Nicola Moriarty
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Hello! My name is Nicola Moriarty, welcome to my website. It's so lovely of you to visit, please stay a while and perhaps even come back again soon. Take a look at my journal for my most up to date news and stories.

Why do I have a website? Well, that's an excellent question. Last year I had my first novel published with Random House Australia, it's called Free-Falling and it has been described as "Funny, edgy and real" by The Courier Mail and "Full of heartfelt moments and nicely conceived outcomes" by West Weekend.

My second novel, called Paper Chains, was published on the first of February 2013. I’m also currently in the process of writing my third book. So a website seemed like a good idea! For more information on my novels, click here. Thanks again for visiting!



I’ve published two books with Random House Australia. I’m currently working on my third novel and I’m also part of a project called ‘Sunlounger’ Click on the covers for more information…



Paper Chains

Paper Chains

Sunlounger Project

Sunlounger - Short Stories

Where to buy my books

Free-Falling & Paper Chains can be found at all good bookstores.
Otherwise, visit these online book-stores to order a copy or to download an e-book version.

Free-Falling is a beguiling tragic-romantic comedy - of heartbreak and heroism, grief and ghostly dreams...


Free-Falling was released on the First of February 2012 and appeared as the 'Book of the Month' on the Random House Australia website for the month of February. Luckily it was a leap year, so I scored an extra day as Book of the Month. Free-Falling was also listed on Chicklit Club Connect as one of the ten hotly anticipated chick lit releases from debut authors.
Free-Falling has been sold to publishers in The Netherlands and Germany. It was released in Germany in December 2012 ( renamed to 'With You in My Heart') and is due for release in The Netherlands late 2013.

Here is a synopsis of Free-Falling as it appears on the back cover:

The Fiancee

Belinda's life is in free-fall after the sudden death of her fiancé Andy.

But then ghostly signs begin to appear which suggest he might not really be gone. And Belinda begins to tumble even further.

Will his final parting gift be enough to save her?

The Mother

Evelyn McGavin, Andy's mum, is also struggling. She copes with her sorrow by shoplifting (once), hating Belinda (constantly) and jumping out of a plane.

In her skydiving instructor, Baz, she finds an unexpected friend. But why is he so agitated when he hears how Andy died?

Two women, united in their loss, separated by their grief. And yet still linked in a most unexpected way ...

A heart-warming story of family, friendship and forgiveness - and the crazy twists of fate that shape our lives…

Paper Chains

Hannah and India are new best friends. Although true friendship means always telling each other the truth, doesn't it…?

Hannah, you see, is running from her life back in Sydney.
Now in London, she's trying to put the past behind her, and finding this amazing new friend is a positive step forward. If only she could stop punishing herself for what she did.

India knows Hannah is hiding something big, and she's determined to figure it out. Fast.

Because India has a secret of her own… One that is currently sealed in a love letter that's making its journey across Europe in the most unconventional way.

Before it reaches its destination, can India help Hannah learn to forgive herself? And will Hannah wake up and realise that India needs rescuing too?


Brilliant UK novelist Belinda Jones has invited myself along with over 30 other wonderful authors to contribute short stories to Sunlounger.

Sunlounger is due out in July 2013 and should be a fabulous read!



Reviews and Praise for Nicola Moriarty

"How refreshing it is to read a debut novel that is as accomplished as Free-Falling. The plot is carefully constructed, the characters fresh and original, the theme so familiar but turned on its head to make it almost unrecognisable." —Courier Mail
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"I was captivated by this novel from the first when we are introduced to Belinda in the rawness of her grief. Moriarty is not only able to capture Belinda's immediate grief, as the novel develops, she realistically portrays the range of emotions Belinda experiences. Her sadness, fear and courage create a well developed protagonist that I cared about."
—Book'd Out

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"Moriarty is such a deft touch with humour and whimsy that her debut is thoroughly appealing and deliciously readable"
—Read in A Single Sitting

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"Free-Falling is a sweet tragic-romantic comedy, essentially about how people can be separated by grief… it is gentle and pleasant and worth recommending to those who want a light summer read."
—Bookseller + Publisher Magazine

"This novel is beautifully written in that over the course of the time it took me to read it, I giggled, I cried (more than once) and I couldn't put it down." - 9/10
— 1 girl….2 many books!

