New Books

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…

November’s Digital Book Group Read: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Here is our new book of the month for our digital book group!

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.

Burned At The Stake-The Life of Mary Channing/The Yorkshire Witch-The Life and Trial of Mary Bateman by Summer Strevens.

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.

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.

Our volunteers and staff recommend…

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

Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America’s Shining Women by Kate Moore.

    Sisters Albina Maggia Larice, Amelie Mollie Maggia and Quinta Maggia Mcdonald , Edna Bolz Hussman, Eleanor Ella Eckert, Genevieve Smith and her sister Josephine Smith, Grace Fryer, Hazel Vincent Kuser, Helen Quinlan, Irene Corby la Porte, Irene Rudolph, Jane Jennie Stocker, Katherine Schaub, Mae Cubberley Canfield, Marguerite Carlough and her sister Sarah Carlough […]