Below Deck is the breakout novel by Australia’s newest literary sensation, Sophie Hardcastle. A heart-wrenching, poetic story about the vagaries of consent and the question of who has the space to speak, Below Deck charts several years in the life of a young woman who wakes up on a boat with no recollection of how she got there.

Georgie Dent meets Sophie to discuss the novel hailed as a “tender, hopeful battle-cry” (Brooke Davis) by “a phenomenal, courageous talent” (Clementine Ford).

This recording is available on all major podcast platforms.

Below Deck is available from Gleebooks and Allen & Unwin.

Sophie Hardcastle (Australian)

Sophie Hardcastle

Sophie Hardcastle is an author, artist, screenwriter and scholar. In 2018, she was one of the first two Australians to work as a Provost's Scholar at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Below Deck, Breathing Under Water and Running Like China. Sophie is the co-creator, co-writer and co-director of the Australian online series, Cloudy River. Australian born, she now lives in Oxford, England.

Georgie Dent (Australian)

Georgie Dent

Georgie Dent is a journalist, editor, former lawyer and prominent advocate for women’s empowerment, gender equality and mental health. She is the contributing editor of Women’s Agenda, a contributor at Marie Claire and a columnist in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Her best-selling memoir is Breaking Badly. Annabel Crabb described it as "funny, shocking, beautifully written." Georgie is a regular television commentator on The Drum and ABC Weekend Breakfast and has made appearances on Lateline, Weekend Sunrise, Channel 9’s Today Show, The Project, and Studio 10.