Book Reviews

He Mele A Hilo: A Hilo Song By Ryka Aoki

I have come to you in this dreary winter month to offer you a promise of sun and wonder as I take a few minutes to review the novel He Mele A Hilo, a sweet read sitting on the shelves of GWL, waiting for someone else to pick it up and share its warmth.

Our volunteers and staff recommend… Book Picnic of the month

The seasons go by, Christmas is coming, but our book picnic group remains. We are coming back to you now with wonderful book recommendations to help you deal with the cold that is settling! Classics, thrillers, magical and healing readings, as always, no recommendation is the same…

Inspirational Herstories

We have a wide selection of books about the suffrage movement. This blog is about 3 of them, and they are:-
* “From Liberal to Labour With Women’s Suffrage: The Story of Catherine Marshall” – which is a good read but a wee bit academic.
* “The Right To Vote An’ A’ That: a hundred years of Scottish Women Singing” – which is a little lyric book which singers could take out and about with them.
* “Caroline Phillips: Aberdeen Suffragette and Journalist” – which is a champion to Aberdeen Art Gallery’s unique correspondence collection.
All of them illustrate the important contribution women have made to history.

Book Review: ‘Island Wife : living on the edge of the wild’ by Judy Fairbairns

Laura, who is doing a placement with us until December, reviews one of the books recently donated by the publisher Two Roads.

Our volunteers and staff recommend… Book Picnic of the month

What a great way to welcome autumn and October with our monthly Book Picnic. Here are the books recommended on Wednesday 3rd October. It was funny to notice that most of the covers of the books brought were related to birds and feathers.   Pauline recommends: Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather by Tessa Boase A fascinating and […]

Cover of the book showing four women in early 20th century clothes carrying placards with slogans asking for "Votes for Women"

Book review: What the Suffragists Did Next

Find out why our volunteer Anna highly recommends this book.
In 1918, David Lloyd George’s post-war government passed the Representation of the People Act, and for the first time women were included in the political process. Women now accounted for nearly 50 per cent of the electorate, but universal suffrage was a long way off, and women still had to face censure and discrimination in their professional and personal lives.

Review: Schicksalsfäden – Women’s histories in thread and fabric

Glasgow Women’s Library is delighted to have been receiving numerous wonderful books, some of which come from our partners. In this review, our intern Jeanette looks at a collection of tapestries made by different international women and women’s groups. The book is a gift from the Women’s Cultural Museum of Furth, Germany.

First Hurrah Fares Well (Book Review)

“Swansong” by Kerry Andrew (Hardback – Jonathan Cape/ Penguin 2018) FICTION  reviewed by Jay Andrew, Front of House volunteer I will admit that it was the author’s last name that first  drew me, unused to seeing that which I share, in the hope of an affinity, a connection. What starts out as a tale of a young woman, […]

Queer: A Graphic History by Meg-John Barker and Julia Scheele.

Queer: A Graphic History, is a book by cartoonist Julia Scheele and Activist-Academic Meg-John Barker. It is both complex and simple, informative and questioning, funny and deep. It even manages to make those like theorists Michel Foucault and Judith Butler easy to understand if you’ve struggled in the past to get by their terminology!

Menna Elfyn’s Bondo, Antonella Anedda’s Archipelago and Tatiana Shcherbina’s Life Without: Bilingual Poetry.

“Every act of communication is a miracle of translation.” 
― Ken Liu, The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories
Bloodaxe’s billingual poetry collections like Menna Elfyn’s Bondo, Antonella Anedda’s Archipelago and Tatiana Shcherbina’s Life Without  are works of wonder. Here is why you should give them a read.