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

Released August 28, 2017

“…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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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.

An affecting debut from talented Australian newcomer Cass Moriarty … I’m excited to see where Moriarty goes next.

Hannah Richell

Australian Women's Weekly

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Parting Words: What are people talking about?

It’s that time of year when I’m privileged to participate in many bookshop events and book club discussions, this time of Parting Words. This is my favourite part of being a writer: connecting with readers, and listening to their thoughts and analysis of the characters and plot in my stories. Parting Words is generating a lot of contemplation around letters, legacies, loss, regrets, intergenerational trauma, ageing and the relationships between generations, the importance of speaking your mind, and the thorny topics of betrayal and forgiveness. I get so much insight out of other people’s interpretations of the story, and sometimes questions and comments surprise me! SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: An extract of Parting Words is available FREE on all Virgin Australia flights in the month of December!

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Dancing Home – Paul Collis

Paul Collis, the author of Dancing Home (UQP 2017), won the 2016 David Unaipon Award for an outstanding unpublished manuscript by an Indigenous writer. This award has paved the way for Aboriginal voices to be heard; for our country’s first storytellers to tell their stories in their own words, in their own way. The result is always impressive, sometimes surprising, and always informative. And while previous non-fiction winners have presented knowledge and historical truths, the fiction winners are no less important, conveying truths and prejudices through fictional stories. read more…

She Be Damned – M.J. Tjia

She Be Damned: A Heloise Chancey Mystery (Pantera Press 2017) is the debut novel for writer M.J. Tjia (also known as Mirandi Stanton Riwoe, author of the award-winning novella The Fish Girl). This novel is a complete departure from her literary novella. It is a crime story set in the 1800’s in London, with a strong female protagonist and a rich cast of characters, both suspects and victims.
The year is 1863, and Heloise Chancey is a determined, capable, thoroughly likeable and delightfully naughty courtesan and professional detective. read more…

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