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Debut Mondays: Gretchen Shirm, Lisa Reece-Lane, Kristel Thornell and Ingrid Laguna


Readers are spoilt for choice: bookshops are overflowing with the great, the good (and the rest), and it could not be harder to choose what to read next.

Every fortnight, let Debut Mondays be your guide. Come and have a glass of wine and discover the best new writers around.

This week we feature:

Gretchen Shirm, Having Cried Wolf

Lisa Reece-Lane, Milk Fever

Kristel Thornell, Night Street

Ingrid Laguna, Serenade for a Small Family


Ingrid Laguna

As a percussionist, singer and songwriter, Ingrid Laguna’s first novel Serenade for a Small Family touches on some of the subjects closest to her heart. Ingrid Laguna has toured Europe, Asia and Australia, recorded several albums, and taken percussion and songwriting workshops. With performance g... Read more

Gretchen Shirm

Gretchen Shirm is a Sydney lawyer and writer. Her collection of interwoven short stories Having Cried Wolf received the 2009 DJ O’Hearn Memorial Fellowship for Emergent Writers. Gretchen Shirm was born in Kiama in 1979 and moved to the north coast of NSW as a teenager. She has also lived in ... Read more

Lisa Reece-Lane

Lisa Reece-Lane studied music at the Victorian College of the Arts and Milk Fever is her first novel. Born in London, Lisa Reece-Lane moved to Australia with her family and studied music at Victorian College of the Arts and later, Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. She played with the Melbourne... Read more

Kristel Thornell

Kristel Thornell won the 2009 The Australian/Vogel Literary Award for her first novel, Night Street. Born in 1975, Kristel Thornell grew up in Sydney and the Blue Mountains. She studied French and Italian at the University of Sydney and spent a year in Italy, researching the author Giorgio Bassani a... Read more


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