A poignant novel by a fresh Australian voice,
The Promise Seed will move and
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.
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.
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.
I’m thrilled to announce that my work is now represented by literary agent Alex Adsett of Alex Adsett Publishing Services. I’m a long time admirer of Alex’s dynamic personality, her strong and ethical professionalism and her encouraging and uplifting manner. I’m very excited to join her list of talented authors and to begin imagining and planning for the future. Alex Adsett Publishing is on fire and achieving great things, and I look forward to a productive, mutually beneficial working relationship.
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Cilka’s Journey (Echo Publishing 2019) is the companion novel to Heather Morris’ international bestseller The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Apparently based on the true story of Cilka Klein, a minor character in the first book, this second novel follows Cilka’s journey, beginning in 1942 when, at only 16 years of age, she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp and immediately separated from the other prisoners and used by SS Officers in the time-weary way of war the world over: regular rape in return for survival and certain privileges. The book then follows her story as, after liberation from the camp, she is charged (by the Russians who rescue her) as a Nazi collaborator and sent away for a 15-year prison sentence to the isolated, desolate and brutal prison camp or gulag in Siberia known as Vorkuta.read more…
The very first words written in The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Echo 2018) by Heather Morris are these: ‘This is a work of fiction, based on the first-hand testimony of one Auschwitz survivor; it is not an authoritative record of the events of the Holocaust.’ I think it’s important to remember these words when critiquing a book that on the one hand is an international best-seller that has sold more than three million copies, and on the other hand has garnered criticism from institutions such as the Auschwitz Museum and Memorial, and from individual survivors of the Holocaust and their families. Rarely has a book so commercially successful also been so divisive.read more…
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