The Book Group

Glasgow Women’s Library Book Group is welcoming and inspiring, connecting women who like reading with each other and to a host of amazing and surprising new reads.  The book group is one of the Library’s longest running and most popular regular groups, meeting approximately once a month at the GWL space.

Join the Book Group

To become a Book Group member we ask you to do the following:

Contact us to let us know you want to join, our Book Group facilitator will then be in touch with the name of the next book and the date of the next meeting. If the book group is currently full you will be placed on the waiting list.

In the meantime, if you are not already a Glasgow Women’s Library borrower then sign up here or pop in to the library and complete a borrower form you will be asked whether you require a concession, please fill this bit in.

Once you are a borrower you can then sign up to the Book Group proper. The cost for a one year membership is £5/ £10. Alternatively this is a group that is free to Friends of GWL.  Your membership fee helps cover the costs of the Book Group for which we currently do not have another source of funding.

You can attend your first meeting for free to try it out – after this membership is payable and is renewed annually. We are unfortunately unable to offer a refund if you leave part way through the year. You will only be charged once your membership of the book group has been confirmed by the book group facilitator. All payments will be handled directly through Glasgow Women’s Library, and can be paid in cash, cheque or via paypal.

The Book group offers members: the loan of books (in partnership with the Mitchell Libraries readership development scheme), a welcoming environment, tea and coffee, email updates and group facilitation. You are also contributing to a unique and precious resource in Scotland.

Books are distributed at each meeting to members, with spare copies left for collection in the Library. After reading, books can either be left at the Library, or returned to any Glasgow City Council public library.

Some of the books we have discussed

Books selected have included contemporary writing by Scottish writers and classic fiction. Over the past three years the Book Club has read the following:

  • The Colour Purple – Alice Walker
  • The Bloody Chamber – Angela Carter
  • Fingersmith – Sarah Waters
  • The World’s Wife – Carol Ann Duffy
  • Trumpet – Jackie Kay
  • Beloved -Toni Morrison
  • White Teeth – Zadie Smith
  • The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
  • Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte
  • The Bonesetter’s Daughter – Amy Tan
  • Sitting Amongst the Eskimos – Maggie Graham
  • The Cutting Room – Louise Welsh
  • Lovers, liars, conjurors and thieves – Raman Mundair
  • Mrs Dalloway – Virginia Woolf
  • Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
  • Time Traveller’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger
  • The Mandarins – Simone de Beauvoir
  • Notes on a Scandal – Zoe Heller
  • Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte
  • The Finishing School – Muriel Spark
  • Lolly Willowes or The Loving Huntsman – Sylvia Townsend Warner