If you’re looking for some female anarchy, Emma is your woman. Thelma & Louise for a new generation, No Country for Girls has been described as ‘a story of young, female empowerment and resilience’. It’s a high-stakes road trip thriller about two teen girls who take off on the run along 2000 kilometres of remote highway.
In conversation with Georgina Brown, Manager of The Wilbur & Niso Smith Foundation, Emma will discuss her enduring theme of writing young women finding their power and the new female-led crime writing coming out of Australia.
No Country for Girls is a road story, a crime novel, an adventure, and a dive into female friendship. Emma will talk about ‘the girls’ at the heart of her novel, Charlie and Nao, and how it often felt like they wrote the book. She will speak about the landscapes and homesickness for Western Australia that inspired the novel, and how she came up with two young women characters who constantly subvert our expectations.
You’ll have a chance to ask Emma any burning questions you have, whether about the story and characters, the process behind her writing, or the personal resilience she discovered as this book made its way into the world.
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Emma Styles writes Australian noir about young women taking on the patriarchy. A practicing vet, she grew up in Western Australia and lives in London. Emma loves a road trip and spent her teens and twenties learning to ski, snowboard, ride horses and motorcycles, and fly small aeroplanes.
Emma’s debut novel No Country for Girls is a gritty road trip thriller that follows two young women on the run across the harsh, unforgiving landscape of Australia. As well as winning the 2023 Wilbur Smith Adventure Writing Prize, it was a New Blood pick at Theakston’s Crime in Harrogate and was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger, the Ned Kelly Award for Best Debut and the Sisters in Crime Davitt Award for Best Adult Crime Novel.
Emma has an MA in Crime Fiction from the University of East Anglia. She’s published by Sphere and represented by Euan Thorneycroft at A.M. Heath. You can find her on Twitter @emstylesauthor, Instagram @emmastylesauthor, and learn more about her road trip influences at emmastylesauthor.com. She is currently working on her second standalone thriller.
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