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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The first Brisbane Literary Mafia Zoomcast was a great success. Author and advocate Bri Lee gave some helpful insight into choosing which project to work on next and I certainly found her advice very inspirational! Unfortunately Krissy was unwell and unable to attend but she will definitely be back for the next event, as always on the last Monday of the month: 27 July. Stay tuned to find out who our special guest will be next time! And of course, watch out for some great reading recommendations of latest releases by Aussie authors.

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The Inland Sea – Madeleine Watts

The Inland Sea (One / Pushkin Press 2020), the debut novel by Madeleine Watts, is not at all what I expected. From the blurb, I was prepared for an historical story about explorer John Oxley travailing the wilderness of central Australia in the 19th century, searching for water and the myth of the inland sea, but rather than this being the central tenet of the story, it is only a touchstone for the main narrative which is set in the present day and concerns Oxley’s great-great-great-granddaughter and her search for meaning in a 20-something coming of age story.

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The Dictionary of Lost Words – Pip Williams

Pip Williams’ first novel The Dictionary of Lost Words (Affirm Press 2020) is very different from her previous travel memoir One Italian Summer, about the year her family spent farming in Italy. This novel is an historical, literary exploration of the meaning we ascribe to words, particularly the gendered meaning, in a fictional story fashioned around the true facts of the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary.

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