Breathing Under Water

Author(s): Sophie Hardcastle

Love Oz YA

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.

Northern Beaches' loveozya author, Sophie Hardcastle, has followed up her memoir Running With China with a beautifully written novel about a young teen spiralling out of control as she processes a tragedy that rocks her family. Reading Sophie's novel was spookily like reading Tim Winton's early writings, especially as a surfer, it's authentic and poignant. She is being compared to a number of beloved and talented writers, but she stands in a class of her own. (Libby)


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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

Sophie Hardcastle is an author and artist currently studying a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Sydney College of the Arts, majoring in painting. Sophie's memoir, Running like China, is published by Hachette and was released in September 2015. Her debut novel, Breathing Under Water, will be published by Hachette in July 2016. In addition to her books, Sophie has written for various magazines, including ELLE, Harper's Bazaar and Surfing World, and has also written for theatre. Sophie is now a mental health spokesperson for Batyr. She shares her experiences with bipolar 1 disorder by speaking in schools around the country. Sophie was recently named as one of Triple j's '25 Under 25 who are nailing it!'.

General Fields

  • : 9780733634857
  • : Hachette Australia
  • : Hachette Australia
  • : June 2015
  • : 234mm X 153mm
  • : Australia
  • : July 2016
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : en
  • : 823.92
  • : 320
  • : Sophie Hardcastle