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Breathing Under Water

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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.

310 pages, Paperback

First published July 12, 2016

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Sophie Hardcastle

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Sophie Hardcastle is a an Australian author, artist, screenwriter and scholar, based in Oxford, England. She works as a research assistant in the English Faculty of the University of Oxford. She is the author of 'Running Like China' (Hachette, 2015), 'Breathing Under Water' (Hachette, 2016), and 'Below Deck', which will be published in Australia by Allen & Unwin, and around the world from March 2020.
Sophie is the co-creator, co-writer and co-director of the Australian miniseries, 'Cloudy River.'

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