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Kirsty Logan

Hello! I’m Kirsty Logan, a writer of novels and short stories. My books are Things We Say In The Dark, The Gloaming, The Gracekeepers, A Portable Shelter, and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales.

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Kirsty Logan

Hello! I’m Kirsty Logan, a writer of novels and short stories. My books are Things We Say In The Dark, The Gloaming, The Gracekeepers, A Portable Shelter, and The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales.

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January/February 2020 Reads

1st Mar 2020 in Books, News

I’ve read a lot of books so far this year – over 50, mostly due to travelling, being stuck in bed with a cold, and finishing up a lot of books I’d half-read last year. However, this list is a little shorter than usual, with only eight books I want to mention. Perhaps reading so much really highlighted the exceptional ones – or maybe it’s that I read too much, too fast, and the usual grammar of fiction began to grate, so only the most strange and beautiful stood out. Whatever the case, I’ve read a lot of good books lately, and here are the best.

The fiction below is all curious, dark, brutal, fantastical – and all by women writers. The non-fiction is clear-eyed and mind-expanding, with a depth that went far beyond their short page-counts.

Read on for the 8 best books I’ve read recently:

You Let Me In, Camilla Bruce – A glorious, pitch-black fairy tale of a book. Lush, strange and defiant. As soon as I finished it, I went straight back to the start and read it again.

Dark Tales, Shirley Jackson – I bow to the queen.

She Would Be King, Wayétu Moore – A magical-realist imagining of Liberia’s early years. Like nothing else I’ve ever read.

The Memory Police, Yoko Ogawa & Stephen Snyder (translator) – Beautiful, scary, sad, thoughtful. I’ve thought about it every day since finishing it.

Wilder Girls, Rory Power – Teenage girls at an island boarding school turn into half-animal creatures. It’s also a love story. More please.

Hourglass: Time, Memory, Marriage, Dani Shapiro – I don’t read much memoir, but I’m very glad I picked this one up. It’s tender and thoughtful; the sort of thing that can only come from many years of deep work and observation.

I’m Afraid of Men, Vivek Shraya – A slim but explosive book about masculinity and heteronormativity, and the way that they damage all of us.

The Science of Storytelling, Will Storr – Writers: you need this.

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