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.
Buy Past the Shallows book by Favel Parrett from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.
(217mm x 137mm x 20mm)
Publisher: Hachette Australia
Country of Publication:
Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett
Past the Shallows
» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Past the Shallows book by Favel Parrett and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)
Book Review: Past the Shallows by Favel Parrett - Reviewed by sudy01 (14 Jul 2011)
This is a fantastic book intimately involving two young brothers and their powerful, individual fear.
The book is set in Tasmania and the environment is vividly described by this new and exciting author. The brothers live with their fisherman father who has his own fear and demons to manage and has no idea how to support or help his sons. Each of the boys is constantly fearful of their father and each has their own method of managing this fear. Greater even than their father are their individual fears of being forced into working with their father on the fishing boat, and a terror of the water and of seasickness.
There are some truly moving moments in this book and the ability to overcome fear when faced with an even greater terror is powerfully demonstrated.
I found this an easy to read, totally absorbing and insightful book which I would not hesitate to recommend to all. I hope it is not too long before we are blessed with another book from this terrific new author.
Author Biography - Favel Parrett
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.