just_a_girl by Kirsten Krauth

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.”

Festivals, gigs and media


  • Sydney Writers Festival panel with Felicity Castagna in Katoomba
  • Clunes Booktown festival guest
  • Book launches in Sydney at Gleebooks and Castlemaine at Lot 19
  • #4 in the bestseller list at Gleebooks
  • Appearing live on Radio National with Natasha Mitchell at Bendigo Writers Festival
  • Reviews in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian
  • Risky Fictions live stream from Bendigo Writers Festival with the Wheeler Centre
  • Panel at the Castlemaine library with Angela Savage
  • Castlemaine Word Mine session with Martine Murray, Ellie Marney and Simmone Howell

  • Kirsten Krauth, just_a_girl