Guest Reviewer: Cass Moriarty

Michaela

Cass Moriarty, author of The Promise Seed and Parting Words, is back with more fantastic reviews for us.


The Dictionary of Lost Words (Affirm Press 2020) by Pip Williams is a literary, historical re-imagined tale of one woman involved with the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary and her ambition to include the silent voices and words of women at the time. Set during the suffragette movement and the Great War, Esme’s curiosity and drive shine through her personal life and her professional ambitions. Lyrical, informative, tender and engaging.

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The Yield (Penguin Random House 2019) by Tara June Winch weaves together three narratives to explore Aboriginal language, culture and society. Albert Gondiwindi is writing a dictionary of Indigenous words; his granddaughter August, grief-stricken by his death, rediscovers her connection to country; and a Mission-founding Reverend speaks to us through letters from 1915. A complex, moving, tender, significant, and powerful celebration of a culture dispossessed and how identity and storytelling might be reclaimed.

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Riptides (Bantam Penguin Random House 2020) by Kirsten Alexander depicts the terrible ramifications of a car accident for siblings Abby and Charlie, and the effects of the decision they make on that fateful night, set against the backdrop of the police state of Queensland during the 1970’s. Wonderful description of place and time.

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The Inland Sea (One / Pushkin Press 2020) by Madeleine Watts is a contemporary literary exploration of the young protagonist’s search for meaning, connected to her ancestor John Oxley’s search for the mythical Australian inland sea. Beautiful prose full of yearning and desire; a languid, meandering novel of rumination and connection.

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