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  • Published: 3 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473523883
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

A Portable Shelter




A collection of magical stories from the author of The Gracekeepers and The Rental Heart

In their tiny, sea-beaten cottage on the north coast of Scotland, Liska and Ruth await the birth of their first child.

Each passes the time by telling the baby stories, trying to pass on the lessons they’ve learned: tales of circuses and stargazing, selkie fishermen and domestic werewolves, child-eating witches and broken-toothed dragons.

But they must keep their storytelling a secret from one another, as they’ve agreed to only ever tell the plain truth. So to cloak their tales, Ruth tells her stories when Liska is at work, to a background of shrieking seabirds; Liska tells hers when Ruth is asleep, with the lighthouse sweeping its steady beam through the window.

  • Published: 3 November 2016
  • ISBN: 9781473523883
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 176

About the author

Kirsty Logan

Kirsty Logan is the author of the novels The Gracekeepers and The Gloaming, the short story collections A Portable Shelter and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales, the flash fiction chapbook The Psychology of Animals Swallowed Alive, and the short memoir The Old Asylum in the Woods at the Edge of the Town Where I Grew Up. Her books have won the LAMBDA Literary Award, the Polari First Book Prize, the Saboteur Award, the Scott Prize and the Gavin Wallace Fellowship, and been selected for the Radio 2 Book Club and the Waterstones Book Club. In 2019 she was selected as one of the ten most outstanding LGBTQ British writers for the International Literature Showcase. Her short fiction and poetry has been translated into Japanese and Spanish, recorded for radio and podcasts, exhibited in galleries and distributed from a vintage Wurlitzer cigarette machine. She lives in Glasgow with her wife and their rescue dog.

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Praise for A Portable Shelter

A collection of skillfully written short stories in which the beauty of imagination meets the inevitable harshness of life

Vanessa Piras, four stars, Skinny

A collection of skilfully written short stories in which the beauty of imagination meets the inevitable harshness of life… Undeniable literary merit.

Vanessa Piras, List

What’s important is that it works, and that Logan’s lyrical, dreamlike storytelling reminds us why folk tales exist.

Alastair Mabbott, Herald

A fascinating and original book, Kirsty Logan is a writer to watch.

Diva

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