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Ladies first, but all welcome.,
This review is from: Ladies First: A History of the Queen Margaret Union of the University of Glasgow (Paperback)This book is a greatly entertaining read. The essays may not be perfect, there may be a wee bit repetition, but there's a lot of love inside. The book starts with beautiful descriptions of a Union and University no longer here, and the lives of upper class women in Glasgow before the turn of the century. It speaks, even then, of volunteers giving their all to the Union "often to the detriment of their degrees," and I've lost count of the students I've seen that happen to. If pressed, I might even admit it happened to me.
It's quite astonishing how the pictures of the Union in the 60s look exactly the same as now. The pictures of all the Board Members with their changing styles of dress are both informative and hilarious. The essays from all different eras are excellent, and the present-day snapshots are just as full of fun as those from the eighties/seventies/sixties...
The beauty of this book is in the sheer number of writers, often speaking of the same events from different viewpoints. Lovely to see some staff members joining in as well as previous students. They put up with so much from us! This book brought back so many happy (and sad) memories for me, and I read it faster than any book in a long time. I hope you find the same.