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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Your state writing centre, local writing groups (often found at libraries) and also your local bookstores often have great opportunities for courses and networking. In Brisbane, QWC, Brisbane Libraries and bookstores such as Avid Reader Bookshop, Riverbend Books and Books@Stones offer everything from a quiet writing space to author talks to skills courses and networking events. Over the coming months, I will be in conversation with authors Garry Disher, Gabrielle Jackson, Melanie Myers and Heather Morris with a great selection of fiction, crime, memoir and non-fiction. I’m also presenting FREE writing workshops at Logan (see events section for details). Book here: https://avidreader.com.au/events for a wide selection of events at Avid Reader Bookstore, including workshops, author talks and quiet writing space at The Monday Office.

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The Van Apfel Girls are Gone – Felicity McLean

The debut novel by Felicity McLean, The Van Apfel Girls are Gone (Harper Collins 2019), is a page-turning mystery written with enough wistfulness and lyricism to satisfy the literary reader and enough suspense and tense plotting to entertain the reader looking for an engaging story.

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Gravity is the Thing – Jaclyn Moriarty

Jaclyn Moriarty is best known for her YA fiction but in her latest adult contemporary fiction novel, the wonderfully light-hearted Gravity is the Thing (Pan MacMillan 2019), she gives us an entertaining and whimsical modern adventure that is written with wit, poignancy and almost – but perhaps not quite – a touch of magic realism. But while, on the surface, this book is a romantic comedy, there is a serious seam running underneath that deals with some big issues of loss, grief, abandonment and mental illness.

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