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Like chatting about books? Like chatting about books?

If you like chatting about books, why not join one of the reading groups in Bexley's libraries? New members are always welcome.
Please contact your local Bexley library for more details
We'd love to hear your reading group's book news and reviews. Email will.cooban@bexley.gov.uk

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Paperback:Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone:2014
Author: Rowling, J. K.
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 1997 Harry Potter lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt and Uncle's house. He is bullied by them and his spoilt cousin, and lives a very unremarkable life. But then Harry is transported to a world of magic and excitement.
331 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1860461670
Paperback:Miss Smilla's feeling for snow:1996:New pbk. ed.
Author: Hoeg, Peter, 1957-
Author: David, F.
Author: David F.
Year 1996
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: This translation originally published: London: Harvill, 1993 Smilla Jaspersen, the resourceful, tenacious and bloody-minded Greenlander heroine, has won the hearts of readers the world over in her quest to find the truth behind the death of a six year-old boy. General adult. Translated from the Danish
409 pages, maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0857503626
Paperback:Past tense:2019
Author: Child, Lee
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018 Jack Reacher plans to follow the autumn sun on an epic road trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been - the town where his father was born. He thinks, what's one extra day? He takes the detour. At the very same moment, close by, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians are trying to get to New York City to sell a treasure. They're stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. It's a strange place, but it's all there is. The next morning in the city clerk's office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He's told no one named Reacher ever lived in that town. He knows his father never went back. Now he wonders, was he ever there in the first place?
478 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241283094
Paperback:Close to home:2018
Author: Hunter, Cara
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Last night, 8-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from her parents' summer party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything - or at least that's what they're saying. DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows that nine times out of ten, it's someone the victim knew. That means someone is lying. And that Daisy's time is running out.
379 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1406357987
Paperback:The knife of never letting go:2014:[New] edition
Author: Ness, Patrick, 1971-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New] edition
Publisher: Walker Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: This edition originally published: 2013 Imagine you can hear everything the town of men say about you. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don't fit into their plans. Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run.
511 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)

Reading Groups in Bexley Libraries

 

 

Reading groups for adults are held in all Bexley Libraries and meet monthly.

 

  • Central Library  - Thursday evenings
  • Crayford Library – Wednesday mornings
  • Erith Library – Wednesday mornings
  • Sidcup Library – Wednesday evenings
  • Thamesmead Library – Monday mornings
  • Welling Library – Friday mornings

 

Informal, family friendly “Reader’s Choice” reading groups for parents and carers with babies and toddlers are held monthly at

 

  • Central Library – Thursday mornings
  • Sidcup Library – Monday mornings

 

Welling Library also host an informal reading group called “Book Marks” where members can discuss their latest reads and pass on recommendations. This group meets monthly on Wednesday mornings.

For Jane Austen lovers, there is also a “Jane Austen Reading Group” which meets at Welling Library on alternate Thursday afternoons to learn/discuss all about Jane Austen's life and her novels.

Central Library hosts a reading group for the visually impaired – the group meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 10.30am. Guide dogs welcome.

For more information about any of these groups, when the next meeting will be held or how to join, please contact the library or visit our Regular Events for Adults Page

 

Bexley’s Online Reading Group

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?

Its quick and easy – just click on the link below to sign up and then verify your email address to get started.

Click here to sign up

 

Reading Groups recommend…

From classics to crime to contemporary fiction, our book groups love discovering different things to read and passing on their recommendations.

The Central Library Reading Group have just recommended “The Colour” by Rose Tremain.

Joseph and Harriet Blackstone emigrate from Norfolk to New Zealand in search of new beginnings and prosperity. But the harsh landscape threatens to destroy them almost before they begin.

“We loved this book… it was a well written & captivating novel about hardship and hope in 1860’s New Zealand. It’s reflecting Colonial settlements and the Gold rush with a presence of Maori mysticism. A brilliant read!”

