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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Workshop change of date / Author talks

Due to an unavoidable date clash, QWC has changed the workshop The End is Only the Beginning to Saturday, 27 April from 2pm to 5pm (changed from 6 April). Apologies to anyone who had already booked. I hope you are able to make the new date. The events calendar on the left shows my upcoming workshops and seminars (some are free!) And I’ll be in conversation with some amazing authors over the coming months, including Mark Brandi, Graeme Simsion, JP Pomare, Mirandi Riwoe and Meg Vann. If you attend an event, don’t be shy – introduce yourself and say hi!

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What Am I Reading?

Normal People – Sally Rooney

There has been a lot of hype about Normal People (Faber & Faber Books 2018), the second novel by young Irish author Sally Rooney. Readers are raving about it. But pinpointing what exactly they love about this story is hard to define.
This novel captivated me – it is a beautifully-written, simple account of the relationship between two young people, a portrait of friendship and love; a finely detailed account of their interior lives. What makes it special is the intense drilling down by the author into the feelings of these characters – their desire, their greed, their jealousy, their contempt, their attraction – which makes us as readers think more deeply about these emotions in our own lives. read more…

Goodwood – Holly Throsby

After reading Holly Throsby’s recent release Cedar Valley, I was keen to read her debut novel Goodwood (Allen & Unwin Books 2016). The two fictional towns, set in the rural south of Australia, are depicted with a keen eye for the claustrophobic life of small communities and well-tuned antennae for the complex social relationships upon which such places thrive. read more…

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