Author(s): Favel Parrett
Longlisted for the prestigious Miles Franklin Award, this "moving account of the depth of ordinary lives" (Library Journal, starred review) tells of a young Tasmanian girl and a Danish sailor in their search for meaning and whose brief encounter leaves a lasting impact on both.
Isla is a lonely girl who moves to Hobart with her mother and brother to try to better their lives. It's not really working until they meet Bo, a crewman on an Antarctic supply ship, the Nella Dan, who shares stories about his adventures with them--his travels, bird watching, his home in Denmark, and life on board the ship. Isla is struggling to learn what truly matters and who to trust, while this modern Viking is searching to understand his past and to find a place in this world for himself. Though their time together is short, it is enough to change the course of both their lives.
Praised for writing that is "vivid and distinct" (Library Journal, starred review) and "exquisite in its simplicity and eloquence" (Kirkus Reviews), Favel Parrett delivers a stunningly beautiful novel--"spare but memorable" (Booklist)--about the remarkable and unexpected bond forged between strangers.
When Isla's mother befriends a sailor from the Nella Dan - the striking red ship that travels between Antarctica and Isla's Hobart - Isla's lonely world is suddenly flecked through with colour and hope. But when the Red Ship sinks, Isla learns that everything can change in an instant. Subtle and beautiful. I loved it! Molly
In 2011, Favel Parrett's career was launched with the critically-acclaimed and award-winning debut Past the Shallows. A heart-breaking novel, it was sold internationally, shortlisted in the prestigious Miles Franklin Award and won the Dobbie Literary Award. Favel herself won the ABIA Newcomer of the Year Award in 2012. For more information, visit her website favelparrett.com.au, her Facebook page on facebook.com/pages/Past-the-Shallows/1461892787785929, or follow her on Twitter at twitter.com/favelparrett