Emergency Exit Only

The new funny and uplifting summer beach read from the author of Terms of Inheritance for fans of Toni Jordan, Rachael Johns and Jojo Moyes


No evacuation plan, no safety net ... Sometimes you just have to save yourself.

A hilarious, big-hearted story about second chances from the author of Terms of Inheritance

'Whimsical and heartfelt ... A great beach read with an unforgettable heroine' Sophie Green

'This fantastic up and coming writer makes you feel like anything is possible in this hilarious tale about second chances' Review, Weekend Australian

'Hilarious, ingenious and inspiring' Better Reading

Amelia Harris has played it safe all her life - but when a minor accident lands her in hospital, she dramatically quits the tedious office job she's been working at for a decade.

When her mother, Toni, asks her what she wants to do, Amelia is at a loss. Out of sheer desperation, she tries her hand at the dream jobs she's always fantasised about. Soon Amelia's shadowing a thrilling cast of characters and professions - as a journalist, a florist, a wedding planner, a zookeeper, and more. Life couldn't be more exciting, especially when she meets the man of her dreams.

But when Toni drops a truth bomb about their family, Amelia's whole world tilts on its axis. Meanwhile, each new job starts taking on a life of its own. Has she created a monster?

As she's about to find out, where there's smoke, there's fire, and sometimes you just have to save yourself.


'Hilarious, ingenious and inspiring ... the perfect balance of feel-good and thought-provoking' Better Reading

'Emily Henry in the Queensland sunshine ... The perfect summer read' Hannah May Reads

'Amelia Harris is the heroine you didn't know you needed but you'll be very glad you met. Whimsical and heartfelt, Emergency Exit Only leads you directly to a great beach read with an unforgettable heroine' Sophie Green, author of Weekends with the Sunshine Gardening Society

'I adored Amelia's journey of self-discovery ... A fun read with a truckload of heart about following your dreams - and discovering exactly what those dreams are' Kelli Hawkins, author of Apartment 303

'A heartfelt tribute to family ties, the relationships that bind us and appreciating what we already have ... Inspiring' Books + Publishing

'A sweet summer read with charming, nostalgic rom com vibes and a touching heart' Vanessa McCausland, author of Dreaming in French

'A relatable romp that proves that it's never too late to find your way' Clare Fletcher, author Love Match

'Upbeat and full of heart, Emergency Exit Only is guaranteed to make you smile. A tender, funny tale about the pursuit of a happier life. Michelle's storytelling is delightful' Jessica Seaborn, author of Perfect-ish

'Divine ... Upbeat, funny and with characters who will make you laugh and cry' Meredith Jaffe, author of The Tricky Art of Forgiveness

'Funny, poignant and thought-provoking, Emergency Exit Only is a delightful read from start to finish.' Penelope Janu, author of Shelter from the Storm

'Funny, relatable and warm-hearted, this story is a joy' Cass Moriarty, author of Parting Words

'A sparkling, feel-good story about second chances and opening yourself up to possibilities. I absolutely loved it' Claudine Tinellis, Talking Aussie Books

'Fun, fast and completely full of heart. For absolutely everyone who has wanted to stop playing it safe' Anna Loder, ReadABook

About the author(s)

Michelle Upton writes short stories and novels that examine our darkest fears and shine a light on hope and possibility. Born in Birmingham, England, Michelle emigrated to Australia in 2006 and is proud to call herself Australian. Michelle has a Bachelor (Hons) degree in Literature with Psychology, and before having children, she was a primary school teacher. Her debut novel, the much-loved Terms of Inheritance, was shortlisted for the HarperCollins Australia 2021 Banjo Prize. She lives on the Redlands Coast with her family. Visit www.michelleupton.com