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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I’m so excited to be sharing some positive news in this time of uncertainty. Once again, Avid Reader Bookshop is thinking ahead in terms of ways to continue important (life-saving?!) engagement between authors and readers. Avid has set up a Zoom series of online author in-conversation events. These will be live-streamed, with the audience able to ask questions at the end through the text function on Zoom (easy!) which will then be answered by the featured author. It’s not the same as being in store (you have to supply your own wine and cheese!) but in this chaotic time, it is definitely a safe and socially distant activity in which you can participate, keeping you involved with the literary community, supporting authors, booksellers and publishers, and you can do it all from the comfort and privacy of your own home! The first Zoom event will be held on Tuesday 24 March from 6.30pm to 7pm and will be a FREE TRIAL event with Avid’s Fiona Stager and I discussing NEW AUSTRALIAN FICTION.

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Second Sight – Aoife Clifford

Second Sight (Simon and Schuster 2018), the second crime novel by Irish/Australian writer Aoife Clifford, is set in an Australian country town where everybody knows everybody else and they all remember their past shared histories.

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Butterfly Yellow – Thanhha Lai

Butterfly Yellow (UQP 2020) by Vietnamese / American Thanhha Lai is an extraordinary own voices story of the trauma of a refugee combined with the unlikely friendship between two young people. Inspired by the author’s own experience of being a refugee, this YA novel tells the tale of Hang, a child who – in the last days of the Vietnam War – takes her even younger brother Linh to the airport in a desperate bid to get away to safety. But while Linh is snatched from her arms and put on a plane, Hang is left behind, too old (at 12) to board. The only clue to her brother’s destination is the card thrust into her hand, which reads ‘Amarillo, Texas’.

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