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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Who knows what the new year will bring? If I’ve learnt anything in 2023, it’s to expect the unexpected. Let’s all do what we can, when we can, to help each other and make the world a better place, but not beat ourselves up if it doesn’t work out as we hope. Let’s default to kindness and optimism, love and generosity, fun and friendship. Let’s all read more books and share them if we love them. To all the writers, let’s all try and write some good words, but not be despondent or feel overwhelmed if we don’t achieve our own expectations. To those lucky enough to be publishing books in 2024, congratulations and I hope I have the honour of reading your work. Let’s thank our librarians and our booksellers for sharing their knowledge. Let’s honour the work but recognise that life happens and sometimes we need to roll with it. I wish you all a very happy and successful new year, whatever that means for you.

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Found, Wanting – Natasha Scholl

I inhaled this memoir in one breathless sitting, astonished at the energy, rawness and honesty of Natasha Sholl’s Found, Wanting (Ultimo Press 2022). This is a story about grief, loss and death but it is also an interrogation of the narrator’s feelings and beliefs (some perfectly normal, some irrational) about her part in the lives of those who have died, the terrible agony of living with grief, and the resilience she shows in the face of despair.

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Whenever You’re Ready – Trish Bolton

Novels that feature ‘more mature women’ (read those in their 60’s and 70’s and above) are rare (often because that demographic is ‘invisible’ in real life), so it’s lovely to read a story with the key protagonists at this stage in their lives, all experiencing different aspects of the relentless march of time. Trish Bolton has created a beautiful story in her debut novel Whenever You’re Ready (Allen and Unwin 2024), a tale that brims with heart, warmth, wit, tenderness, compassion and the knowing wisdom that comes with each passing year.

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