A Portable Shelter

A Portable Shelter

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 11mm | 137g
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 178470234X
  • 9781784702342
  • 51,859

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What’s important is that it works, and that Logan’s lyrical, dreamlike storytelling reminds us why folk tales exist.
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A fascinating and original book, Kirsty Logan is a writer to watch. * Diva * What's important is that it works, and that Logan's lyrical, dreamlike storytelling reminds us why folk tales exist. -- Alastair Mabbott * Herald * 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 * A collection of skillfully written short stories in which the beauty of imagination meets the inevitable harshness of life -- Vanessa Piras, four stars * Skinny *
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About Kirsty Logan

Kirsty Logan is a writer, performer, literary editor, writing mentor and book reviewer. She is the author of a short story collection, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales, and one novel, The Gracekeepers. She regularly performs her stories at events and festivals throughout the world. She lives in Glasgow with her wife and their rescue dog.

www.kirstylogan.com
@kirstylogan
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832 ratings
3.9 out of 5 stars
5 30% (246)
4 40% (329)
3 24% (200)
2 6% (50)
1 1% (7)
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