Emma Styles

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Emma Styles writes contemporary Australian noir about young women taking on the patriarchy. She grew up in Whadjuk Noongar country in Perth, Western Australia (WA) and now lives in London, the city of her birth. Emma loves a road trip and once sat out in a cyclone on the north-west coast of WA in a Land Cruiser Troop Carrier. She is less afraid of great white sharks than she should be, and hopeless at surfing.

Emma has an MA in Crime Fiction from the University of East Anglia. Her debut novel, No Country for Girls – winner of the Little, Brown UEA Crime Fiction Award 2020 – is a gritty, twisty road-trip thriller that follows two young women on the run across the harsh, unforgiving landscape of Australia.

Praise for No Country For Girls

“Fresh as hell with two strikingly original protagonists who blaze a thrilling trail through the outback. Not just a terrific debut, a terrific book full stop”  

– Trevor Wood, author and CWA Dagger winner 

“A taut, evocative and utterly absorbing road-trip thriller about two young women on the run for their lives… Unputdownable”

– Jacob Ross, author of The Bone Readers

“Razor-sharp wit meets pumping action, with twists and turns to keep the pages turning! No Country for Girls is the road trip for our time; relevant, powerful and unrelentingly entertaining… welcome Emma Styles. We didn’t know how much we needed you until you came”

– Femi Kayode, author of Lightseekers

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