Guest Reviewer: Cass Moriarty

Michaela

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


Ordinary Matter (UQP 2020) by Laura Elvery is a brilliant collection of short stories that pivots around the 20 women that have won the Nobel Prize for Science since Marie Curie in 1901. Literature and science collaborate to create breathtakingly beautiful words, crafted into unforgettable stories.

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This One Wild and Precious Life (Pan MacMillan 2020) is the latest non-fiction book by New York Times bestselling author, activist and obsessive hiker Sarah Wilson. Most famous for her wellness website and series of books I Quit Sugar, her last book was about anxiety, called First, We Make the Beast Beautiful. With this new hardback volume – which would make a perfect gift – Wilson asks what will YOU do with This One Wild and Precious Life? … exploring some of the ills of the current times and how we might best address them to reclaim our Big Life.

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My advanced copy of The Tolstoy Estate (Fourth Estate Harper Collins 2020) arrived with this emblazoned on the cover: ‘A Novel for People Who Still Believe in the Saving Grace of Literature in Dark Times’. We are certainly in dark times now in this Covid world, and the novel is set in the dark times of World War Two, but as promised, this story is like a blessing, a saving grace, a tale of love and optimism and hope amidst the absolute terror and trauma of war.

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Author Laura Jean McKay has written a highly original pandemic story in The Animals in That Country (Scribe 2020), in which a spreading flu virus enables infected people to understand the language of animals, birds and insects. Featuring an unforgettable protagonist, Jean, and her relationships with her granddaughter and a dingo, Sue, this book is dark, thought-provoking and
compelling.

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