'Assonantal and alliterative, and peppered with Scots and Doric vocabulary … Meggie’s voice is poetic and convincing, while a gentle metaphorical undertow invites the reader to make connections that may not be immediately apparent.'
'Elemental features a supple poetry of prose, a music that is both unique to time and circumstance and yet timeless and universal … It’s an example of the way language and dialect work like grace notes giving wings to a four-square dance.'
The West Australian
'Elemental continues Amanda Curtin’s fruitful fascination with memory, history and the generational legacies of family, following her debut novel The Sinkings and her collection of short stories Inherited…this is another moving novel from a unique Australian fiction writer.'
'Meggie’s voice is entirely convincing, and her life story is absorbing: the reader is soon pulled into the slow tide of the narrative, rolling with the rhythms and lilt of the Scottish tongue … Curtin has produced a beautifully realised character in Meggie Tulloch, and Elemental is deeply satisfying and gracefully composed.'
Australian Book Review
‘One of my favourite books of the year … A gripping read, historically detailed and a fascinating story.’