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Hitch - Kathryn Hind

Paperback Published: 4th June 2019
ISBN: 9780143794349
Number Of Pages: 256

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Winner of the inaugural Penguin Literary Prize.

Amelia stands beside a highway in the Australian desert, alone except for her dog and the occasional road train that speeds past her raised thumb.

After her mother's funeral, Amelia was confronted by Zach and reminded of the relationship they had when she was a teenager. She feels complicit and remains unable to process what happened. So she ran. Her best friend, Sid, is Zach's cousin and the one person in the world she can depend upon.

But, of course, the road isn't safe either. Amelia is looking for generosity or human connection in the drivers she finds lifts with, and she does receive that. But she is also let down.

Hitch is a raw exploration of consent and its ambiguities, personal agency and the choices we make. It's the story of twenty-something Amelia and her dog Lucy hitchhiking from one end of the country to the other, trying to outrun grief and trauma, and moving ever closer to the things she longs to escape.

Kathryn Hind, winner of the inaugural Penguin Literary Prize, writes with acuity, empathy and wisdom. She is a shining new light on the Australian literary scene.

About the Author

Kathryn Hind was born in Canberra and has now returned there after living for five years in the UK. She’s published essays and short stories in various Australian journals and collections, and has had a poem published on one of Canberra’s Action buses. Kathryn began her first novel, Hitch , while studying in the UK, and in 2018 she was awarded the inaugural Penguin Literary Prize for the manuscript.

Industry Reviews

"This fine novel is frightening and tender and wholly original. ”
Tessa Hadley

“ A tautly poetic and gripping tale of a young woman's perilous odyssey as she willingly puts herself at the mercy of the strangers – whether kind or cruel – in order to test her ability to confront her painful past. ”
Ceridwen Dovey

“ Gritty and suspenseful, and left you feeling wrung out but relieved by the end. A very impressive novel. ”
Max Shirley, Macleans Bookshop

“ An introspective tale about a young woman hitchhiking across Australia to escape her life but not knowing what she is looking for. Amelia is complicated and relatable. I really enjoyed and recommend it. ”
Sarah Deasy, Avid Reader Bookshop

ISBN: 9780143794349
ISBN-10: 0143794345
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 4th June 2019
Dimensions (cm): 23.2 x 15.4  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.39

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