The Gracekeepers


Kirsty LoganVenue: Gay’s the Word bookshop

The Gracekeepers:

The magical story of a floating circus and two young women in search of a home.

The sea has flooded the earth. North lives on a circus boat, floating between the scattered islands that remain. She dances with her beloved bear, while the rest of the crew trade dazzling and death-defying feats for food from the islanders. However, North has a secret that could capsize her life with the circus.

Callanish lives alone in her house in the middle of the ocean, with only the birds and the fish for company. As penance for a terrible mistake, she works as a gracekeeper, tending the graves of those who die at sea. What drove her from home is also what pulls her towards North.

When a storm creates a chance meeting between the two girls, their worlds change. They are magnetically drawn to one another, and the promise of a new life. But the waters are treacherous, and the tide is against them.


“Highly original … set in a haunting sea-world both familiar and mysterious.” – URSULA K. LE GUIN

“In luscious, vivid prose, Logan brings to mind Angela Carter, or Atwood or Winterson at their best.” – INDEPENDENT

“[A] remarkable story about love, family, roots and obligations… A colourful magic realist novel about finding your place.” – DIVA

About the Author:

Kirsty Logan is a writer, performer, literary editor, writing mentor and book reviewer. Her first book, The Rental Heart & Other Fairytales, won the Scott Prize and was longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. She regularly performs her stories at events and festivals throughout the world. She lives in Glasgow with her fiancée and their rescue puppy.
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