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Publisher's Summary

When 21-year-old Oli sets sail from Australia she embarks on a trip that will open her eyes to life's possibilities. Some years later, fluent in the language of the ocean, she is the only female crew member onboard a yacht delivery to New Zealand. There, in the darkness below deck, she learns something new: at sea, no one can hear you scream. 

Below Deck is about the moments that haunt us, that fan out like ripples through the deep. It is a novel about the vagaries of consent, about who has the space to speak and who is believed.

©2020 Sophie Hardcastle (P)2020 W F Howes

Critic Reviews

"#MeToo has clearly had a profound influence on this novel, and Hardcastle's delineation of the ambiguities and uncertainties that underpin consent is both cogent and moving." (The Australian)

"Vividly realised and richly detailed [...] Below Deck goes beyond colourful descriptions of people and places into the realm of total sensory experience for the characters and the reader." (Good Reading)

"Below Deck is a stunning literary novel. This is a poetic work that can be read aloud just as easily as it can be read in silence." (Australian Book Review)

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