy is a heartbreaking and beautifully written story that will stay with you long after you turn the last page.”

Sarah McDuling, Booktopia Young Adult Buzz Newsletter

“It’s been a while since a book has taken me on such a roller-coaster as this one did; I was hooked from the very first page! . . . Elegy is a high stake book for a number of reasons. Not only are most of the characters in their teens dealing with everything that comes along with high school angst; but there are also a lot of serious issues and matters spotlighted: true love, family dynamics and matters, adultery, alcoholism, individuality vs. community mentality, bullying, mortality, self-worth, and issues plaguing the agricultural sector, and simple life and death.”

Jess, nevendbookshelf.wordpress.com

“As soon as I opened the book, I just couldn’t stop reading. I was hooked . . . I’ve never read anything similar to this book before and therefore it felt like such a refreshing change from the ‘Chosen One’ trope . . . Overall, Elegy is a captivating novel that will take your breath away and leave you unable to think about anything else.”

Sarah, writtenwordworlds.wordpress.com

“This is my first story by author Jane Abbott and it definitely won't be the last. I just fell in love with this book and couldn't get enough of it. From the first page I was drawn in, Abbott's writing is simply fascinating and unique. I found the characters to be intriguing, fun and easy to connect with. Everything just flowed so well together, with vivid detail you get lost within the pages. This book is just amazing and I highly recommend picking up a copy.”

Stacey, sassybooklovers.blogspot.com.au

“The plot is intricate and compelling. Abbott executes the narrative expertly and had me intrigued from the first chapter. The characterisation is strong, the dialogue realistic and the twists and reveals in the plot gripping. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for teen and older readers. It is one that will be revisited by many.”

Liz Derouet, Reading Time


Awards & Recognition

  • Aurealis Awards

    Shortlisted • 2016 • Best Young Adult Novel

  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards

    Shortlisted • 2017 • Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature


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