'Favel Parrett's lean prose evokes the cruel beauty of the sea, the treasure of lost childhood freedoms, and the yearning emotions that linger beyond the last page . . . an accomplished debut addressing the frailty and determination of human existence; it's a joy to read such spare prose giving so much'
'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'
'Parrett's starkly precise evocation of Tasmania's winter landscape [is] compelling. The book's tragic outcome leaves the reader feeling genuinely bereft'
'A work by a new master . . . Parrett's debut is an uncompromising and memorable tale'
'An assured debut . . . In powerful, visceral prose Parrett conjures the thrill of changing waves . . . elsewhere, her prose is gentle and measured'
'An intensely moving story, written in finely crafted and gripping prose. Utterly brilliant'
'A gripping read . . . Favel Parrett's understated approach to the difficulties of the brothers' lives is impressive and moving . . . A truly impressive debut . . . Parrett's writing is powerful and unflinching'
'An utterly brilliant book about the relationship of two brothers under the thumb of their tyrannical father, set in the remote south coast of Tasmania. It is a cliché to call a book haunting but this one is'
'A finely crafted literary novel . . . genuinely moving and full of heart'
'An impressive debut'
'A fresh and vital voice in Australian fiction'
'Past the Shallows manages to capture the devastation and pain of growing up with a parent who does nothing to hide his bitterness from his children. One of the strengths of this novel is that it shows you devastation of such a large family drama without reverting to the overtly dramatic. Rather, the writing is quiet and pondering, and the story unfolds in beautifully crafted episodes, allowing you glimpses of the larger stories and problems surrounding family life'
'Clearly the work of a talented new novelist'
'If you read only one book this year make sure it's this'
'Not only are we left stunned, we are in the presence of a clever piece of work. Despite Favel Parrett's simple style, she treats readers as intelligent beings'
'Beguiling . . . The beautiful descriptions of the untamed coast and the vivid evocation of landscape and characters make this an unputdownable read. A rather haunting and sad tale but told with such beauty it becomes totally absorbing. Past the Shallows . . . will take your breath away'
'Parrett's debut marks the addition of a strong voice to the chorus of Australian literature'
'This well-crafted novel will leave a lasting impression'