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, as they’ve agreed to only ever tell the plain truth. 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. As their tales build and grow along with their child, Liska and Ruth realise that the truth lives in their stories, and they cannot hide from one another.”
A Portable Shelter is a collection of linked stories about loss, identity and the purpose of stories, inspired by Scottish folktales.
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“A Portable Shelter is not a collection of fairytales but a novel with fairytales interpolated. It’s actually about telling fairytales to a baby, and creating a safe place for the baby in the process. There’s a kind of dystopian vision hanging over it, some kind of apocalypse coming. There’s a Noah’s Ark feel to it. And this couple has a baby and they are keeping it safe by telling these stories.” – Marina Warner
“Written with supernatural verve, dark wit and violent beauty. It’s a heady mixture of fictionalised memoir, YA fantasy, Angela Carter-esque fable… There’s a lot of influences in there but Logan makes them her own.” – Michel Faber
“A Portable Shelter is not just a storybook. It is a subtle examination of why and how we tell stories to ourselves and others, stories that reveal and disguise our truths. It is a book to read all at once, on a train, or slowly, chapter by chapter, out loud.” – Christina Neuwirth
“Kirsty’s writing is unbelievably beautiful. Her words paint these gorgeous, sweeping pictures of a sky full of stars, palaces made of beach debris, wolves running through the woods, big circus tents, and lovely cottages on a Scottish beach. Rating: 9 – practically perfect.” – Caught Red Handed
“From circuses and escape, to witches, dragons and werewolves, it’s far from the fantastical feast it seems, with each rooted in reality: the disillusionment of falling out of love, the overwhelming feeling of loving too much and needing more, the struggle to provide for children in tough times, being the middle child, grief, death and how it lingers. It’s just a very, very good book. [★★★★★]” – Wonderland Avenue