Nominated by:

The State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Publisher of nominated edition:

University of Queensland Press, Australia

The Promise Seed

Cass Moriarty      

2017 Longlist

An elderly man, living alone in the suburbs, thinks back on his life – the missed opportunities, the shocking betrayals, the rare moments of joy. When his ten-year-old neighbour hides in his garden one afternoon, they begin an unexpected friendship that offers a reprieve from their individual struggles. Can the old man protect the boy he has come to know – and redeem the boy he once was?

(from publisher)

About the Author

Cass Moriarty lives and writes in Brisbane. She has worked in public relations and marketing, and volunteered as a counsellor in child protective services. She began writing fiction after the birth of her sixth child. The Promise Seed, her first novel, was shortlisted in the Emerging Author category of the Queensland Literary Awards.

Librarian’s Comments

A story that blends both contemporary and historical timelines to tackle the confronting subject of family violence head on, while offering an alternative and ultimately positive picture of friendships between elderly people and the young. This novel offers an emotionally satisfying and powerful reading experience.

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