Book Reviews

Bad Girls from History: Wicked or Misunderstood? By Dee Gordon.

Well-Behaved Women Rarely Make History. -Laurel Thatcher Ulrich And yet, it is obvious that they demand of women greater constancy than they themselves have, for they who claim to be of this strong and noble condition cannot refrain from a whole number of very great defects and sins, and not out of ignorance, either, but […]

Review: Wir haben sie noch alle! – a publication by the Berlin feminist archive

GWL was recently sent a publication by the biggest German archive on women’s history, the FFBIZ which is located in Berlin. We are thrilled to find out that our publication 21 Revolutions served as a model for the fortieth anniversary special by the FFBIZ. Our intern Jeanette tries to break down the language barrier in this review, puts the work into context and relates what she liked best.

Women, Fear and Fairy Tails: A Review of Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Stories crafted from or inspired by fairy tales have been my favourites since I was a child, when they would fill me with wonder and excitement. These days, when I hear about a book of newly crafted fairy tales in adult form, much of the same feeling still remains. There’s something about the whimsy, the […]

Our volunteers and staff recommend…

Our most recent Book Picnic took place on Friday 20th and as usual was filled with exciting new recommendations.

Review: The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

The Cruel Prince is the much-anticipated maiden novel of acclaimed American young adult author Holly Black’s latest fantasy trilogy. Having read and very much enjoyed the magic and musings on morality present in Black’s previous YA works, The Cruel Prince was high on my must reads of 2018. Set in the cruel, deceptive and xenophobic […]

Our volunteers and staff recommend…

We had another session of our Book Picnic with Rosie, Gaby, Wendy and Pauline. And as usual wonderful book recommendations were shared: Small White Monkeys by Sophie Collins This wonderful publication is about shame, self-expression and self-help. The image of the small white monkeys is taken from one of Sophie Collins’ poems called ‘The Engine’ […]

Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire: A Question of Family, Love and Morality

Kamila Shamsie’s Home Fire was long-listed for last year’s prestigious Man Booker Prize. It’s an elegant, thought provoking and socially relevant tale of clashing cultures, family loss, grief and a young woman of Islam’s place in the modern world; torn between a service to family and faith and her own sense of individuality and morality. […]

Star by star by Sheena Wilkinson

I really enjoyed this book. Stella is a hugely engaging character, even though her conviction that she knows what is best for everyone leads her into some terrible scrapes and embarrassing situations.

Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine by Gail Honeyman

What a read! It’s funny and sad at the same time. Definitely recommend this book and look forward to more Gail Honeyman books.

Our volunteers and staff recommend…

Last Tuesday we had our second session of the Book Picnic! So exciting! And again it was filled with amazing new recommendations that we want to share with you. Daring to Drive – Manal al-Sharif A very inspiring memoir, written by a Saudi-Arabian woman who dared to drive. She challenges rules and breaks the taboo that […]