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Anaesthesia
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You know how it is when you go under. The jab, the countdown, the- -and then you wake. This book is about what happens in between. Until a hundred and seventy years ago many people chose death over the ordeal of surgery. Now hundreds of thousands undergo operations every day. Anaesthesia has made it possible. But how much do we really know about what happens to us on the operating table? Can we hear what's going on around us? Is pain still pain if we are not awake to feel it, or don't remember it afterwards? How does the unconscious mind deal with the body's experience of being cut open and ransacked? And how can we help ourselves through it? Haunting, lyrical, sometimes shattering, Anaesthesia leavens science with personal experience to bring an intensely human curiosity to the unknowable realm beyond consciousness.
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* Extract in major weekend supplements in Australia and New Zealand * Radio interviews - RN & ABC local in every Australian city, and on Radio New Zealand * Extensive reviews in newspapers and literary magazines * Magazine coverage including in women's, health and lifestyle magazines * Online extract/interview Mamamia, Guardian, body + soul, daily life, health podcasts. * Large online marketing campaign including audience-targeted advertising with Fairfax and wide distribution of chapter samplers via Facebook * Advertising in the Monthly, ABR and the Big Issue * Printed chapter sample booklet available before publication (ask your rep) * Early reading copies available to the trade * Significant budget for bookseller catalogues including airport chains * Feature title in Text newsletters, website and social media campaigns * Author will be a guest of major Festivals

About the Author

Kate Cole-Adams is a Melbourne journalist. Her novel Walking to the Moon is published by Text.

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'The prose is quite gorgeous-simultaneously tough and tender.' Adelaide Advertiser on Walking to the Moon 'A work of splendid richness and depth, driven by a curiosity so intense that it hazards at times the extreme boundaries of the sayable.' -- Helen Garner 'Kate Cole-Adams has been fascinated with our funny non-being during surgery for a long time, and Anaesthesia feels like a book that's taken over a decade to write, which it is. It also feels like you're having a decade's worth of conversations with a dogged, but generous and resourceful thinker, with someone (she is both a journalist and a novelist) who can crack open a complex idea, and then run with it.' Readings

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