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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Wolfe Island – Lucy Treloar

Wolfe Island (Picador Pan Macmillan) is the second novel from Lucy Treloar, the award-winning author of the historical Salt Creek. Wolfe Island takes us into the future instead of the past and is set on the other side of the world, in Chesapeake Bay, where the seas are rising as climate change is slowly devastating the land, reclaiming houses piece by piece. Kitty Hawke, the last inhabitant of the dying island of Wolfe, clings to her precarious existence with her wolfdog, Girl, and her makings – her repurposing of found materials into weird and wonderful, poignant and frightening, exotic and memorable sculptural artistic objects that she sells to eager collectors on the mainland. But everything changes the day Kitty’s granddaughter, Cat, arrives on a boat, with three others, escaping from who knows what, fleeing from someone or something, needing a place to hide and heading for the isolation of Wolfe Island and the unknown but assumed sanctuary of her grandmother. Kitty is unaccustomed to the company of kin or strangers and has long become used to her hermit lifestyle. But Cat is her granddaughter.

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The Man in the Water – David Burton

Author David Burton is well-known for his playwriting, his work with the Queensland Music Festival, and his award-winning non-fiction book for young people, How to Be Happy. His first novel, The Man in the Water (UQP 2019), is a page-turning and suspenseful YA story that combines a coming of age narrative with the mystery of a murder to be solved. The book opens with the line: ‘On the first day of Year 10, Shaun sees a dead body.’ A great opening, which leads us directly into the lives of the two main characters, Shaun and his best friend Will, 16-year-olds growing up in a quiet mining town in outback Queensland.

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