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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With most of the country in and out of lockdown or quarantine, at least we all have books to provide some escapism from our lounge rooms. Stories about other places and other times will take you away when you most need it. Your ongoing support for authors by buying or borrowing or recommending your favourite books is helping to keep the literary community thriving, including booksellers and publishers. Read a book. Buy a book. Borrow a book. Recommend a book. Join a bookclub. Subscribe to a literary journal. Follow authors you admire on social media. Be a good literary citizen. Covid, vaccinations and lockdowns have unfortunately been divisive but we can all agree that STORIES ARE MAGIC and BOOKS ARE ESSENTIAL. Happy reading.

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The Stoning – Peter Papathanasiou

Yet another fantastic Australian outback rural crime noir novel debut for your holiday reading: The Stoning (Transit Lounge 2021) by Peter Papathanasiou. The first in a planned series (yay!), The Stoning features Detective Sergeant George Manolis, a richly captured policeman of Greek heritage who is summoned to the small outback town where he grew up to investigate a brutal murder.

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The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home – Joanna Nell

Practising GP and author Joanna Nell has made a name for herself writing novels that explore the complexities of ageing – the celebrations, the sadness, the unfulfilled expectations, the unrequited love, the thrill of discovering new technology, the completeness of family, the bonds of friendships old and new, the satisfaction of achieving and the thrill of a new adventure at an advanced age. Her book The Great Escape from Woodlands Nursing Home (Hachette 2020) is a heart-warming and gentle novel that is both uplifting and also shines a light on the predicaments and disadvantages of caring for the elderly in institutionalised settings. With a cheeky sense of humour and a rich cast of characters, Nell manages to provide a light-hearted read that also has a deeper message.

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