A poignant novel by a fresh Australian voice,
The Promise Seed will move and
mesmerise you.

This is a beautifully paced debut … it’s a thoughtful portrait of friendship, family and loneliness, and Moriarty’s finely drawn characters … bring levity and pathos to a sombre but moving story.

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Parting Words is a gripping story that exposes family silences, and questions how well we really know those close to us.

…a beautifully written opening scene; and a cast of lightly drawn characters. This is a nuanced love letter to parents who have passed on; something that will no doubt resonate with many.

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The development of Cass’ third novel is assisted by a grant gratefully received from the Australia Council for the Arts.

Cass Moriarty writes movingly about family, friendship, love and relationships, exploring the themes of loyalty, loss, betrayal, guilt, redemption, grief and the importance of forgiveness.

Her stories feature histories, memories and secrets and the way in which troubled families function.

Moriarty explores family secrets, polite societal conventions, love, loss and expectation with truth, compassion and genuine feeling.

Leanne Edmistone

The Courier Mail

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Freyja and the Brisingamen Necklace – J.C. Enno

Based on Norse mythology, the children’s book Freyja and the Brisingamen Necklace (self-published by J. C. Enno) is an enchanting and engaging tale of adventure, destiny and courage. When her twin brother succumbs to a mysterious disease that threatens all the children of the village, shy and innocent Freyja must overcome her fears and travel to distant lands to seek a cure. read more…

Eggshell Skull – Bri Lee

I confess I bought Eggshell Skull ( Allen & Unwin Books 2018) way back in winter when I heard Bri Lee speak at the Maleny Celebration of Books, and then I brought it home and in the months since, it has sat on my bedside table, in my TBR pile, its very beautiful but slightly unsettling cover beckoning me, while something else – some other trepidation – held me back. I expected that the book would be confronting and raw, and it is. I knew it would be difficult to read, and in places it is. I’d heard it described as ‘self-scouring’ (Helen Garner), ‘grim and intense’ (Jane Caro) and ‘vulnerable’ (Tracey Spicer). And it is all of those things. But it is also – as described by those same women – ‘scorching’, ‘utterly triumphant’ and ‘moving and ever so wise’. read more…

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