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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New Year Reading and Events

2020 promises to be full of creative opportunities, fabulous reading and some fascinating author events at Avid Reader. Some upcoming events for me include: 31 Jan – an interview with Dr Ginni Mansberg about her book THE M WORD (menopause in all its glory!); 3 Feb – a discussion with JP Pomare about his new crime novel IN THE CLEARING; 20 Feb -meet Mary Garden with her family memoir SUNDOWNER OF THE SKIES; 20 April – a fantastic panel of authors on WRITING WAR including Nigel Featherstone (BODIES OF MEN), Simon Cleary (THE WAR ARTIST) and Melanie Myers (MEET ME AT LENNONS); and on 24 May – a 3-hour workshop on FINDING YOUR CHARACTER’S VOICE. Booking details on the Events section to the left. So much to look forward to in the new year!

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Bruny – Heather Rose

Who blew up the Bruny Bridge? From Heather Rose, the Stella-prize winning author of The Museum of Modern Love, comes her latest novel Bruny (Allen and Unwin 2019): a political satire, a fable, an allegorical tale about climate change and globalisation, about the collection of personal information, back room deals and cheap foreign labour, about elections and conspiracies and protest groups and international mediation. It is also Heather Rose’s love song to Tasmania – a state of unspoiled beauty and nature at its most majestic, a state separated from the Australian mainland, a state apart. This is a novel about family and loyalty, about secrets and lies, about sacrifices and choices and a strange new world.

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The M Word (How to Thrive in Menopause) – Dr Ginni Mansberg

The author of The M Word (Murdoch Books Allen and Unwin 2020) is Dr Ginni Mansberg, the host of television shows Medicine or Myth? and Embarrassing Bodies Down Under. The subtitle on the cover is ‘How to survive in Menopause’ but the word ‘survive’ has been crossed out and replaced with the word ‘thrive’. And that is this book in a nutshell – a comprehensive, medically-based, well-researched exploration of the facts around menopause, including the symptoms, the treatments (both traditional and alternative) and the emotional rollercoaster along the way. As a treating medical practitioner, and also a woman over 50, Dr Mansberg’s extensive and in-depth examination of this issue is done with the goal of helping women (and their men) understand this time of life and design a plan not just to survive or get through it, but to actually thrive and enjoy the advantages of your changing body that come from reaching a certain age.

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