Book Reviews

May’s Book Picnic Recommendations

On the first Wednesday of every month, GWL team members share what we’ve read recently at our Book Picnic. Like last month, our Book Picnic took place remotely, giving all of us some valuable social interaction and providing us with many, many excellent book suggestions…

Red Dust Road by Jackie Kay

Red Dust Road saw me through the first few weeks of lockdown…

Book cover of The Summer Book by Tove Jannson. It shows a small island surrounded by blue sea and sky

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:

March by Geraldine Brooks

This is a gripping, powerful book. Reading it, I was impressed with the depth of Brooks’ research and how lightly it was carried – though complex, it was easy to follow and to remember the many and varied characters.

List of Books by Theme for Young Women

A selection of books from our library young women might like to read.

Cover of The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood. The cover is stark black, with a stylised figure of a woman dressed in red with a white bonnet.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

One of our volunteers gives a brief review on a book she read recently.

Flatlay of an open book partly lying on a tartan blanket and on a wooden table. On the right-hand side of the book are a cup of coffee and a piece of apple lattice pie on a plate.

Our Volunteers and Staff Recommend: This Month’s Book Picnic

Check out our reading recommendations from this month’s book picnic featuring historical fiction novels, a feminist recipe book, a feminist manifesto, etc.

Book Picnic

Our Volunteers and Staff Recommend: This Month’s Book Picnic

July is here and the summer holidays have officially started here in Glasgow. If you’re looking to add some great titles to your summer reading list, we’ve got you covered.

New books you can borrow this month

There are three fictional and three memoir books to choose from this month – all very different and creative; two poetry books, one by Iona Lee and the other by Liz Lochhead; a biography of Jane Haining; an examination of the italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi; travel to Iceland; and Amanda Thomson’s Scots Dictionary. I think there is definitely something for everyone this month!

The Pleasure Seekers by Tishani Doshi

March has been rainy and rainy with a side of chill and more rain. I beckon you, please, to indulge in prize winning poet Tishani Doshi’s The Pleasure Seekers where things are much warmer.