Past the Shallows

Past the Shallows

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Everyone loves Harry. Everyone except his father.

Three brothers, Joe, Miles and Harry, are growing up on the remote south coast of Tasmania. The brother' lives are shaped by their father's moods - like the ocean he fishes, his is wild and unpredictable. He is a bitter man, warped by a devastating secret.

Miles tries his best to watch out for Harry, the youngest, but he can't be there all the time. Often alone, Harry finds joy in the small treasure he discovers, in the shark eggs and cuttlefish bones. In a kelpie pup, a big mug of Milo, and a secret friendship with a mysterious neighbour. But sometimes small treasures, or a brother's love, are not enough.

Winner, Newcomer of the Year, Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA), 2012

Winner, Dobbie Literary Award, 2012


'that rare thing, a finely crafted literary novel that is genuinely moving and full of heart' THE AGE

'an understated and beautifully penned story set on the Tasmanian coast, gives voice to two brothers as their lives are influenced by unpredictable forces....Parrett's writing is exquisite in its simplicity and eloquence, and her narrative is heart-rending.This poignant story resonates.' KIRKUS REVIEWS, USA

'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

'If you read only one book this year make sure it's this.' THE SUNDAY TIMES, Tasmania

'Wintonesque' HERALD SUN

'I loved Past the Shallows' Kevin Powers, author of THE YELLOW BIRDS
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 137 x 217 x 20mm | 300g
  • Sydney, Australia
  • 0733626572
  • 9780733626579

About Favel Parrett

In 2011, Favel Parrett's career was launched with her critically acclaimed 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. Her next novel, WHEN THE NIGHT COMES, was also critically acclaimed and further consolidated Favel's reputation with booksellers and readers. Favel's short stories have been published in various journals including Island, Griffith Review and Wet Ink. THERE WAS STILL LOVE was Favel's eagerly awaited third novel. WANDI is her first novel for children.

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