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!
With so much fiction to choose – fantasy, magic, murder, multiple realities, journeys to Indonesia, Jamaica, and eighteenth century Ukraine and Jerusalem – and four translations – you will definitely be transported to new places this month and there is something to suit everyone. Audre Lorde stands out with her poetry and essays, and Nell Dunn has her Talking to Women published after more than 50 years out of print, which is still as funny and wise.
We’ve received some great new donations these past few weeks which have now been catalogued by our volunteers and are ready for you to borrow. And if you like what you read why not fill out one of our recommendation cards when you return your book? (ask our friendly front of house team when you visit)
From a one stop guide to the menopause to Sally Rooney’s second novel, the history of feminism and a courageous call to arms, collections by Samantha Irby, Nan Shepherd and Shatila Stories, or novels risking pain and consequence there is something for everyone.
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…
Here is our new book of the month for our digital book group!
“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, 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!
“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.
The stories of Mary Channing and Mary Bateman are ones that have been silenced for hundreds of years. In these two fantastic biographies, Summer Strevens composes the first studies into both women since the post-execution salacious biographies used to tarnish and punish even their memory.