Longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2015.
Shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards 2015, The Indie Books Awards 2015, ALS Gold Medal 20125 and the ABA's Booksellers' Choice Award 2015.
Running away from the mainland was supposed to make their lives better. But, for Isla and her brother, their mother's sadness and the cold, damp greyness of Hobart's stone streets seeps into everything.
Then, one morning, Isla sees a red ship. That colour lights her day. And when a sailor from the ship befriends her mother, he shares his stories with them all - of Antarctica, his home in Denmark and life onboard. Like the snow white petrels that survive in the harshest coldest place, this lonely girl at the bottom of the world will learn that it is
possible to go anywhere, be anything. But she will also find out that it is just as easy to lose it all.
For Isla, those two long summers will change everything.
Favel Parrett delivers an evocative and gently told story about the power fear and kindness have to change lives.
About the Author
In 2011, Favel Parrett's career was launched with the critically-acclaimed and award-winning debut Past the Shallows.
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.
So real, so true - this novel sweeps you away in its tide - Robert Drewe on PAST THE SHALLOWS
This book is that rare thing, a finely crafted literary novel that is genuinely moving and full of heart. - The Age on PAST THE SHALLOWS
Parrett's starkly precise evocation of Tasmania's winter landscape [is] compelling. The book's tragic outcome leaves the reader feeling genuinely bereft... - The Guardian (UK) on PAST THE SHALLOWSWhen the Night Comes
combines the realism of early David Malouf with the sombre concision of Dorothy Porter, and is skilfully shaped to make the historical feel truly present. - Books+Publishing
Parrett's writing is exquisite in its simplicity and eloquence, and her narrative is heart-rending. - Kirkus Reviews (USA) on PAST THE SHALLOWS
Beautiful, stripped-back prose...there is magic here. Like Cormac McCarthy, Parrett packs a huge emotional punch thanks to the elegant brevity of her style. Stark, but unforgettable... - Marie Claire (UK) on PAST THE SHALLOWS
If you read only one book this year make sure it's this. - Sunday Times, Tasmania on PAST THE SHALLOWS
the gentle power of the narrative carries the conviction of strongly embedded personal experiences... This book has the same poetic cadences and a simple sophistication of expression that makes it eminently readable. This is an evocative story elegantly told that will have special appeal to those who are seafarers, real or imaginary. - Sunday Tasmanian