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  • Published: 19 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473548688
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

The Gloaming

'The best lives leave a mark.' A bewitching tale of first love, shattering grief, and the dangerous magic that draws us home.

'The best lives leave a mark.' A bewitching tale of first love, shattering grief, and the dangerous magic that draws us home

Mara's island is one of stories and magic, but every story ends in the same way. She will finish her days on the cliff, turned to stone and gazing out at the horizon like all the islanders before her.

Mara's parents - a boxer and a ballerina - chose this enchanted place as a refuge from the turbulence of their previous lives; they wanted to bring up their children somewhere special and safe. But the island and the sea don't care what people want, and when they claim a price from her family, Mara's world unravels.

It takes the arrival of Pearl, mysterious and irresistible, to light a spark in Mara again, and allow her to consider a different story for herself.

The Gloaming is a gorgeous tale of love and grief, and the gap between fairy tales and real life.

  • Published: 19 April 2018
  • ISBN: 9781473548688
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 320

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 The Gloaming

Prepare to enter a book of otherworldly tales and delights.

Francesca Brown, Stylist

A gorgeous, atmospheric, magical love story.


Kirsty Logan is very talented... Selkies and other creatures of fairytales are offered us side by side with a bored girl pulling pints in the island pub... Logan brings it off, daringly... a richly imagined and many-layered novel

Allan Massie, The Scotsman

A gorgeous story and unlike anything else.

The Sun

The lustrous, abandoned intensity of her prose is always a joy

Claire Allfree, Daily Mail

A mystical story to lose yourself in ****


[Logan] draws on her native Scotland’s folklore to craft an energetic tale of love and family ties… [It] ebbs like a tide to reveal the characters’ secrets, rewarding readers with more depth than the genre usually allows.

UK Press Syndication

Logan’s prose is dreamlike and delicious, weaving an unsettling, unearthly tale with the confidence of a master storyteller

Katie Welsh, Diva

Very talented...richly imagined and multi-layered...beauty and intelligence of the writing.


A multilayered novel, splicing folklore, poetic imagery and gritty realism to produce a powerful reflection on nature, family ties and the stories we tell ourselves


A gorgeous old-fashioned love story of romantic love and the love between parents and children, sisters and brothers. While on the surface it may seem like a whimsical fairytale, it’s how Logan deals with themes of trauma, grief, and loss through her magical metaphorical lens that makes the novel so impressive

Katie Goh, The Skinny

I was captivated...Magical beliefs and stories, unreliable narrators and tragic events are all woven together beautifully. Mara's family and their many losses, and Mara's relationship with Pearl are heartbreaking and compelling to read. The characters were beautifully flawed and complex, I couldn't stop turning the pages ’

Jess Richards, author of Snake Ropes

The Gloaming is a lyrical tale of family and isolation and love, brought to life through the magic of Logan’s unique imagination and exquisite prose.

Helen Sedgwick

Logan's writing is undeniably beautiful and captivates throughout

The Wee Review

The Gloaming is slipstream, sitting in that liminal space which isn’t exactly genre … reality in this world has room for magic, and stories take shape here.

Elaine Gallagher, Interzone

A novel that casts a spell of its own and rallies for a rousing finish

Alastair Mabbott, Herald

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