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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Kokomo – Victoria Hannan

The debut novel by Victoria Hannan, which won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for an Unpublished Manuscript, is the remarkable Kokomo (Hachette 2020), a story written in residencies around the world from Brazil to Tasmania to Iceland to Victoria, and yet while encompassing a world view, it is a fine-tuned, intimate portrait of the minutiae of a domestic life shattered by grief.

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The Performance – Claire Thomas

The Performance (Hachette 2021) by Claire Thomas is set entirely over the course of a theatre performance of Beckett. The auditorium is artificially cold and draughty, a bold contrast with the bushfires that are raging outside the city and threatening the nearby hills. The story is narrated by three people.

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