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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Thanks to everyone in Penola who warmly welcomed me to the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival during the last weekend in May. Journalist Katie Spain led a great literary in-conversation at Hollick Estates, and I joined two other judges for the Catherine Martin Youth Literary Awards – we read some talented young writers. This festival is absolutely a must-do if you are in South Australia – the tiny community belies a big heart and a wealth of artists and musicians of all kinds.

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In Danger: A Memoir of Family and Hope – Josepha Dietrich

In Danger: A Memoir of Family and Hope (UQP 2018) is confronting right from the cover – an arresting image of the author, Josie Dietrich, proudly exhibiting her post-cancer body, as a warrior might display her battle scars. Arrows point to her portacath site, and to her belly after a hysterectomy and oophorectomy. A strategically-placed title covers the site of her bilateral mastectomy and reconstruction. This is a woman who has faced a physical and emotional ordeal; a survivor who decided to tackle cancer head-on and to fight it with every weapon available to her. read more…

The Ruin – Dervla McTiernan

Fans of Emma Viskic,Jane Harper or Katherine Howell have a new author to look forward to: Dervla McTiernan. This Irish / Australian writer’s debut novel The Ruin (HarperCollins 2018) introduces us to Cormac Reilly, an Irish Garda (policeman) and I predict he will quickly become a firm favourite for crime-reading addicts. read more…

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