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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End of year events…

Hard to believe we’re heading towards the end of the year, but here we are. There are some brilliant releases out in the coming weeks, including Trent Dalton’s second novel and the latest Jane Harper. Trent will be our guest at the October Brisbane Literary Mafia and November will feature Anita Heiss. As always, these half hour zoom cast events will include my top five reading recommendations by Aussie authors for the month. Some great conversations coming up too – I’ll be chatting to the very amusing Richard Glover about his dog Clancy, discussing Monique Mulligan’s debut fiction novel, and I’m so pleased to be launching the Lighthouse anthology with stories by a range of emerging authors. All details in the Events section. Congratulations to everyone involved with the Queensland Literary Awards which saw a whole host of emerging and established writers taking home prizes!

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Rivers: The Lifeblood of Australia – Ian Hoskins

Just in time for Christmas ideas for the nature lovers in your life is this stunning, hardcover book Rivers – The Lifeblood of Australia (National Library of Australia 2020), by award-winning author Ian Hoskins. Filled with gorgeous photographs, maps, old black and white images and drawings, Rivers explores the life-giving veins that run through our mostly arid country, and what the rivers mean to us historically, culturally, developmentally and sustainably.

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Flyaway – Kathleen Jennings

Oh, what a strange and wonderful gothic novella is Flyaway (Picador 2020) by debut author Kathleen Jennings. The prose in this magical story is beautiful, evocative, and endlessly fascinating. It reads like a fairy tale or a fable, a myth or a legend.

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