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The Easy Way Out

The Easy Way Out


‘A poignant, sharply funny story that raises questions about life, death, and love’ Louise O’Neill

‘You might just want to find and hug a nurse after finishing this thoughtful and ethically nuanced novel’ Guardian

Evan is the one at the hospital who hands out the last drink to those who ask for it.

Evan’s friends don’t know what he does during the day. His mother, Viv, doesn’t know what he’s up to at night. And his supervisor suspects there may be trouble ahead.

As he helps one patient after another die, Evan pushes against the limits of the law – and his own morality. And with Viv increasingly unwell, his love life complicated, to say the least, Evan begins to wonder who might be there for him, when the time comes.

From an award-winning author, The Easy Way Out is a brilliantly funny and exquisitely sad novel that gets to the heart of one of the most difficult questions each of us may face: would you help someone die?

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 3rd November 2016

Price: £12.99

ISBN-13: 9781786480859


The Easy Way Out is incredibly funny . . . striking and unsettling . . . a finely poised book that deals with a difficult - and also critically important - subject matter with remarkable tenderness, humour, and nuance.
Australian Book Review
The Easy Way Out is a perfect storm of a novel. Superbly written and instantly engaging.
Sydney Morning Herald
The Easy Way Out is a poignant, sharply funny story that raises questions about life, death, and love, with plenty of heart and dark humour.
Louise O'Neill
A timely and stimulating topical novel.
'A treat to read - playful, intelligent, and intriguing '
Daily Mail on Things We Didn't See Coming
Amsterdam is a master satirizer of politically correct bureaucracy
The Times
Amsterdam is so damn good. He is up there with the best, Delillo and the like, original as Tsolkias, but most importantly he is a master storyteller in his own right, assured and compelling, he somehow articulates things you know deep down but never been able to put your finger on. I never want to stop reading him
Anna Krien, author of Night Games
An unsentimental, thought-provoking tale about the meanings of life, death and freedom of choice
Sunday Times
'Even in the blackest scenes Amsterdam's gift for mordant humour keeps the reader entertained'
Sunday Times
In this captivating novel, Steven Amsterdam explores the philosophical complexity of end-of-life choice without ever losing the urgency of an absorbing plot. The Easy Way Out is written with insight, humor, and brio
Andrew Solomon
Movingly rendered and blackly funny . . . unfailing compassion and humanity. You might want to find and find and hug a nurse after finishing this thoughtful and ethically nuanced novel
Read it once and then read it twice, often . . . Rarely has the darkness of life been looked at with such buoyant irony, imaginative grace and disarming candour.
Irish Times, on Things We Didn't See Coming
'The book as a whole is a small marvel, overflowing with ideas. Scary, funny, shocking and touching by turns, it combines the readerly pleasures of constant reorientation with the sober charge of an urgent warning'
Guardian on Things We Didn't See Coming