Martin writes: “I remember so well when I first met Favel. Her publisher, Hachette, put on a little event one evening for booksellers at the North Fitzroy Bowls Club in Melbourne to introduce us to some of their forthcoming authors. In particular, I remember the sorely-missed Matt Richell (their sales & marketing director at the time) saying to me: “I reckon we’ve got (in Favel) something really special on our hands here”.
And how right he was! Many of you would doubtless have been dazzled by the book he was talking about: her wondrous 2011 debut, Past the Shallows, which went on to be shortlisted for the Miles Franklin prize, amongst several other gongs. She followed that with her paean to the little red ship the Nella Dan and its Antarctic voyages in When the Night Comes in 2014. Both books went on to be published in the UK, the US and several European countries.
So now we’re thrilled to share that forthcoming in September 2019 is her extraordinarily beautiful and moving new novel, There Was Still Love. We adore this book, & can’t wait to share it with you and readers all over the world. On the one hand, a tale of a young boy living with his grandmother behind the Iron Curtain in 1980’s Prague, on the other the story of his cousin in Melbourne, who grows up fascinated by such things as the culture and food of her Central European heritage, but also becomes ever more aware of the trials and burden that emigration has involved for her wider family. For love might sometimes mean the greatest of compromises and sacrifices. But, there is still love…
You can follow Favel then on Twitter @FavelParrett (but be warned, as a keen surfer she posts lots of envy-inducing early morning photos from Victoria’s surf beaches!) – or visit her website: http://www.favelparrett.com.au . Of course we’ll be sharing updates as publication draws closer as well.”
Welcome then Favel Parrett!