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Sophie Hardcastle’s highly-anticipated new novel explores the vagaries of consent

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Sophie Hardcastle’s highly-anticipated new novel explores the vagaries of consent

A new novel from author Sophie Hardcastle, Below Deck, is receiving high praise for its heartbreakingly poetic and haunting story about the vagaries of consent, and exploration of who has the space to speak and who is believed.

Sophie Hardcastle’s highly-anticipated new novel explores the vagaries of consent

When 21-year-old Olivia wakes on a boat with no recollection of how she got there, she learns to navigate life upon open ocean.

Four years later, Oli is the only woman among men on a yacht delivery from Noumea to Auckland. In the darkness below deck, she learns that at sea, no one can hear you scream.

Below Deck considers the moments that haunt us – the moments that fan out like ripples through the deep.

It’s the latest title from Sophie Hardcastle, who has authored memoir Running Like China (2015) and novel Breathing Under Water (2016). She is also the co-creator, co-writer and co-director of the bold romantic drama series Cloudy River.

Hardcastle penned Below Deck while at the University of Oxford, where she was a Provost’s Scholar in English Literature at Worcester College.

Click here to learn more about the book and to read a preview of the novel.

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