New books to borrow

TRANS edited by Dr Az Hakeem

Non Fiction

A guide to exploring Gender Identity and Gender Dysphoria

This book, the first of its kind, presents an easy-to-read, jargon-free guide to help anyone understand the terminology, the concept and the day-to-day reality of gender dysphoria and related concepts.


Is Gender Fluid? A primer for the 21st century by Sally Hines

Non Fiction

When we are born, we are each assigned a gender based on our physical anatomy. But why is it that some people experience such dissonance between their biological sex and their inner identity? Is gender something we are or something we do? Is our expression of gender inborn or does it develop as we grow?


Warriors and Witches and Damn Rebel Bitches by Mairi Kidd.

Historical Biographies

This book begins with a challenge. Take a five-year-old girl growing up in Scotland in 2019. Where might you find Scottish women to inspire her?


Girl, Woman, Other by Bernadine Evaristo


From one of Britain’s most celebrated writers of colour, Girl, Woman, Other is a magnificent portrayal of the intersections of identity, and a moving and hopeful story of an interconnected group of Black British women.


The Old Drift by Namwali Serpell


“A dazzling debut, establishing Namwali Serpell as a writer on the world stage” — Salman Rushdie, The New York Times Book Review. Longlisted for the Centre for Fiction First Novel Prize. “Clear-eyed, energetic and richly entertaining” — The Washington Post.


The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriele Cabezón Cámara


The Adventures of China Iron is a queer western, a story of love and adventure, and a political reading of the fringes of the globe. This subversive retelling of Argentina’s foundational gaucho epic Martin Fierro is a celebration of the colour and movement of the living world, the open road, love and sex, and the dream of lasting freedom.


The Promise by Xin Ran


A spell-binding and magical narrative, this is the story of modern China through the people who lived through it, and the tale of their love and loss.


The Beekeeper of Sinjar; Rescuing the Stolen Women of Iraq by Dunya Mikhail


In The Beekeeper of Sinjar, the acclaimed poet and journalist Dunya Mikhail tells the harrowing stories of women from across Iraq who have managed to escape the clutches of ISIS. Since 2014, ISIS has been persecuting the Yazidi people, killing or enslaving those who won’t convert to Islam.


Happy Fat; Taking Up Space in a World That Wants to Shrink You by Sofie Hagen


“Perfect, kind, hilarious and persuasive” – Lena Dunham.  “You need this book. Your mum needs this book. Your best friend needs this book. Everyone needs a dose of Happy Fat!” – Julie Murphy.


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