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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Another exciting literary year ahead…

My first literary gig for the year will be to interview Trent Dalton in person about his dazzling second book All Our Shimmering Skies. Book through Books@Stones for 4 March. Then we can look forward to launching Tabitha Bird’s amazing new novel The Emporium of Imagination at Avid Reader on 16 April. Tab won last year’s QLA People’s Choice Award for her debut A Lifetime of Impossible Days and this book is sure to match it. Events are currently a mixture of instore and online events which gives you plenty of options to attend. Remember to book. And keep up with my ever changing section What Am I Reading?, where I provide recommendations and reviews. Happy reading everyone!

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The Price of Two Sparrows – Christy Collins

Christy Collins’ writing previously won a Seizure la Novella Prize, and her first novel The Price of Two Sparrows (Affirm Press 2021) confirms her place as an author to watch. Collins’ interest in race, religion, ethnicity, poverty, classism, exclusion and intolerance is explored through themes of belonging, friendship, ideals, family and dreams. The Price of Two Sparrows is a wonderful and accessible novel with an interesting plot that manages to ask much of the reader in terms of questioning their own beliefs and motivations.

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A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing – Jessie Tu

The title of this novel by Jessie Tu – A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing (Allen and Unwin 2020) – is absolutely apt. Jena is indeed a lonely girl, disassociated from friends, lovers, family, her musical genius, her work, and that does make her dangerous, not only to others but mostly to herself.

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