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Debut novel by Australian talent snapped up by Picador in the UK

We were thrilled to accept a recent offer from Picador in the UK for Kirsten Reed’s The Ice Age, which we are publishing in July. We’re sure this will be the first of many territories to embrace this exciting new author, as word spreads about Kirsten Reed.

‘Compelling—the twenty-first century love child of Lolita and Huck Finn.’ Christos Tsiolkas

Paul Baggeley, the Publisher at Picador in the UK, had this to say: ‘I read The Ice Age over one night and I was totally transported to the mythical American world of the endless highways, bizarre towns and lawless states, as well as to the imaginative world of its captivating narrator. This narrative voice struck me as totally believable—the voice of a young woman who is both vulnerable and brave, innocent and wise: I have not read anything that captured this state so well since Alan Warner’s Morvern Callar, which for me is the highest possible praise. This is an original and very moving love story, between two damaged people; and, in the figure of Gunter, Kirsten Reed has also created a complex, hugely charismatic but tragically flawed character. I think this is a beautiful novel that will herald the start of a remarkable writing career.’


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