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"A wonderful book. I enjoyed reading it so much that I didn't want it to end!"—Deborah Rodriguez, author of The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul

"Free-Falling is a very solid debut and one that should establish Moriarty as a rising Australian author. Although focussed upon two women, it should resonate with anyone who has experienced loss and the conclusion allows for enough hope that the reader is not overwhelmed by the sometimes-depressing content. I look forward to seeing what Nicola Moriarty produces next."
—Tara Calaby, Writer and Reviewer

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"Sad but uplifting, bittersweet yet humorous, Free-Falling is a fantastic debut novel that kept me hooked right until the end. The pace is good, the writing concise and the overall feel is a positive one, that makes you realise life can move on in the most unexpected ways."
—Great Aussie Reads

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"Though many scenes in the novel are quite funny, they also come across so real to life; that I believe is one of the highlights of the novel. The characters are very real on the page. It is an honest exploration of the many stages of grief and the lesson; that even at rock bottom life goes on."
—Felicity Berto,
Customer of Book Bonding Niddrie

"The interweaving of the different narratives is done very well and the story is very engaging and heartfelt without being overly sentimental"
—Dymocks Rouse Hill


About Me

Nicola Moriarty lives in Sydney's north west with her husband and two small (but remarkably strong willed) daughters. She is the younger sister of bestselling authors Liane Moriarty and Jaclyn Moriarty. In between various career changes, becoming a mum and studying at Macquarie University, she began to write. Now, she can't seem to stop.

Some of my favourite Music, Books & Films

Eskimo Joe Crash Portishead The Last Anniversary Snatch Massive Attack Jane Eyre Blink 182 I'm a Believer How To Go Out On A Date In Queens Sixpence None the Richer Bittersweet Friends With Benefits Weezer Wheatus Mark Ronson Vampire Weekend Finding Cassie Crazy Lady Sovereign Lupe Fiasco Roots Maneuver De La Soul Three Wishes Kate Nash Lilly Allen Anybody Out There Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire What Alice Forgot Feist Regina Spektor 500 Days of Summer Juno Feeling Sorry For Celia Stark Annonymums Alias Grace Stillwater Creek Pigs In Heaven Nineteen Minutes Becoming Bindy Mackenzie Punch Drunk Love Pulp Fiction Empire Records Clerks Reservoir Dogs 50 First Dates

A bit more about me…

  • I refuse to hand wash any clothes, although sometimes, if something is particularly nice, I will put it in two
    wash bags. As a result, I ruin a lot of nice clothes. My mother has forbid me from washing any of my daughters' hand-knitted cardigans

  • I never seem to carry any cash. Every now and then, I'll take $20 out at an ATM and I'll think, this will last me for weeks! But inevitably, it evaporates in
    a matter of days and before I know it
    I'm standing in front of Bakers Delight trying to buy a $3 loaf of bread with
    my credit card.

  • When I was in Primary school, I would always describe myself as having blonde hair and blue eyes. One day, a friend pointed out to me that actually, my hair was in fact brown. Huh. What do you know, at some point my blonde hair had vanished without me noticing.

  • I have blonde hair and blue eyes…
    wait a second…

  • I secretly love several of the children's shows that my daughters watch. Sometimes I'll beg Maddie to let me watch Peppa Pig or The Octonauts instead of Miffy. She generally won't let me choose though.

  • Oh! I have two daughters. That's important, isn't it?

  • I've published a novel – but you know that already, that's why you're visiting my site, right?

  • I have an unhealthy obsession with Googling myself. I do it on a disturbingly regular basis.

  • I like the idea of iced tea, but it's never as good as I expect it to be.

  • For three years I gave up drinking coffee, and then, somehow, I accidently started again, now I have a quarter strength, skim cappuccino, approximately three times a week.

  • For three years I avoided joining Facebook, and then, somehow, I accidently joined and became addicted.

  • For three years I refused to get an iPhone, and then, somehow, I accidently bought one, and now I can't live without it.

  • I have trouble threading keys onto key rings, tying balloons and applying mascara. Consequently, I believe my fine motor skills leave a lot to be desired.

  • I always, always, without fail, will get the hiccups when I eat a piece of white bread.

  • I am currently campaigning for Nestle to bring back Heaven Irish Cream. When I say campaigning, I mean, thinking wistfully about how good it would be if they came back.

  • I think the theme music for In the Night Garden is the most beautiful music I have ever heard.

  • I recently sprained my ankle for the first time ever in the last two minutes of a game of indoor soccer. It's not as much fun as I thought it would be. But then again, I guess I didn't really think spraining my ankle would be fun.


Contact Me

Agent - Australia

Pippa Masson
Curtis Brown (Australia), Literary Agents
Level 1, 2 Boundary Street
Paddington NSW
2021 Australia

Agent - USA

Alexis Hurley
InkWell Management
521, 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10175
United States

Agent - Translation Rights

Kate Cooper
Curtis Brown (UK)
Haymarket House
28-29 Haymarket, London, SW1 4SP United Kingdom


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