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The Gracekeepers - Kirsty Logan

The Gracekeepers - Kirsty Logan
The Gracekeepers - Kirsty LoganThe Gracekeepers - Kirsty LoganThe Gracekeepers - Kirsty Logan

Title: The Gracekeepers

Author:  Kirsty Logan

ISBN:  9781846559167

Weight:  839g

Signed, dated and doodled first edition, first printing



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The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

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.

Peer & Press Reviews

Everything about this book is beautiful; the language is as poetic and diaphanous as nature and the many characters who contribute to the story are utterly authentic in this magic realist world.  Every one of them stays with you, leaving you craving more about their back stories and their fates.  Logan has a uniquely light touch on the theme of fluidity of gender and, above all, it all seems driven by humanity.  This is a delicious piece of work from a supremely talented young writer.


The Gracekeepers blends fairy tale and environmental apocalypse into a moody and arresting tale of loss, myth, and new beginnings.

Library Journal

Logan is an ambitious young writer who has enthusiastically assumed the role of a storyteller.  Some passages in the novel are outstanding, illustrating a sensitive feel for the ocean and the taut suspense of high-wire circus acts.  She also has a knack for conveying buried tension.


Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Gracekeepers
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Edition features This is a beautiful book designed by the very talented Suzanne Dean.  It features pictorial covers coated with a SuperMatt laminate finish.  The endpapers echo the design theme of the jacket and cover while red decorative head and tail bands enhance the spine.
Jacket note On the front of the jacket is a BBC Radio 2 Book Club sticker (see image).  Because the paper used for the jacket has a laminate finish, WE DON’T ADVISE REMOVING THIS as it could result in a flaw known as Sticker Ghost.
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Dated 27/4/15
Doodled with a depiction of a small boat
Awards and Media
Awards and prizes

Lambda Literary Award (LGBT SF/F/Horror) 2016 – winner

Golden Tentacle (debut novel) Award 2015 – shortlist

Book Club listing Featured on Radio 2 Book Club (Monday 27 April 2015)
Book Stats
Publisher Vintage Publishing
Imprint Harvill Secker
Publication date
Printed by Clays Ltd, Bungay
ISBN 13 9781846559167
ISBN 10 1846559162
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 293
Size (h x w x d) 242 x 162 x 30mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Monkeytwizzle Photography
Design Suzanne Dean
Cover illustration Felicita Sala

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