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No Country for Girls: The most original, high-octane thriller of the year

Emma Styles

9 Reviews

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Western Australia, Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense

An incredibly gripping road trip thriller about two kick-ass heroines on the run from the law with a bag full of gold. Set against the harsh, unforgiving landscape of outback Australia, this is Thelma and Louise for a new generation


Winner of the Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize

Shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger Award

Shortlisted for the Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Novel

Shortlisted for the ACWA Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut Crime Fiction

Longlisted for the Authors' Club Best First Novel Award

Longlisted for the Polari First Book Prize

'An unrelenting page-turner' CHRIS WHITAKER, author of WE BEGIN AT THE END
'A triumph' THE i
'The real star is the desolate Outback' THE TIMES
'Thrilling . . . It left me breathless' ALEX MARWOOD, author of THE WICKED GIRLS
'Perfectly paced' SCOTSMAN
'Razor-sharp wit meets pumping action' FEMI KAYODE, author of LIGHTSEEKERS
'Beautifully done' LITERARY REVIEW
'A thrilling cross-country chase through remote Australia' SUNDAY POST

Charlie and Nao are strangers from different sides of the tracks. They should never have met, but one devastating incident binds them together forever.

A man is dead and now they are unwilling accomplices in his murder there's only one thing to do: hit the road in the victim's twin cab ute, with a bag of stolen gold stashed under the passenger seat.

Suddenly outlaws, Nao and Charlie must make their way across Australia's remote outback using only their wits to survive. They'll do whatever it takes to evade capture and escape with their lives . . .

Thelma & Louise for a new generation, No Country for Girls is a gritty, twisty road-trip thriller that follows two young women on the run across the harsh, unforgiving landscape of Australia.

What readers are saying about No Country for Girls

'What an incredible, high octane, thrilling ride this book is!'
'I desperately wanted to know what happens next'
'I loved the characters and the setting, which was described with vivid and rich imagery'
'Incredibly well plotted'
'Tense and thrilling . . . Highly recommended, there are absolutely no slow bits to this story'

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Praise for No Country for Girls: The most original, high-octane thriller of the year

  • Bold and badass, No Country For Girls is the kind of searingly stylish, unrelenting page-turner I just adore. I burned through the twisting plot almost as fast as Charlie and Nao light up the Australian outback'

  • Styles's first novel starts with a bang . . . There are decided echoes of films such as Shallow Grave and

  • Thelma & Louise in this bumpy road trip . . . The real star is the desolate outback. And, refreshing for a summer read, there isn't a luxury villa in sight - The Times

  • A thrilling cat-and-mouse pursuit through West Australia's Badlands . . . It left me breathless

  • Fresh as hell with two strikingly original protagonists who blaze a thrilling trail through the outback. Not just a terrific debut, a terrific book full stop

  • Razor-sharp wit meets pumping action, with twists and turns to keep the pages turning! No Country for Girls is the road trip for our time; relevant, powerful and unrelentingly entertaining . . . Welcome Emma Styles. We didn't know how much we needed you until you came

  • A unique voice, compelling protagonists, and a dizzyingly wild and gripping ride that grabs you by the throat - this is outback Australia like you've never seen it and you will not soon forget it

  • A taut, evocative and utterly absorbing road-trip thriller about two young women on the run for their lives, both caught up in a landscape as full of threat and danger as the people who are after them. Unputdownable

  • I LOVED THIS BOOK. Thelma & Louise meets The Tourist in this pacey, surprising and relentlessly tense Aussie road trip thriller. With No Country for Girls Emma Styles is not playing around - she's staking her claim as the new queen of Outback Noir

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Emma Styles

Emma Styles writes contemporary Australian noir about young women taking on the patriarchy. She grew up on Whadjuk Noongar country in Perth, Western Australia and now lives in London where she was born. Emma loves a road trip and once sat out a cyclone on the north west coast of WA in a LandCruiser Troop Carrier. She is less afraid of great white sharks than she should be, and hopeless at surfing.

Emma has an MA in crime fiction from the University of East Anglia. No Country for Girls is her debut novel; it won the Little, Brown UEA Crime Fiction Award 2020.

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