Book Reviews

Book Review and Recommendation: Autumn by Ali Smith

In the fraught political times we live in, Scottish writer Ali Smith crafts a poignant story set in the immediate aftermath of Brexit, using this critical juncture in our nation’s history to subtly explore the delicate relationship between nationalism, the self and the complexities of time. It is a deeply moving novel – the first […]

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Run by Ann Patchett

It raises interesting questions about families – their allegiances and rivalries, the roles of nature and nurture, and the lengths to which a parent will go in order to protect a child.

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The readers of Broken Wheel recommend

This book is quirky and funny with an almost other worldly feel to it. An impressive knowledge of books is shown throughout and linked to various characters finding the joys of reading and discovering other worlds as well as insights into themselves.

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Shadow behind the sun by Remzije Sherifi

This is not an easy read. However if like me, you want to know more about what happened in the former Yugoslavia, then I recommend it. Rema is a compassionate and visionary woman who has used her dreadful experiences to build a better life, not just for her own family, but for those who followed behind her in seeking a new home in Glasgow.

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Helen Oyeyemi and Boy, Snow, Bird: a Review

Some of my very favourite reads are ones that intricately incorporate rich myth, folklore and fairytale, and Helen Oyeyemi’s novels are nothing if not characterised by her abundant use of all of the above, exploring territories and cultures that such historically mythical possibilities for narratives have become deeply embedded. From the central ghost story of […]

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Monstress volume 1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

  The realms of fantasy and sci-fi have been ,until recently, overwhelming masculine genres of fiction ,despite the impact of those like Le Guin and Atwood, as well as genres in which alternative worlds tended to be the creation of someone white. C.S Lewis and Tolkien writing works after their elite educations at Oxford in […]

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Ethyl Smith’s Story Café Specials: A List of 5 Great Women’s Historical Fiction

As part of Bookweek Scotland 2016, we will welcome Ethyl Smith into the Women’s Library on Thursday 24th November from 12:30-2:30, where she will host the next anticipated edition of our Story Café Specials. Ethyl will be joining us to discuss, elaborate and read from her much acclaimed historical novel Changed Times, which also happens […]

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A Review of The Novel The Color Purple In the Lead Up To ‘Celebrating Black on Screen Talent’

“I think us here to wonder, myself. To wonder. To ast. And that in wondering bout the big things and asting bout the big things, you learn about the little ones, almost by accident. But you never know nothing more about the big things than you start out with. The more I wonder, he say, […]

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‘The Writer’s Key’ – A Book Review

The following book review has very kindly been contributed by an anonymous participant at the Glasgow Women’s Library ‘Blogging for the Terrified’ workshop for women as part of the Harpies, Fechters and Quines Festival 2015. – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Book: ‘The Writer’s Key – Introducing […]

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Jean Armour, A Scottish Feminist Heroine: A review of The Jewel by Catherine Czerkawska and the Story Café event

The Living Mountain author, Nan Shepard is going to be the first woman on a Scottish bank note which is awesome but if I was to suggest someone from history to further immortalise it would be Jane Armour. Literature is one of the main things I very much admire about Scotland’s history and Catherine Czerkawska‘s […]

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