Tue, 08 Oct | St Stephens Hall

Favel Parrett - There Was Still Love

Favel Parrett's There Was Still Love is the profoundly moving new novel from the critically acclaimed author of Past the Shallows. A tender and masterfully told story of memory, family and love. A love letter to the women who bind families together. Favel is in-conversation with Melanie Kembrey.
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Favel Parrett - There Was Still Love

Time & Location

08 Oct 2019, 6:30 pm
St Stephens Hall, 189 Church St, Newtown NSW 2042, Australia

About The Event

Favel Parrett's There Was Still Love is the profoundly moving new novel from the critically acclaimed and Miles Franklin Award shortlisted author of Past the Shallows and When the Night Comes. It is a tender and masterfully told story of memory, family and love. It is a beautiful love letter to the women who bind families together. 

We think so highly of it, we made it our Book of the Month for October! Come and meet Favel, get your copy of There was Still Love signed, and how she goes about the craft of writing. 

Favel will appear in-conversation with Mel Kembrey! 

About the Book

There was Still Love is the profoundly moving new novel from the critically acclaimed and Miles Franklin shortlisted author of Past the Shallows and When the Night Comes. A tender and masterfully told story of memory, family and love.

Prague, 1938: Eva flies down the street from her sister. Suddenly a man steps out, a man wearing a hat. Eva runs into him, hits the pavement hard. His hat is in the gutter. His anger slaps Eva, but his hate will change everything, as war forces so many lives into small, brown suitcases.

Prague, 1980: No one sees Ludek. A young boy can slip right under the heavy blanket that covers this city - the fear cannot touch him. Ludek is free. And he sees everything. The world can do what it likes. The world can go to hell for all he cares because Babi is waiting for him in the warm flat. His whole world.

Melbourne, 1980: Mala Li ka's grandma holds her hand as they climb the stairs to their third floor flat. Inside, the smell of warm pipe tobacco and homemade cakes. Here, Mana and Bill have made a life for themselves and their granddaughter. A life imbued with the spirit of Prague and the loved ones left behind.

Favel Parrett's deep emotional insight and stellar literary talent shine through in this love letter to the strong women who bind families together, despite dislocation and distance. It is a tender and beautifully told story of memory, family and love. Because there is still love. No matter what.

Praise

"There Was Still Love is freighted with a great many wonderful trademark Favel Parrett attributes: devotion, tenderness, emotion, soul, charm, and, yes, love. Perhaps its greatest attribute, as well as hers, is grace. A pared back focus that cuts through to the essential, and elevates this story to a whole new level. It's a contemplation of all that life and love is; a quiet and masterly benediction."  - John, Better Read Than Dead.   

About the Author

In 2011, Favel Parrett's career was launched with her critically acclaimed 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 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. Favel's short stories have been published in various journals including Island, Griffith Review and Wet Ink

There was Still Love is Favel's eagerly awaited third novel. For more information, visit favelparrett.com.au or twitter.com/favelparrett.

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