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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2023 rolls on…

The second half of the year is already upon us and as usual there are some great upcoming events at Avid Reader. The recent literary conversation with Lyn Yeowart and Al Campbell, supported by Frazer Campbell’s unique art exhibition, was a highlight of the year for me. In coming months, I’ll also be in conversation with Jessie Seaborn, Melissa Ashley, Chris Hammer and Bryan Brown. Lots of other exciting evenings including Holly Ringland, Trent Dalton, Mirandi Riwoe, Laura Jean McKay and many more. Book now!

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Bound to Happen – Jonathon Shannon

Bound to Happen (Ultimo Press 2023) is a whip-smart, witty, warm rom-com about two people who have never met although we suspect from the very first pages that their connection is bound to happen. A debut by Jonathon Shannon, this novel takes its cue from the chance encounters that never occur, and the parallel lines that never meet, as described in The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows by John Koenig. The book came into my hands perhaps by happenstance, or luck, or timing, or six degrees of separation, but I’m so glad it did, as it is the perfect feel-good read that is also intelligent, sexy, complex and thoughtful.

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The Sitter – Angela O’Keeffe

Winner of the 2023 Quentin Bryce Award, The Sitter (UQP 2023) is a luminous, poetic and moving novella by Angela O’Keeffe. In this slim volume, O’Keeffe explores the relationship between art and artist, between author and words, between mothers and their children.

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