About the author

Cath Moore

About the book

Judges' report

Told in the captivating voice of fourteen-year-old Dylan, Metal Fish, Falling Snow is an outstanding young adult novel about family, grief and identity. While tackling many serious issues – Dylan is dealing with the death of her beloved mother and struggling to accept her Guyanese heritage – the novel is also full of spark and humour, and each page is imbued with striking and unforgettable imagery.

 In Dylan, Cath Moore has created a spectacular protagonist who, for all her vulnerability and pain, is a force to be reckoned with. While Dylan’s perspective of the world may cause her to be misunderstood by those around her, she is an irrepressibly wonderful companion for readers. Her ability to see into other people’s memories – a motif that is seamlessly woven into the action of the narrative – allows Moore to shine light on the unspoken sadness of ordinary lives. 

This is a novel for both young and old; a brilliant and heartfelt work of Australian fiction.

Further reading


‘A brilliant debut…Metal Fish, Falling Snow carries the pain of loss, the nuances of race and the longing for family, and interprets the world anew with immense literary skill and just a little bit of magic.’ The Saturday Paper

‘[A] beautiful and tender novel exploring themes of familial legacies, finding a place to belong, grief, and what it means to be an Australian of mixed heritage.’ Sam van Zweden, Kill Your Darlings

‘A remarkable creation…Metal Fish, Falling Snow is a young adult novel…but given the timeliness of its themes and the beauty of its prose, it would be a shame for adult readers to miss out.’ Gemma Nisbet, The West Australian


Read ‘Finding by voice: I no longer ‘other’ myself in my writing’ by Cath Moore, SBS

Read ‘The MWF Interview: Cath Moore’ via the Melbourne Writers Festival blog

Listen to ‘Metal Fish, Falling Snow’ on ABC’s The Drawing Room

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