How much do we really know about what happens to us under anaesthetic 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? Anaesthesia is Kate Cole-Adams’ riveting examination of these questions – a lyrical, sometimes shattering book that’s been hailed by Helen Garner as “a work of splendid richness and depth”. Kate speaks to ABC RN’s Natasha Mitchell about what goes on when we go under.

Kate Cole-Adams (Australian)

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Kate Cole-Adams is a Melbourne-based writer and journalist. Her new book, Anaesthesia, won the 2018 Mark and Evette Moran Nib Literary Award and has been shortlisted for the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award (non-fiction category). It is a personal, journalistic and philosophical exploration of what happens when we go under. Her 2008 novel, Walking to the Moon, was short-listed in the Unpublished Manuscript section of the 2006 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards.

Natasha Mitchell (Australian)

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Natasha Mitchell is a multi-award winning ABC journalist, broadcaster and podcaster, presenting flagship programs including Life Matters and All in the Mind and now ABC RN's new culture, science and storytelling show, Science Friction. She served as vice president of the World Federation of Science Journalists and her work has received accolades internationally, including the New York Radio Festivals' Grand Prize and four Gold World Medals, and an MIT Knight Fellowship. She was co-editor of Best Australian Science Writing 2013.