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Past the Shallows


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Favel Parrett was named Newcomer of the Year in 2012 by the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) for her debut novel, Past the Shallows. She lives in Australia with her partner, David, and her two dogs, Dougal and Bear. Find out more at


"So real, so true--this novel sweeps you away in its tide."--Robert Drewe "author of The Shark Net "
"Vibrant and intensely moving, this story about three boys in thrall to their angry father sucked me instantly into its emotional currents. Favel Parrett has created a novel as lovely, mysterious, powerful and entrancing as the capricious ocean around which her characters' lives revolve."--Christina Schwarz "#1 New York Times bestselling author of Drowning Ruth "
"Compulsively readable...the simple, unaffected tone of Parrett's writing makes this a poignant read--but it's the story of how these two emotionally distant brothers help each other that makes the novel so moving."
"[A]n understated and beautifully penned story... Parrett's writing is exquisite in its simplicity and eloquence, and her narrative is heart-rending. This poignant story resonates."--Kirkus
"Parrett deservedly received critical claim in Australia for this haunting fiction debut. Her writing is vivid and distinct...Parrett's novel sings with an emotional power that marks her as a writer to watch."--Library Journal, starred review
"Parrett's remarkable debut examines the bleak life of a broken family in Tasmania, in spare, unflinching prose."--Publishers Weekly, starred review
"If you read only one book this year, make sure it's this."--The Sunday Times (UK)
"A finely crafted literary novel that is genuinely moving and full of heart."--The Age
"Wintonesque."--The Herald Sun (Australia)
"Parrett's debut marks the addition of a strong voice to the chorus of Australian literature."--The Canberra Times (Australia)
"A work by a new master...Parrett's debut is an uncompromising and memorable tale."--Sunday Tasmanian (Australia)

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