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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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Hardback:The Dutch House:2019
Author: Patchett, Ann
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Resource type: Physical
Note: Danny Conroy grows up in the Dutch House, a lavish folly in small-town Pennsylvania taken on by his property developer father. Though his father is distant and his mother is absent, Danny has his beloved sister Maeve: Maeve, with her wall of black hair, her delicacy, her brilliance. Life is comfortable and coherent, played out under the watchful eyes of the house's former owners in the frames of their oil paintings, or under the cover of the draperies around the window seat in Maeve's room. Then one day their father brings Andrea home: Andrea, small and neat, a dark hat no bigger than a saucer pinned over a twist of her fair hair. Though they cannot know it, Andrea's advent to the Dutch House sows the seed of the defining loss of Danny and Maeve's lives.
337 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1474949525
Paperback:The places I've cried in public:2019
Author: Bourne, Holly
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Usborne
Resource type: Physical
Note: Amelie loved Reese. And she thought he loved her. But she's starting to realise love isn't supposed to hurt like this. So now she's retracing their story and untangling what happened by revisiting all the places he made her cry. Because if she works out what went wrong, perhaps she can finally learn to get over him.
360 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
140719240X
Paperback:Under a dancing star:2019
Author: Wood, Laura, (Literary scholar)
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: In grey, 1930s England, Bea has grown up kicking against the conventions of the time, all the while knowing that she will one day have to marry someone her parents choose - someone rich enough to keep the family estate alive. But she longs for so much more - for adventure, excitement, travel, and maybe even romance. When she gets the chance to spend the summer in Italy with her bohemian uncle and his fiance, a whole world is opened up to Bea - a world that includes Ben, a cocky young artist who just happens to be infuriatingly handsome too. Sparks fly between the quick-witted pair until one night, under the stars, a challenge is set: can Bea and Ben put aside their teasing and have the perfect summer romance? With their new friends gleefully setting the rules for their fling, Bea and Ben can agree on one thing at least: they absolutely, positively will not, cannot fall in love.
402 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1444700103
Paperback:The day is dark:2012:New pbk. ed.
Author: Sigurdardottir, Yrsa
Author: Roughton, Philip
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: This translation originally published: London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2011 When all contact is lost with two Icelanders working in a harsh and sparsely populated area on the northeast coast of Greenland, Thora is hired to investigate. Is there any connection with the disappearance of a woman from the site some months earlier? And why are the locals so hostile? Translated from the Icelandic
421 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1780899831
Hardback:The nanny:2019
Author: Macmillan, Gilly
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Century
Resource type: Physical
Note: Seven-year-old Jocelyn loves her nanny more than her own mother. When her nanny disappears one night, Jo never gets over the loss. How could she vanish without saying goodbye? Thirty years on, Jo is forced to return to her family home and confront her troubled relationship with her mother. When human remains are discovered in the grounds of the house, Jo begins to question everything. Then an unexpected visitor knocks at the door and Jo's world is destroyed again as, one by one, she discovers her childhood memories aren't what they seemed. What secrets was her nanny hiding - and what was she running away from? And can Jo trust what her mother tells her? Sometimes the truth hurts so much you'd rather hear the lie.
423 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1472125401
Hardback:Fear of falling:2018
Author: Staincliffe, Cath
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Constable
Resource type: Physical
Note: Lydia and Bel have been best friends for years, from wild teenage days all the way through to motherhood. Bel becomes pregnant by accident and has a fraught relationship with daughter Freya, while Lydia and love-of-her-life Mac, after failed fertility treatment, choose to adopt. Gorgeous toddler Chloe challenges them more than either of them had ever expected, and - as a teenager - her behaviour escalates increasingly out of control, pushing their marriage, and Lydia and Bel's relationship, to breaking point.
298 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1780896840
Hardback:The word is murder:2017
Author: Horowitz, Anthony, 1955-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Century
Resource type: Physical
Note: A wealthy woman strangled 6 hours after she's arranged her own funeral. A very private detective uncovering secrets but hiding his own. A reluctant author drawn into a story he can't control. What do they have in common? Unexpected death, an unsolved mystery and a trail of bloody clues lie at the heart of Anthony Horowitz's page-turning new thriller.
390 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1405939761
Paperback:The chestnut man:2019
Author: Sveistrup, Soren, 1968-
Author: Waight, Caroline
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Danish This translation originally published: UK: Michael Joseph On a blistery autumn morning Rosa Hartung returns to her job as Minister for Social Affairs, a year after the dramatic disappearance of her 12-year-old daughter. Linus Berger, a mentally disturbed young man, confessed to her killing, but claims he can't remember where he buried her dismembered corpse. That same day Rosa returns to Parliament, a young mother is found murdered at her home in the suburbs of Copenhagen - she's been tortured, and one hand has been cut off. Detectives Thulin and Hess, sent to investigate the crime, arrive to find a figure made of chestnut hanging from a nearby playhouse. When yet another woman is murdered, and another chestnut figure is found, Thulin and Hess begin to suspect that there's a connection between the previously closed Hartung case and the new recent victims.
