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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.


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

The initial experience of Hitch is sobering and savage, and its final effect is emotionally shattering, despite glimpses of tenderness, goodness and beauty. The novel is relentless, but in the best possible way, pushing readers through the wringer but also compelling them to read on through the power of the prose. Quite simply a must read.

Simon McDonald, Potts Point 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

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  • Trade Paperback


    June 4, 2019

    Hamish Hamilton

    256 pages

    RRP $32.99

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    June 4, 2019

    Random House Australia

    256 pages

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  • Audio Download


    June 4, 2019

    Penguin Random House Australia Audio

    RRP $27.99

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