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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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Wanted: Islands and Adolescence

5th Jul 2011 in Books

For the past few months I’ve been working on Novel #2, Rust and Stardust, a modern fairy tale about mythical creatures coming of age on a Scottish island.

As research I have been reading masses of Scottish mythology (there are some fascinatingly odd stories about the Hebrides), and now I’m on the hunt for novels about:

  1. Islands
  2. The sea
  3. Females coming of age.

I’ve been hugely inspired by Kirsty Gunn’s Rain and Sarah Moss’s Night Waking, and next on my To Read list I have Karen Russell’s Swamplandia! and Samantha Hunt’s The Seas.

Anything else you can suggest?

9 responses to “Wanted: Islands and Adolescence”

  1. Nine says:

    Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell? First one that came to mind …

  2. Kirsty Logan says:

    Good suggestion, thank you. I’ve added it to my wishlist. I remember loving Gary Paulsen’s Hatchet and Elizabeth Laird’s Hiding Out – kids obviously love survival stories!

  3. Jill Widner says:

    Paul Gallico’s The Snow Goose.

    I watched the film in 1971 at the age of 17 and was transported.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z7PXmbcbpKM

  4. Jill Widner says:

    Edwidge Danticat’s Krik? Krak!

  5. Jill Widner says:

    The Story of Lucy Gault, William Trevor. your 3 categories are my favorite subjects.

  6. Kirsty Logan says:

    Thanks for these recommendations, Jill! They all look brilliant. I had ‘The Snow Goose’ on my shelf (though I’m not sure I’ve read it) so I’ve added that to the Things To Read As Research pile.

  7. Kate Connolly says:

    Females coming of age – it’s got to be The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter for me, if you haven’t read it already!

  8. Kate Connolly says:

    Wait, forget that, I’ve just scrolled down and read the bit from ‘Underskirts’, and I’m now convinced you MUST have read at least some Angela Carter already. Sorry!

  9. I would recommend two off the top of my head, although you may have read them both:

    –Ice Song
    http://www.icesong.com/books.html

    –The Bone People
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bone_People

    Can’t wait to read your novel!

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