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Past the Shallows

By Favel Parrett

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Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Published In: Australia, 27 April 2011
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 is a Victorian writer who loves to surf in the Southern Ocean. She was a recipient of an Australian Society of Authors Mentorship in 2009 and has had a number of short stories published in journals including Island and Wet Ink. PAST THE SHALLOWS is her first novel. She has a passion for travel, especially to Africa and Bhutan, and in her spare time she volunteers at an animal rescue shelter. Previous Books: None.

EAN: 9780733626579
ISBN: 0733626572
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Dimensions: 21.7 x 13.7 x 2 centimetres (0.15 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Ann on
I found it hard to get into this book and then as I got further into it, I was able to see what I had been readinga and it all feel into place.I would have said this book was about a disfuncanal family living in Tasmiana, but it was more. It was about love, angry and lose.
I would have given it 3, but as the book went on, it got better.
Sarah on
Past the Shallows is the story of two boys living on the Tasmanian coast trying to make the most of a situation that leaves them in the care of an abusive, alcoholic father after their mother's tragic death. A book that is both beautiful and devastating, Past the Shallows is expected to receive much hype in Australia over the next few months. Parrett has spectacularly captured the innocence of youth and has given the children truly believable voices, rather than the usual adult's perspective of how a child thinks and behaves. Harry, in particular, is just the kind of kid everyone wants in their lives while Miles's struggle with adulthood is heartbreaking. Admittedly, the repetitive and simplistic writing style deterred me from fully enjoying Past the Shallows, however it's not often a book makes me cry and this one had me gulping back tears on the train. Past the Shallows is so tactile and iconic of life in Australia that I'll be surprised if this isn't made into a film.

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