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Bad Catholics
Author: Green, James, 1944-
The burning air
Author: Kelly, Erin, 1976-
A knight of the seven kingdoms
Author: Martin, George R. R.
Author: Gianni, Gary
Author: Martin, George R. R.
Author: Martin, George R. R.
Author: Gianni, Gary
Special ops heroes
Author: Ashcroft, Michael A.
Fred Dibnah's made in Britain
Author: Hall, David
Of mice and men
Author: Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968
Author: Shillinglaw, Susan
A thousand paper birds
Author: Udall, Tor
The other woman
Author: Wilson, Laura, 1964-
Broken promise
Author: Barclay, Linwood
Goddess of Love
Author: Cast, P. C.

Reading Well Books on Prescription for long term conditions

A new collection of books to help people living with long term conditions is now available from libraries. The 28 books in the collection were selected by health experts and those living with long term conditions and covers conditions such as diabetes, stroke, arthritis, heart disease and symptoms such as fatigue, pain and sleep problems.
The collection is part of the very successful Books on Prescription scheme delivered by The Reading Agency in partnership with the Society of Chief Librarians. 

The Essential Century 

Bexley Libraries have put together a collection of 100 great works of non-fiction from the 20th century. From Desmond Morris: 'The Naked Ape' to Nik Cohn: 'Awopbopaloobop alopbamboom', there's bound to be something to interest you.

The books are on display at the Central Library in Bexleyheath or click here for a list of all 100 titles. 



Bexley Book Buzz

Bexley Book Buzz is the new online book group from Bexley Libraries. Hosted on the Goodreads website, it's THE place to swap tips about great reads and new authors to try and to catch up on the latest book news. Why not sign up and join in?

At the moment we are chatting about the book we are currently reading and the winners of the Bexley and Bromley Book of the Year.

Bexley Book Buzz

Its quick and easy - just sign up and then verify your email address and you can get started.

Click here to sign up


Community Language Collections Community Language Collections


A selection of adult fiction in Polish, Tamil, Turkish, French and Spanish is now available for loan at

  • Central Library
  • Crayford Library
  • Erith Library
  • Sidcup Library
  • Thamesmead Library
  • Welling Library

The Central Library also has a collection of adult fiction in Punjabi.



The Great War 1914 - 1918

Many novels have been written about the First World War, from Birdsong by Sebastian Faulks to The Girl You Left Behind by JoJo Moyes, with many more in between. 

We've put together a leaflet called "The Great War 1914 - 1918" featuring all our favourites - by turns poignant, moving and uplifting, why not give one a try?

The Great War fiction booklist 


Reading Choices from RNIB Library

Reading is important to all of us. If you're struggling to read because of your sight, the RNIB Library can help, whatever your tastes and reading preferences.


Talking Books from RNIB are free, giving access to over 23,000 titles.

Find out more here

Reading Well Books on Prescription

Reading Well Books on Prescription provides self-help reading for adults for a range of common mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, phobias and some eating disorders.

Reading Well Books on Prescription helps you to understand and manage your health and wellbeing using self-help reading. It is endorsed by health professionals and supported by public libraries. The books provide useful information to help you understand your condition as well as step-by-step strategies and techniques to make positive changes. All have been tried and tested and found to be useful by health professionals.

There is evidence from the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) that self-help reading can help people with common mental health conditions, such as anxiety and depression.

See the link below for a list of recommended books:

Reading Well Books on Prescription Reading List

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Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia

In January 2015 The Reading Agency launched Reading Well Books on Prescription for Dementia.. This collection recommends books that you might find helpful if you have dementia, are caring for someone with dementia or would like to find out more about the condition.

The books provide information and advice, support for living well, advice for relatives and carers and personal stories. They are endorsed by health professionals and many of the titles can be found in your local Bexley library.

See the link below for a list of recommended books:

Reading Well Books on Prescription Dementia reading list.


Book Recommendations:


War and Peace by Leo TolstoyWar And Peace

If you're still pining for Pierre, then here's your chance to re-create the magic, and read it for yourself!

"Tolstoy's beguiling masterpiece entwines love, death and destiny with Russia's war with Napoleon and its effects on those swept up by the terror it brings… The lives of Pierre, Prince Andrei and Natasha are changed forever as conflict rages throughout the bitter Russian winter... Following the rise and fall of some of society's most influential families, this truthful and poignant epic, full of human drama and tragedy is as relevant today as ever"



The Girl on the Train by Paula HawkinsThe girl on the train

The number one bestseller.

"Rachel catches the same train every morning. She knows it will wait at the same signal each time, overlooking a row of back gardens. She's even started to feel like she knows the people who live in one of the houses. ‘Jess and Jason', she calls them. Their lives – as she sees it – are perfect. If only Rachel could be so happy…

And then Rachel sees something shocking. It's only a minute until the train moves on, but it's enough…. Now everything's changed…Rachel has a chance to become a part of the lives she's only watched from afar. Now they'll see; she's much more than just the girl on the train"…

Gripping, chilling, and thrilling…



The Bees by Laline PaullBees

Voted by library users as our Book of the Year, this wonderful debut novel is a book you must try…

"Laline Paull's chilling yet ultimately triumphant novel creates a luminous world both alien and uncannily familiar. Thrilling and imaginative, ‘The Bees' is the story of a heroine – Flora - who, in the face of an increasingly desperate struggle for survival, changes her destiny and her world" "Beautifully written, and truly captivating – a great book!"



Jutland 1916: death in the grey waters by Nigel SteelJutland

As we approach the 100th anniversary of the Great War's greatest naval battle, here's a book to give you all the background…(It's just one of our wonderful selection of WW1 books in stock)

"The story of the battle through the experience of participants, both German and British"…

"Full of drama and pathos, of chaos and courage, ‘Jutland 1916' describes the sea battle in the dreadnought era from the point of view of those who were there…"





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