Watch the Story Behind Breathless…


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Amy McCulloch is a Chinese-White author, born in the UK, raised in Ottawa, Canada, now based in London, UK. She is the co-author of the #1 YA bestselling novel THE MAGPIE SOCIETY: One for Sorrow, and has written seven solo novels for children and young adults. She has hit the bestseller lists in several countries around the world, and been published in fifteen different languages. Breathless is her adult thriller debut.

Before becoming a full-time writer, she was editorial director for Penguin Random House Children’s Books. In 2013, she was named one of The Bookseller‘s Rising Stars of publishing.

When not writing, she loves travelling, hiking and mountaineering. In September 2019, she became the youngest Canadian woman to climb Mt Manaslu in Nepal – the world’s eighth highest mountain at 8,163m (26,781ft). Other addictions include coffee, ramen and really great books.

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Testimonials for Breathless

Breathless is a high-altitude, high-stakes thriller that combines fascinating, authentic mountaineering experience with pure thriller entertainment. The suspense rises like the Nepalese mountain it is set on. Reminded me of the best of Michael Crichton, where in-depth knowledge and a masterful plot work together to create a tense adrenaline-fuelled ride. I loved it‘ — Matt Haig ― Sunday Times bestselling author of The Midnight Library

‘Nail-biting, chilling, totally exhilarating…a true triumph’ — Stacey Halls, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Familiars

‘I loved it. I read it in two sittings. It was so tense by the end, the air in my bedroom felt as thin as in the mountains. I think it’s a total triumph of a thriller.‘ — Gillian McAllister, Sunday Times bestselling author of That Night

‘A breathtaking book set at 8000 metres – the air alone can kill you, and there’s a killer on the loose too. I absolutely loved this, the author’s incredible knowledge of mountaineering really shone through – a real page-turner that I read in a couple of days. Tense, terrifying and fascinating in equal measure‘– Catherine Cooper, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Chalet

Tense, chilling and terrifying with unforgettable characters and an unpredictable and atmospheric plot. One of the most original thrillers I’ve read. It deserves to be huge!’ — Claire Douglas, Sunday Times bestselling author of Last Seen Alive

Breathless is a thriller that moves at a breakneck pace through the ice-packed dangers of the Death Zone. I felt like I was on the mountain and raced to the end. Read it, and it’ll leave you breathless, too‘ — Laura Lam ― Sunday Times bestselling author of Seven Devils and Goldilocks

‘It’s rare that a thriller actually lives up to that word. But here – in the jeopardy its characters are plunged into, in the story’s twists and turns, and in the true star of the novel, the mountain itself – Breathless truly manages to thrill‘ — James Smythe ― author of I Still Dream

A truly breathtaking thriller. It had me gasping and guessing with every turn of a page. The audacity of the adventure is only matched by the brilliance of McCulloch’s deft and evocative writing‘ — Kim Curran ― author of the Slay series


Amy is an experienced public speaker, from small single class sizes to 400+ student events. For inquiries about school visits, please feel to use contact her using the form below.

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