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Past the Shallows  - Favel Parrett


Published: 26th February 2013
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Hauntingly beautiful and told with an elegant simplicity, this is the story of two brothers growing up in a fractured family on the wild Tasmanian coast. The consequences of their parents' choices shape their lives and ultimately bring tragedy to them all.

Harry and Miles live with their father, an abalone fisherman, on the south-east coast of Tasmania. With their mum dead, they are left to look after themselves. When Miles isn't helping out on the boat they explore the coast, and Miles and his older brother, Joe, love to surf. Harry is afraid of the water.

Everyday their dad battles the unpredictable ocean to make a living. He is a hard man, a bitter drinker who harbours a devastating secret that is destroying him. Unlike Joe, Harry and Miles are too young to leave home and so are forced to live under the dark cloud of their father's mood, trying to stay as invisible as possible whenever he is home. Harry, the youngest, is the most vulnerable and it seems he bears the brunt of his father's anger.

About the Author

Favel Parrett won a place in the 2008 Hachette Australia/Queensland Writers Centre Manuscript Development Program and was a recipient of an Australian Society of Authors mentorship in 2009. Past the Shallows, her first novel, was shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award and she won Newcomer of the Year in the Australian Book Industry Awards and the Dobbie Literary Award in 2012. Favel has also had a number of short stories published in literary journals, including the Griffith REVIEW, Island and Wet Ink. She has a passion for travel, especially to Africa and Bhutan, and loves to surf when she can. Favel lives in Victoria and is currently working on her next novel.


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wonderful first novel

By the quilter

from tasmania

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  • Easy To Read
  • Engaging characters
  • Well Written


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    Comments about Past the Shallows:

    couldn't put this down,I highly recommend it.

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    Favel Parrett

    In 2011, Favel Parrett's career was launched with the critically-acclaimed debut Past the Shadows. A heart-breaking novel, it was sold internationally, shortlisted in the prestigious Miles Franklin Award and won the Dobbie Literary Award. Favel herself won the ABIA Newcomer of the Year Award in 2012.

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    ISBN: 9780733630491
    ISBN-10: 0733630499
    Audience: General
    Format: Paperback
    Language: English
    Number Of Pages: 320
    Published: 26th February 2013
    Publisher: Hachette Australia
    Dimensions (cm): 19.4 x 13.1  x 2.2
    Weight (kg): 0.29
    Edition Number: 1