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Paperback:The bees:2015
Author: Paull, Laline
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey, and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. But Flora is not like other bees. Despite her ugliness she has talents that are not typical of her kin. While mutant bees are. Originally published: 2014 Born into the lowest class of her society, Flora 717 is a sanitation bee, only fit to clean her orchard hive. Living to accept, obey, and serve, she is prepared to sacrifice everything for her beloved holy mother, the Queen. But Flora is not like other bees. Despite her ugliness she has talents that are not typical of her kin. While mutant bees are usually instantly destroyed, Flora is removed from sanitation duty and is allowed to feed the newborns, before becoming a forager, collecting pollen on the wing. She also finds her way into the Queen's inner sanctum, where she discovers secrets both sublime and ominous. But enemies are everywhere, from the fearsome fertility police to the high priestesses who jealously guard the Hive Mind. And when Flora breaks the most sacred law of all her instinct to serve is overshadowed by an even deeper desire, a fierce love that will lead to the unthinkable.
346 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1473651387
Hardback:Queen Victoria, daughter, wife, mother, widow:2018
Author: Worsley, Lucy
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: Bestselling author and historian Lucy Worsley tracks a new course through Queen Victoria's life, examining how she transformed from dancing princess to the Widow of Windsor and became one of Britain's greatest monarchs along the way. Taking 24 significant days from Victoria's life, from her birth, her wedding, her coronation to her husband's death, and many more in between, allows us to see Victoria up close and personal, examining how she lived hour to hour.
421 pages, 16 unnumbered pages, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 25 cm (hbk)
0099546485
Paperback:Mary Boleyn, 'the great and infamous whore':2012
Author: Weir, Alison
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 2011. Mary Boleyn is remembered by posterity as a 'great and infamous whore'. She was the mistress of two kings, Francis I of France and Henry VIII of England, and sister to Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife. She may secretly have borne Henry a child and it was because of his adultery with Mary that his marriage to Anne was annulled. Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 2011
xvii, 446 p., [16] p. of plates, ill. (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408708175
Hardback:The dry:2017
Author: Harper, Jane
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Little, Brown
Resource type: Physical
Note: Radio tie-in Originally published: Australia: Pan Macmillan Australia, 2016 Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn't rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty. Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him 20 years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke's death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend's crime.
342 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
075156494X
Hardback:After the end:2019
Author: Mackintosh, Clare
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: Max and Pip are the strongest couple you know. Only now they're facing the most important decision of their lives - and they don't agree. As the consequences of an impossible choice threaten to devastate them both, nothing will ever be the same again. But anything can happen after the end.
374 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0099575949
Paperback:The soul of discretion:2015
Author: Hill, Susan, 1942-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: From the outside, the cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many ways it just like any other place. When one day DC Simon Serrailler is called in by Lafferton's new Chief Constable, Kieran Bright, he is met by two plainclothes officers. He is asked to take the principal role in a difficult, potentially dangerous undercover operation and. Originally published: London: Chatto & Windus, 2014 From the outside, the cathedral town of Lafferton seems idyllic, but in many ways it just like any other place. When one day DC Simon Serrailler is called in by Lafferton's new Chief Constable, Kieran Bright, he is met by two plainclothes officers. He is asked to take the principal role in a difficult, potentially dangerous undercover operation and must leave town immediately, without telling anyone - not even his girlfriend Rachel, who has only just moved in with him.
385 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1405933127
Paperback:Tell me a secret:2019
Author: Fallon, Jane, 1960-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Holly and Roz spend most of their days together. They like the same jokes, loathe the same people and tell each other everything. So when single mum Holly gets a shot at her dream job after putting everything on hold to raise her daughter, she assumes her friend will be dying to pop the champagne with her. But is she just imagining things, or is Roz not quite as happy for her as she should be? As Holly starts to take a closer look at Roz's life outside their friendship, she begins to discover a few things that don't add up. Who is the woman who claims to be her ally? Perhaps it was a mistake to tell Roz all her secrets. Because it takes two to forge a friendship. But it only takes one to wage a war.
404 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0099597667
Paperback:Dear thief:2015
Author: Harvey, Samantha, 1975-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: In the middle of a winter's night, a woman wraps herself in a blanket, picks up a pen and starts writing to an estranged friend. Without knowing if her friend, Butterfly, is even alive or dead, she writes night after night - a letter of friendship that turns into something more revealing and recriminating. By turns a belated outlet of rage, an act. Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 2014 In the middle of a winter's night, a woman wraps herself in a blanket, picks up a pen and starts writing to an estranged friend. Without knowing if her friend, Butterfly, is even alive or dead, she writes night after night - a letter of friendship that turns into something more revealing and recriminating. By turns a belated outlet of rage, an act of self-defence, and an offering of forgiveness, the letter revisits a betrayal that happened a decade and a half before, and dissects what is left of a friendship caught between the forces of hatred and love.
262 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)