Benjamin Gilmour discusses his riveting memoir that exposes the fragility of our lives and the lengths the paramedics will go to save us.
Benjamin Gilmour has been a paramedic for the past twenty years. He has seen his fair share of drama. But the summer of 2008 remains etched in his memory for the very worst reasons.
In this riveting memoir, Benjamin Gilmour recounts the call-outs one very difficult summer working as a paramedic in Sydney: 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, 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. The Gap exposes the fragility of our lives and the lengths the paramedics will go to to try to save us.
Benjamin Gilmore will be in conversation with Genevieve Yates at The Book Room.
When: Thursday 26 September, 6 – 7pm Where: The Book Room Byron, Cnr Byron & Fletcher St Cost: Free, bookings essential
‘Sharp, intimate and humane. A work of daring.’ Christos Tsiolkas
‘A hard-to-put-down, blackly funny and action-packed tale written with flair.’Sydney Morning Herald
About Benjamin Gilmour
Benjamin Gilmour has worked as a qualified paramedic for more than 20 years. He is also an author and the writer / director of three feature films. His film Jirga was Australia’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar this year and won the Best Independent Film at the AACTA Awards and a NSW Premier’s Award for Best Screenplay. The Gap is Benjamin’s fifth book. He is based in Bangalow where he lives with his wife Kaspia and three children.
About Genevieve Yates
Dr Genevieve Yates, MBBS (Hons) FRACGP, is a medical educator, a GP and a writer. She has a keen interest in upskilling health professionals on mental health topics, including suicide prevention, and facilitates workshops around Australia on behalf of the Black Dog Institute. Currently she is the RACGP’s Principal Medical Education Advisor nationally, the RACGP Queensland Censor, Chair of the RACGP Expert Committee Pre-Fellowship Education, and a medical educator for MDA National. Genevieve injects her creativity into medicine and medicine into creativity.