501 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1780899203
Hardback:The family upstairs:2019
Author: Jewell, Lisa
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Century
Resource type: Physical
Note: In a large house in London's fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her up. In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses. Close to them is a hastily scrawled note. They've been dead for several days. Who has been looking after the baby? And where did they go? Two entangled families. A house with the darkest of secrets.
449 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
0141369906
Hardback:Terraria, Crafting and Construction Handbook:2016
Author: Roy, Daniel
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Video game tie-in An in-depth look at the world of Terraria - both above ground and far, far below it! Now you've mastered the basics, there's so much more to explore. This helpful handbook will allow you to discover new mining techniques for different terrains, almost 150 block types to build with and how to craft hundreds of different tools to help create your world.
80 pages, illustrations (colour) ; 21 cm (hbk)

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 bone clocks:2015
Author: Mitchell, David
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sceptre
Resource type: Physical
Note: One drowsy summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking. Originally published: 2014. Originally published: 2014 One drowsy summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands exactly what sort of asylum the woman was seeking.
613 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0340822783
Paperback:Cloud atlas:2004
Author: Mitchell, David
Year 2004
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sceptre
Resource type: Physical
Note: A reluctant voyager crossing the Pacific in 1850, and a young Pacific Islander witnessing the nightfall of science and civilization - these and the other narrators of 'Cloud Atlas' hear each other's echoes down the corridor of history, and their destinies are changed in ways great and small. Man Booker Prize : shortlisted 2004. Originally published: 2004
529 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
014118485X
Paperback:Seize the day:2001:New ed. ; with an introduction by Cynthia Ozick
Author: Bellow, Saul, 1915-
Year 2001
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New ed. ; with an introduction by Cynthia Ozick
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: This ed. originally published: New York: Penguin, 1996. This book tells the story of a day in the life of Tommy Wilhelm, a man on the brink of despair. He has lost his wife, his children, and all his money. A con man grants him a moment of truth and understanding, and offers him one last hope. This ed. originally published: New York: Penguin, 1996 General adult.
xxiv, 118p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0099754916
Paperback:The comfort of strangers:1997:Reprint.
Author: McEwan, Ian
Year 1997
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Reprint.
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1981. As their holiday unfolds, Colin and Maria are locked tightly in their own intimacy. Then they meet a man with a disturbing story to tell, and, almost against their will, Colin and Maria are drawn into a fantasy of violence and obsession. Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1981
134 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0099469685
Paperback:Saturday:2006:New ed.
Author: McEwan, Ian
Year 2006
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New ed.
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Paperback. B-format paperback. Perowne makes his way to his weekly squash game through London streets filled with hundreds of thousands of anti-war protestors. A minor car accident brings him into a confrontation with Baxter, a fidgety, aggressive, young man, on the edge of violence. To Perowne's professional eye, there appears to be something profoundly wrong with him "Dazzling. Profound and urgent" Observer "The supreme novelist of his generation" Sunday Times "He remains at the top of his game - assured, accomplished and ambitious" Daily Telegraph "Richly laden. McEwan pulls out all the stops. A rich book, sensuous and thoughtful. McEwan has found in Saturday the right form to showcase his dazzling talents" Sunday Telegraph "A book of great moral maturity, beautifully alive to the fragility of happiness and all forms of violence... Everyone should read Saturday... Artistically, morally and politically, he excels" The Times. Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 2005 'Saturday' is a novel set within a single day in February 2003. Henry Perowne is a contented man, but what troubles him is the state of the world. Following a minor car accident, Perowne is brought into contact with a small-time thug called Miller. This meeting has savage consequences.
279 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0957185324
Paperback:A girl is a half-formed thing:2013
Author: McBride, Eimear
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Galley Beggar
Resource type: Physical
Note: Eimear McBride's novel tells the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother after a tumour leaves him severely brain-damaged. Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and sensual urges of a vulnerable and isola. Eimear McBride's novel tells the story of a young woman's relationship with her brother after a tumour leaves him severely brain-damaged. Not so much a stream of consciousness, as an unconscious railing against a life that makes little sense, and a shocking and intimate insight into the thoughts, feelings and sensual urges of a vulnerable and isolated protagonist, to read 'A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing' is to plunge inside its narrator's head, experiencing her world first-hand. This isn't always comfortable - but it is always a revelation.
300 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0099755114
Paperback:The cement garden:1997:Reprint.
Author: McEwan, Ian
Year 1997
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Reprint.
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1978. In the relentless summer heat, four abruptly orphaned children retreat into a shadowy, isolated world, and find their own strange and unsettling ways of fending for themselves. Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1978 eng
138 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
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