There Was Still Love, the profoundly moving new novel from Miles Franklin Award–shortlisted author Favel Parrett, follows twin sisters separated at 15 by the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia and kept apart by the Cold War. Tender and beautifully told, the story reads as a love letter to strong women who bind families together. Elizabeth McCarthy meets Favel to reflect on a novel that explores what it means to make a home, and how a person might secure freedom in a world ruptured by political and personal upheavals.
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Favel Parrett (Australian)
Favel Parrett is an Australian writer who loves to surf. Her first novel, Past the Shallows, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2012 and also won the Dobbie Literary Prize and Newcomer of the Year at the Australian Book Industry Awards. She was awarded the Antarctic Arts Fellowship to complete research for her second novel, When the Night Comes. Her latest novel is There Was Still Love.
Elizabeth McCarthy (Australian)
Elizabeth McCarthy is a Melbourne-based radio producer and presenter who produces the Breakfast show at Australia’s biggest independent broadcaster, 3RRRFM. Her book reviews can currently be heard on Triple R and ABC Radio Melbourne, and she interviews authors at writers festivals and ideas events across Australia. From 2013–2017, she anchored Triple R’s flagship books and writing show, Multi-Storied. Elizabeth has produced and presented interviews and documentaries for ABC radio and television, and she has written about books and music for several publications.