Kirsten Reed

Kirsten Reed

Kirsten Reed was born in 1973 in Seattle. She grew up in New Zealand, Germany and various parts of the US before moving to Australia as an adult. She now lives in Maine, and works as a freelance artist and writer. The Ice Age is her first novel.


22nd December: Kirsten Reed checks in from an island off Maine

A message from Kirsten: 'This was fun. I don't read much at all when I'm writing, so I skipped the reading part (of the questions), but here are the answers I got to, below.'

Kirsten Reed has lived in Seattle, New Zealand, Germany and various other places in the US, before moving to Australia. Her first novel, The Ice Age, is about a young girl who meets an older man, and their journey across America.

What people are saying about The Ice Age

With the publication of The Ice Age, things are really starting to heat up on the critical front. Shining reviews have been coming in thick and fast, so be sure to read Kirsten Reed's stunning debut to see what it's all about.

Gunning it with Gunther: A playlist for the road

Gunning it with Gunther: A playlist for the road

No American road trip could be complete without a beaten-up car stereo, a glove box full of tapes, and a thousand miles of tarmac to get through them all (or, failing that, an auxiliary cable and an iPod on shuffle). To celebrate Kirsten Reed's success in being shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer's prize, we've compiled a playlist of Gunther's road music from her phenomenal debut The Ice Age.

An extract from Kirsten Reed's powerful debut

It looked just the same. The world, that is. The road; the shimmering gray asphalt, pea-green grass, people's houses, people's barns, people's cars, the trees, were all unmoved and unchanged by recent events.