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Favel Parrett


In 2011, Favel Parrett’s career was launched with her critically acclaimed debut PAST THE SHALLOWS. It was sold internationally and was shortlisted in the prestigious Miles Franklin Award and won the Dobbie Literary Award. Favel won the ABIA Newcomer of the Year Award in 2012. Her next novel, WHEN THE NIGHT COMES, was also critically acclaimed and further consolidated Favel’s reputation with booksellers and readers. THERE WAS STILL LOVE was Favel’s eagerly awaited third novel and it was shortlisted for the Stella Prize and won Book of the Year at the 2020 Indie Book Awards. WANDI was her first novel for children and was published in October 2021. KIMMI is her second novel for children and was published in November 2023.

She lives in Victoria and is passionate about wildlife.

Her research for her latest book makes for fascinating reading. Favel underwent many medical and psychological tests to ensure she could travel to the Antarctic. One of the particular strengths of her writing is her ability to describe the physical sensation of being in this extreme environment – of walking across Antarctic snow for the first time and of the wonder of encountering the vast white landscape.

Favel has also had many short stories published in journals and anthologies, such as Best Australian Short Stories, Meanjin, Griffith Review, and Island.

You can find out more about Favel Parrett at

Where were you born?


What other jobs have you had?

Postman (post woman).

What themes are recurring in your work?

The ocean, siblings, the fragility of youth.

What have been the highlights of your career?

When Past the Shallows was so well received, and won awards. Also getting the Antarctic Arts Fellowship which let me work at sea (a dream come true).

Where have your works been published?

Australia, Germany, US, UK, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy.

What are you passionate about?

The Southern Ocean, dogs, surfing, being at sea, reading, writing, imagination and day-dreaming.

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