April’s Book Picnic Recommendations

This month we met for Book Picnic, not in the library, but remotely! Here are the books we’ve been reading:

  • Book cover of The Lives Before Us by Juliet Conlin showing an illustration of two women, one with a child, against a backdrop of a city by the sea with a sailing boat. The Lives Before Us by Juliet Conlin. Recommended by Elaine who says she ‘is really enjoying it and will definitely be looking for more of Conlin’s work’
  • The House By The Loch by Kirsty Wark. Recommended by Anna who says she ‘was determined not to like this book but couldn’t help but enjoy it… a quiet mystery with amazing descriptive power’
  • A Proper Person to be Detained by Catherine Czerkawska. Recommended by Anna
  • Imperial Leather: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in the Colonial Context by Anne Mcclintock. Recommended by CarolineBook cover of Queenie by Candic Carty-Williams. It is a pink cover with an illustration of a woman's braided hair tied up in a bun on her head.
  • Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor. Recommended by Caroline
  • Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams. Recommended by Deborah
  • Skint Estate by Cash Carraway. Recommended by Deborah who says the author has ‘a wicked sense of humour’
  • Things A Bright Girl Can Do by Sally Nicholls. Recommended by Deborah
  • Happy by Anna Burns. Recommended by Deborah
  • Book cover of The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman showing a silhouette of a woman in 19th century dress with her fists held up to fight The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman. Recommended by Donna who says this is a ‘real rollicking read and she has never read a character like Ruth Webber’
  • Females in the Frame: Women, Art, and Crime by Penelope Jackson. Recommended by Donna
  • Corsets to Camouflage by Kate Adie. Recommended by Dorothy who says it was ‘Very interesting but took a long time to read’
  • Divided City by Theresa Breslin. Recommended by Dorothy who says it’s ‘really interesting to read from a young person’s point of view’
  • Book cover of Pet by Akwaeke Emezi showing a portrait of a young girl with afro hair and a large featherPet by Akwaeke Emezi. Recommended by Emily who says ‘it is the best YA book she’s read in so long. Though there are dark subjects at its core, the book talks about good and evil in a really gentle and amazing way through the character of Pet’
  • The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris. Recommended by Jenna who stayed up all night and read it in one setting.
  • The Summer Book by Tove Jannson. Recommended by Morag who says ‘it  is set in nature and full of light and air as well as humour’
  • Book cover of The Summer Book by Tove Jannson. It shows a small island surrounded by blue sea and skyThe Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver. Recommended by Wendy
  • Recollections of My Nonexistence by Rebecca Solnit. Recommended by Wendy who says she is ‘loving it, it’s full of so many beautiful quotes’
  • The Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler. Recommended by Mattie who says it ‘is an amazing book, full of incredible insights, scarily relevant at times but also hopeful and beautiful solutions.’


Book cover of The Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler showing an illustration of a woman against a backdrop of fire

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