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The Gap

An Australian Paramedic’s Summer on the Edge
Narrated by: Matty Morris
Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
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In this riveting memoir, Gilmour recounts the call-outs that summer: some dangerous, some gruesome, some downright ridiculous. And we meet fellow paramedic John who, they say, can get a laugh out of everyone except the dead. As the city heats up that summer, however, even John begins to lose his sense of humour. People are unravelling - and Benjamin and John are no exception. 

The Gap is a vivid portrait of the lead-up to Christmas; an unflinching, no-holds-barred look at what happens after the triple-zero call is made - the drugs, nightclubs, brothels, drunk rich kids, billionaires, domestic disputes, the elderly, emergency births, even a kidnapping. Patients share their innermost feelings, and we witness their loneliness, their despair and their hopes. 

Beautifully written and sharply observed, The Gap exposes the fragility of our lives and the lengths the paramedics will go to to try to save us.

©2019 Benjamin Gilmour (P)2019 Penguin Random House Australia

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“Hard to stop listening once you’ve started...”

A great insite into the working lives of a paramedic. At times funny, at times sad... dealing with everything from a tooth ache to last breaths, along with open and honest accounts of the mental health issues that our emergency service personnel face every day. Totally loved this book!

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brilliant insight into the life of a paramedic

well read, emotional and informative. couldn't put it down!
also a harsh reminder of the constant the struggle and battle with mental health our emergency workers and first responders experience. more needs to be done to protect those that protect us...

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Could not stop listening

This book is really captivating. It really gives you a look into the life of a paramedic. I have even more respect for what they do.
5 stars all round.

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Really interesting listen

Well worth the listen - diversity of a paramedic - the stress and trauma ptsd, the stress the profession brings to a relationship, this profession can bring to the dedicated medics that do this crazy job.
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Great Read!

The book was heart breaking to read with ups and downs throughout with it simultaneously being funny and excoriatingly revealing. It was gripping and I was hooked immediately, my eyes were opened to the harsh realities of a paramedic and the significant emotional trauma the job has on a person.