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Kirsty Logan

Hello! I’m Kirsty Logan, a writer of novels and short stories. My latest work is the Audible Original The Sound at the End. My other 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 latest work is the Audible Original The Sound at the End. My other 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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