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PAST THE SHALLOWS is the award-winning, bestselling debut novel from Favel Parrett recently named on Oprah's Book Club 2.0 as a 'Can't Miss New Paperback' and now including bonus material from her new book, WHEN THE NIGHT COMES.

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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Past the Shallows
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Deep waters
February 9th, 2015
A poignant tale of family violence, love and deep affection. The seas and bays of coastal Tasmania pulse with life and with tragedy.
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Beautifully written but very sad.
October 11th, 2014
The story focusses on Harry and Miles who live with their violent abalone fisherman father. Joe, the eldest son has escaped, initially living with his Grandfather and now planning to sail off in the boat he built leaving Miles to bear the brunt of his father's fury with the world, protecting his youngest brother as best he can. There are moments of happiness in this book, but through it all is this sense of dark foreboding. Just what happened to Uncle Nick, what happened the night of their mother's death in a car accident?
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The sea, the sea
July 23rd, 2014
Beautifully written, three brothers and the Tasmanian coastline. Family and fear, grief and love.
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book addict..
May 11th, 2013
couldn't read it fast enough... a beautifully told story that makes you wish that you were there... read it and you will understand..
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