Glasgow Women’s Library offered a full, fun schedule of events for Book Week Scotland 2013. I had a great time at several of the sessions on offer, where I got the chance to indulge my love of reading and writing as well as taking part in some lively, inventive and therapeutic activities that I haven’t […]
I’ve just finished reading The Broken Man and must admit to finding it hard to put down. The story concerns Adam, a boy who witnessed domestic violence and his struggle to contend with the feeling of hatred against the perpetrator. You can’t help but root for Adam and I felt […]
An addition to GWL’s collection of books for younger women, Half LIves is entertaining and exciting, but will also make the reader think about the way we treat our world today.
Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies are the first parts of a trilogy about Thomas Cromwell, who rose from humble beginnings as a blacksmith’s son to the highest offices of the Tudor state. The final part of the trilogy will be published next year and, even although I know how it must end, I can’t wait. I love what Mantel has done with the character of Cromwell.
Our volunteer Elaine recommends: The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier Having read and enjoyed “The Last Runaway” by Tracy Chevalier I was eager to read more of her work. “The Virgin Blue” flits between 16th and 20th Century, the main characters being Iabelle (16th) and Ella (20th). Set predominantly in France, Ella is trying to […]
Our volunteer Elaine recommends: The Thread by Victoria Hislop Set in Thessaloniki the reader is transported to 1917, whilst the Prologue fast forwards to 2007. Victoria Hislop weaves her magic through the pages just like the thread within her story. Short stories are also available by Victoria Hislop. The Night Circus by […]
The Collected Stories is a compilation of short stories from some of Lorrie Moore’s previous publications (Birds of America (1998), Like Life (1990), Anagrams (1986) and Self Help (1985)), prefaced with four new stories for this release. A bulky volume at over 650 pages, it starts in an underwhelming way; Foes is trying […]
Elaine W recommends: The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes Part One opens during the 1st World War; the reader is introduced to Sophie Lefevre as she hides a pig from the local Kommandant (who is subsequently drawn to Sophie). Sophie finds various ways to score points off the occupying force. Read how she […]
Elaine W recommends: The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier Honor Bright, a Quaker, decides to emigrate to America with her sister (who is betrothed to Adam in Ohio). The characters leap off the page and you empathise with Honor as she tries to keep her beliefs (in opposing slavery) whilst trying to fit in […]
Elaine recommends: The Kashmir Shawl by Rosie Thomas The discovery of her grandmother’s shawl amongst family belongings starts a quest, by Mair, to discover its history – which involves travelling to India. The reader is introduced to Mair’s grandparents and their story is interwoven with Mair’s experiences. Rosie Thomas blends present and past […]