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Breathing Under Water

Sophie Hardcastle

2 Reviews

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Fiction, Children's Fiction, General fiction (Children's / Teenage), Family & home stories (Children's / Teenage)

An evocative and emotionally powerful debut novel of life, death and learning to breathe in between.

Sophie is an emerging Australian writer who is already receiving critical acclaim and has been named one of Triple j's '25 Under 25 who are nailing it!'.

If you love stories by John Green, Rainbow Rowell or Melina Marchetta you will love this story.


Nineteen minutes and eleven seconds separated us at birth. On the official documentation, he is older . . . Although it really has nothing to do with age. What it really means is that I am, and have always been, second.

Ben and Grace Walker are twins. Growing up in a sleepy coastal town it was inevitable they'd surf. Always close, they hung out more than most brothers and sisters, surfing together for hours as the sun melted into the sea. At seventeen, Ben is a rising surf star, the golden son and the boy all the girls fall in love with. Beside him, Grace feels like she is a mere reflection of his light. In their last year of school, the world beckons, full of possibility. For Grace, finishing exams and kissing Harley Matthews is just the beginning.

Then, one day, the unthinkable. The sun sets at noon and suddenly everything that was safe and predictable is lost. And everything unravels.

BREATHING UNDER WATER is a lyrical and emotionally powerful novel about life, death and learning to breathe in between.

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Praise for Breathing Under Water

  • Written with raw honesty, immediacy and heart-felt lyricism, her tale is one that will resonate deeply with young people - Sydney Morning Herald on RUNNING LIKE CHINA

  • Hardcastle doesn't hold back as she recounts her past with raw and harrowing honesty. - Wellbeing on RUNNING LIKE CHINA

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