About the author

Favel Parrett

About the book

Judges' report

There Was Still Love is a confident, sparkling novel that brings to life the story of a family regrouping after the impacts of the German occupation of Czechoslovakia with warmth and resonance. Parrett is a highly accomplished novelist, and the techniques she employs in this novel prove that she is capable of pushing boundaries when it comes to narrative style.

There Was Still Love moves between two points in time and delves between generations of one family to explore what it means to find home, and how the concept of belonging is shaped by conflict, politics and instability in the lives of a migrant.

Parrett’s ability to hone in on detail to provide depth to her characters is masterful. This is a book that stays with the reader long after the last page is turned.

Further reading


‘Favel Parrett’s tender new novel, There Was Still Love, explores what it means to make a home and how a person might be free in a world ruptured by political as well as personal upheavals.’ Anna MacDonald, Australian Book Review.

‘Through all this, the bonds of family remain.’ Susan Stevenson, Readings.


Read ‘An ode to the women who carry our world on their shoulders’ by Kerrie O’Brien in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Read a short interview with Favel Parrett for a favourite line of her book There Was Still Love.

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