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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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Top 10 Winter Reads

14th Dec 2015 in Books

Winter

Winter is my favourite season. Bright snowy days, long dark nights: perfect for a cup of tea and a good book. Here are my favourite books to get you through these chilly months.

  • The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, Joan Aiken – My all-time favourite Christmas book. I loved it as a child, and as an adult I’ve yet to read anything as sinister as that stalled train in the middle of a snowy English countryside overrun by wolves.
  • Strange Things: The Malevolent North in Canadian Literature, Margaret Atwood – You might have noticed that I’m a bit obsessed with the north and the sea, and this slim book of essays delivers that in spades.
  • If on a Winter’s Night a Traveller, Italo Calvino – I first read this on a sunny Spanish beach, which was a mistake, as this sort of trippy, playful metafiction is much better suited to winter.
  • Through the Woods, Emily Carroll – Possibly the most beautiful book I’ve ever read, and the stories are so creepy that I had trouble sleeping afterwards.
  • NOS4R2, Joe Hill – I’m not a fan of feel-good Christmas stories – but the horrifying, vivid world of Christmasland? Bring it on.
  • The Shining, Stephen King – If Christmas means spending time with family you’d rather avoid, this is the chilly, claustrophobic book for you.
  • North Child, Edith Pattou – A version of ‘East of the Sun, West of the Moon’, and one of my all-time favourite fairytale retellings.
  • Northern Lights (AKA The Golden Compass), Philip Pullman – One of the most vivid fantasy worlds I’ve ever read.
  • The Secret History, Donna Tartt – Whenever I think of this book, I remember snow.
  • Mysterious Christmas Tales, David Wyatt (editor) – I’ve reread this every Christmas since I was about 12. Is there anything better than a ghost story in December?

What will you be reading this winter?

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