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Past the Shallows

By Favel Parrett
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Shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award, PAST THE SHALLOWS is a powerful and hauntingly beautiful novel from an extraordinary new Australian writer who is compared with Cormac McCarthy and Tim Winton.


'If you read only one book this year, make sure it's this' Sunday Times

Shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award, PAST THE SHALLOWS is a powerful and hauntingly beautiful novel from an extraordinary new Australian writer who is compared with Cormac McCarthy and Tim Winton.

'If you read only one book this year, make sure it's this' Sunday Times
'I loved Past the Shallows' Kevin Powers, author of The Yellow Birds

Everyone loves Harry. Except his father.

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

Miles does 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 treasures he discovers, in shark eggs and cuttlefish bones. In a kelpie pup, a mug of hot chocolate, and a secret friendship with a mysterious neighbour.

But sometimes small treasures, or a brother's love are not enough.

(P)2016 Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

Biographical Notes

Past the Shallows is Favel Parrett's first published novel. It was shortlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award and won the Australian Book Industry's Newcomer of the Year AwardPrize. Favel was the recipient of an Australian Society of Authors Mentorship in 2009 and has had a number of short stories published in various journals. She balances her writing around surfing, travelling and volunteering at an animal shelter. She lives in Victoria, Australia, with her partner and two dogs. You can find out more about Favel and her writing via her website www.favelparrett.com.au, or at www.johnmurray.co.uk. You can also visit the facebook page for Past the Shallows at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Past-the-Shallows/146189278778592, and follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/favelparrett.

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