“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.”

BUY A COPY.

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…

HIGHLIGHTS.

  • You can hear me talking about just_a_girl and girls growing up too fast with Natasha Mitchell and Michael Cathcart on Radio National’s Life Matters and Arts + Books Daily.
  • I’ve appeared at Clunes Booktown, Sydney Writers’ Festival and Bendigo Writers’ Festival talking about writing just_a_girl.
  • I was live-streamed via the Wheeler Centre from Bendigo talking about Risky Fictions.
  • Donica Bettanin, former 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.

REVIEWS.

just_a_girl 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.

FESTIVALS, INTERVIEWS & GUEST BLOGS.

I’ve appeared at the Sydney Writers’ Festival in Katoomba, Clunes Booktown and Bendigo Writers’ Festival for a number of years, given radio interviews and chatted with many wonderful bloggers. Here are more details on media appearances with just_a_girl.

JUST_A_GIRL EXTRACT & BOOK CLUB NOTES.

If you’d like a taste, here is an introduction to my novel, just_a_girl. The three characters’ narratives interweave throughout the book: 14-year-old Layla, her single mother Margot, and Tadashi, a shy man Layla meets briefly on the train. You can read an extract or download the book club notes.