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No evacuation plan, no safety net.

Amelia's quitting the daily grind to find her fantasy job.

But a shocking secret from the past shows her that where there's smoke, there's fire ... 

And sometimes you just have to save yourself.

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 had for a decade.

At a loss at what she wants to do next - and fast running out of cash - Amelia tries her hand at the dream jobs she’s always fantasised about. Soon she’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 her mother, 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.

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


Emergency Exit Only published by HarperCollins Australia

Cover Illustration by Louisa Maggio, Cover Design by Darren Holt


Praise for Emergency Exit Only


'Makes you feel like anything is possible ... A hilarious tale about second chances.'

Review, Weekend Australian

'Hilarious, ingenious and inspiring.'

Better Reading


‘Michelle Upton has done it again! I adored Amelia’s journey of self-discovery.

Emergency Exit Only is a fun read with a truckload of heart.

This is a book for anyone who’s ever dreamed of chucking their day job in for something more exciting.

A book about not just following your dreams but about discovering exactly what those dreams are.  

 You’ll fall in love with Amelia on her journey of self-discovery.'  

Kelli Hawkins

author of Apartment 303

'Every woman who dreams about experiencing more than the daily grind will see herself in Amelia, a delightfully loveable Aussie heroine! A poignant story of self-discovery that’s also delightfully fun and full of adventure and mishap. The perfect holiday read!'

Tess Woods

author of Love and Other Battles

'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

'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 Podcast

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


Anna Loder


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