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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Due to personal circumstances, my involvement in the literary community has necessarily lessened of late. I’m still reading however, although not so prolifically, and will continue to release reviews of the books I’ve read and loved. I won’t host any more events for the remainder of the year, but I hope to be more active in events and launches next year. Never has the escape of books felt more necessary to me. Keep reading, everyone. And hug tight those you love. (Please note that the events listed on my page are all still going ahead, albeit with a different interviewer, and you should definitely check out the great events planned for the coming months.) Also, a huge congratulations to Fiona Stager (and Kev) for their purchase of Riverbend Books…the only people who could possibly replace Suzy Wilson. These two independent bookstores, along with Books@Stones, are my favourites and I urge you to continue to support them by attending events and buying books.

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Strangely Enough: Short Stories for Strange Times – edited by Gillian Hagenus

We are certainly in global strange times so it seems perfect timing for this collection of the weird, the odd and the bizarre by creative Australian writers in the anthology Strangely Enough: Short Stories for Strange Times (Midnight Sun 2023), edited by Gillian Hagenus. Midnight Sun is known for publishing slightly offbeat writing that tests the parameters of reality, or plonks us directly into a world that is slightly ‘off’ (or sometimes massively so) and this collection is for those (like me) who really enjoy writers who push the boundaries and shift the kaleidoscopic lens so that what we see is either not what we think we see, or not what we expect.

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Red, White and Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

The New York Times Bestseller Red, White and Royal Blue (Macmillan Publishers 2019) by Casey McQuiston is a contemporary, queer, funny romance between Alex, the First Son of the (female) US President and HRH Henry, heir to the UK throne. In this absolutely delightful, charming and heart-warming story, friendship, romantic frisson and lust combine with political ambition and behind the scenes machinations, and royal protocols and expectations to produce a light-hearted story that is a joy to read.

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