Glasgow Refugee Asylum and Migration Network (GRAMNet)

Bringing together researchers, practitioners and policy makers working with migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in Scotland

GRAMnet Book Club – Reading Across Worlds

The GRAMnet Book Club will be meeting on the 23rd April 17.30-19.00, in the wee upstairs room at Cafe Phoenix (on Woodlands Road).

The book we’ve decided to read is Margaret Elphinstone’s Voyageurs, which is set in North America during the 1812 War between the United States and Canada. Voyageurs is one of three of Margaret Elphinstone’s novels which feature islands, reflecting her fascination with the subject.


An extract from George Rosie’s review of the book in the Sunday Herald 3/8/2003: Elphinstone has done her research. Her history is bang up to date… Mark Greenhow is an unlikely – but deserving – hero. There is a quiet, dogged courage about him that is very satisfying. I have to say it’s a long time since I’ve read a novel with more pleasure and interest.Voyageurs is a strong story, very well told; a tale set against the background of an almost-forgotten war when British troops (under a Scots commander) tramped into Washington and burned down the White House… Voyageurs is the kind of fiction we’ll be reading long after the pretentious dross that makes the Booker prize list has been forgotten“.

Access the book from Amazon here. Or ask us for a copy!

As there weren’t many of us at last meeting we can put some time aside to discuss Junot Diaz’s Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao if anyone wants to talk about that as well.

Hope to see you there!


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