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. Join Sophie in a conversation about the novel hailed as a “tender, hopeful battle-cry” (Brooke Davis) by “a phenomenal, courageous talent” (Clementine Ford).

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.