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Hachette Australia is delighted to congratulate Steven Amsterdam and Inga Simpson on being longlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2017 for their novels, The Easy Way Out and Where the Trees Were, respectively.

The Miles Franklin Literary Award was established in 1957 through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Stella Miles Franklin. It is Australia’s most prestigious literature prize, and is awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.

The finalists for the prize will be announced on Sunday 18 June 2017 at the Annual Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Conference Gala Dinner in Melbourne. We wish Steven and Inga the very best of luck!

For the full list of longlisted authors and books in 2017, visit: 

  • The Easy Way Out - Steven Amsterdam

    Evan is a nurse, a suicide assistant. His job is legal . . . just. He's the one at the hospital who hands out the last drink to those who ask for it. As he helps one patient after another die, Evan pushes against legality, his own morality and the best intentions of those closest to him, discovering that his own path will be neither quick nor painless.

  • Where the Trees Were - Inga Simpson

    Finding those carved trees forged a bond between Jay and her four childhood friends and opened their eyes to a wider world. But their attempt to protect the grove ends in disaster, and that one day on the river changes their lives forever. Not every wrong can be put right, but sometimes looking the other way is no longer an option.

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