We are celebrating reading groups in all their glory at Giffnock on Saturday 22nd June. Come along, meet other group members and share reading loves ( and hates!) at our pop-up book cafe.
You can find out how to start up a group of your own and be the first to get your hands on brand new reading group books. Below are some of the titles we have read and loved and we will publish the full list on the day.
Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon: This is a beautifully written book that begins as 84-year-old Florence takes a fall in her nursing home after the arrival of a newcomer to the home who resembles a man she knew sixty years before. Redemption and reconciling with the past are explored in this wonderfully moving title from the author of The Trouble With Goats & Sheep.
Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel by Ruth Hogan: A story about mothers and daughters that will tug at your heart-strings. When Tilly's mother dies, she goes back to Brighton to sort through her mother's belongings but uncovers more than she bargained for. By revisiting the past, Tilly is able to put old ghosts to rest. A wonderful read full of big, bold characters that you really feel for.
The Key by Kathryn Hughes: 1956 : It's Ellen Crosby's first day as a student nurse at Ambergate Hospital. When she meets a young woman admitted by her father, little does Ellen know that a choice she will make is to change both their lives for ever. Jump forward to 2006: Sarah is drawn to the now abandoned Ambergate. Whilst exploring the old corridors she discovers a suitcase belonging to a female patient who entered Ambergate fifty years earlier. The shocking contents, untouched for half a century, will lead Sarah to unravel a forgotten story of tragedy and lost love, and the chance to make an old wrong right . A heartbreaking, powerful read that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.
Saturday 22nd June
Drop in between 2-4pm
National Library of Scotland; Lifting the Lid Display and Talk
Learn about the history of food and drink in Scotland with 'Lifting the lid', a special display by The National Library of Scotland; the display celebrates Scotland's changing relationship with food and drink, and explores the myths and traditions associated with the Scottish diet.
Scotland has a rich and diverse natural larder with plentiful supplies of fish, game, cereals and fruit. Yet Scots were branded the 'sick man of Europe', and their diet condemned.
Before the industrial age, the rural poor were said to be 'remarkably healthy', with frugal but wholesome diet. For most, meat was an occasional luxury and desserts unknown. But those who could afford it consumed lots of meat and used much sugar, now considered damaging to health.
Colourful panels in 'Lifting the Lid' feature content from printed and manuscript items, including pages from recipe books, food advertisements quotations, illustrations and photographs.
The display will be on show at local venues as follows:
Barrhead Library - Mon 15th April - Thu 2nd May
Giffnock Library - Sat 4th May - Thu 23 May
Eastwood Park Theatre - Sat 25 May - Thu 6 June
Mearns Library - Sat 8 June - Thu 20 June
Clarkston Library - Sat 22 June - Thu 4 July
In the meantime, feast your eyes on some Scottish Food books.