The Application of Pressure

Author(s): Rachael Mead

Aust Fiction | South Australian Authors


 For paramedics Tash and Joel, a regular workday is like a supercut of the worst days of other people’s lives. They maintain their sanity through a friendship built on black humour, but as the constant exposure to trauma takes its toll, both, in different ways, must fight to preserve their mental health and relationships – even with one another. How much pressure can they handle, and what will happen when they finally crack?

With each chapter revolving around an emergency – some frightening, some moving, some simply funny –Rachael Mead digs beneath the surface of gore and grit to lay bare the humanity of emergency services personnel and their patients. This breathtaking novel reveals not only the trauma of a life lived on the front line of medicine, but also the essential, binding friendships that make such a life possible.


 In yet another stellar book by a South Australian writer, we see the incredible mess and beauty of humanity seen via the lens of our frontline ambulance workers. In a series of interconnected stories—each focusing on a medical call-out—our best and worst selves are revealed. But this is also the story of a relationship forged between two ambos over many years, where their shared experience acts like a kind of crucible. It is the things not said in this book that reveal the most about resilience, hope, and the long shadow of trauma. I could not put this down. Molly


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General Fields

  • : 9781925972634
  • : Affirm Press
  • : Affirm Press
  • : 0.3
  • : March 2020
  • : 2.2 Centimeters X 23.3 Centimeters X 31.1 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 288
  • : Jun-20
  • : Paperback
  • : Rachael Mead