An Australian paramedic’s summer on the edge (Penguin Random House)
In this riveting memoir, Gilmour recounts the summer of 2007/08, one he will never forget. We join him on his call-outs: some dangerous, some gruesome, some downright ridiculous. And we meet fellow paramedic John who, they say, can get a laugh out of everyone except the dead. As the city heats up that summer, however, even John begins to lose his sense of humour. People are unravelling – and Benjamin and John are no exception.
The Gap is a vivid portrait of the lead-up to Christmas; an unflinching, no-holds-barred look at what happens after the triple-zero call is made – the drugs, nightclubs, brothels, drunk rich kids, billionaires, domestic disputes, the elderly, emergency births, even a kidnapping. Patients share their innermost feelings, and we witness their loneliness, their despair and their hopes.
A memoir that is sharp, intimate and humane. Gilmour echoes the great soul singers. He knows that if there’s a Hell below, we’re all gonna go. It’s bracing and absorbing and honest. A work of daring.
Published 9th August, 2019