This much anticipated new novel, Parting Words, is a gripping story that exposes family silences, and questions how well we really know those close to us.

Released August 28, 2017

“…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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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.

An affecting debut from talented Australian newcomer Cass Moriarty … I’m excited to see where Moriarty goes next.

Hannah Richell

Australian Women's Weekly

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Parting Words: What are people talking about?

It’s that time of year when I’m privileged to participate in many bookshop events and book club discussions, this time of Parting Words. This is my favourite part of being a writer: connecting with readers, and listening to their thoughts and analysis of the characters and plot in my stories. Parting Words is generating a lot of contemplation around letters, legacies, loss, regrets, intergenerational trauma, ageing and the relationships between generations, the importance of speaking your mind, and the thorny topics of betrayal and forgiveness. I get so much insight out of other people’s interpretations of the story, and sometimes questions and comments surprise me! SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: An extract of Parting Words is available FREE on all Virgin Australia flights in the month of December!

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The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood

Like so many others, I was captivated by the recent SBS drama adaptation of the Margaret Atwood novel The Handmaid’s Tale (Vintage Penguin Random House 1986). The colour and light, and the artistic cinematography, present a vivid and memorable story. Yet I had never read the book, written 30 years ago by Atwood and viewed now, in these days of Trump, as a sort of prescient fable. read more…

The Life to Come – Michelle de Kretser

The Life to Come (Allen & Unwin Books 2017) is the latest novel by Australian author Michelle de Kretser, and as we have come to expect from this writer, it is another complex and intricate story with many intriguing layers and a cast of finely-drawn characters. I was fortunate to hear Michelle speak recently at an Avid Reader Bookshop event in Brisbane, and her thoughtful and intelligent consideration of her own writing – and of the Australian literary scene – were every bit as compelling as her writing itself. read more…

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