• just_a_girl by Kirsten Krauth

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    "… straddles YA and adult literary fiction in the same way as Tim Winton's Breath … Layla's is a unique voice. A beautifully told story.” — Cameron Raynes

  • Kirsten Krauth

    Novelist. Blogger. Editor. My first novel just_a_girl just published. I blog on all things literary and filmy at Wild Colonial Girl

    "just_a_girl is a complex and timely novel, the first book by a strong writer who is not afraid to go to honest, dark places." 
    — Angela Meyer, LiteraryMinded blog

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just_a_girl by Kirsten Krauth

Layla is only 14. She cruises online. She catches trains to meet strangers. Her mother, Margot, never suspects. Even when Layla brings a man into their home.

Margot’s caught in her own web: an evangelical church and a charismatic pastor.

Meanwhile, downtown, a man opens a suitcase and tenderly places his young lover inside.

just_a_girl tears into the fabric of contemporary culture. A Puberty Blues for the digital age, a Lolita with a webcam, it’s what happens when young girls are forced to grow up too fast. Or never get the chance to grow up at all.

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My novel has been widely and enthusiastically reviewed in the mainstream press and online. See all the reviews so far — including The Australian; Sydney Morning Herald; Newtown Review of Books; Lip Magazine; Birdee; Literary Minded; and YEN.


You can hear me talking about just_a_girl and girls growing up too fast with Natasha Mitchell and Michael Cathcard on Radio National’s Life Matters and Arts + Books Daily.

I’ve recently appeared at Clunes Booktown, Sydney Writers’ Festival and Bendigo Writers’ Festival talking about writing just_a_girl.

Donica Bettanin, programming manager of the Wheeler Centre, named just_a_girl as one of her Best Reads of 2013, describing it as a book “which vividly took me back to being a young woman grappling for the first time with sexual power and vulnerability”.

It reached number four on the bestseller list at Gleebooks and has had a hugely enthusiastic response on Goodreads, Amazon, Twitter and in the blogosphere.


If you’d like to buy a copy (in Australia/NZ), it’s available from ReadingsGleebooksBooktopia, in paperback from Amazon, and an ebook from iBooks and Amazon.com.au.

Bloggers and reviewers out there, always happy to send a review copy. You can contact me…


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