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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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000824409X
Paperback:I was born for this:2018
Author: Oseman, Alice
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: For Angel Ahmadi, life is only about one thing: The Ark - a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark's fandom has given her everything - her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world. Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. He's their frontman - and playing in a band is all he's ever dreamed of doing. It's just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare. Because that's the problem with dreaming - eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.
394 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1785944045
Paperback:Gentleman Jack, the real Anne Lister:2019
Author: Choma, Anne
Author: Merz, Stella
Author: Lister, Anne, 1791-1840
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: BBC Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: TV tie-in Meet Anne Lister, the 19th Century landowner, industrialist, explorer, and lesbian, and your new feminist icon. This book is a remarkable and unlikely love story, set in the complex, changing world of Halifax - the cradle of the industrial revolution. These real-life historical diaries explore Anne's relationships at home with her family, her servants, her tenants, and her industrial rivals and are the inspiration for a BBC One series starring Suranne Jones.
xxxiv, 327 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0751572306
Hardback:The stalker:2019
Author: Gray, Alex
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Detective Superintendent William Lorimer's wife, Maggie, publishes her first book, he is thrilled for her. But joy soon turns to fear when a mysterious stranger starts following Maggie on her publicity tour. Meanwhile Lorimer and the MIT are on the search for the murderer of two young women, but can Lorimer catch the killer and track down Maggie's stalker at the same time?
371 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
151008066X
Large print:The house on Cold Hill:2017:Large print edition
Author: James, Peter, 1948-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition
Publisher: Clipper Large Print Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Macmillan, 2015 Moving from the heart of Brighton and Hove to the Sussex countryside is a big undertaking for born townies, Ollie Harcourt, his wife, Caro, and their 12-year-old daughter, Jade. But when they view Cold Hill House - a huge, dilapidated, Georgian mansion - they are filled with excitement. Despite the financial strain of the move, Ollie has dreamed of living in the country since he was a child. Caro is less certain, and Jade is grumpy about being removed from all her friends. But within days of moving in, it soon becomes apparent that the Harcourt family aren't the only residents in the house.
558 pages (large print) (pbk)
0349010188
Hardback:A woman of no importance, the untold story of WWII's most dangerous spy, Virginia Hall:2019
Author: Purnell, Sonia
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: The incredible untold story of Virginia Hall, an American woman with a wooden leg who infiltrated Occupied France for the SOE and became the Gestapo's most wanted Allied spy, written by acclaimed biographer Sonia Purnell.
399 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white), map (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1473676398
Paperback:Outsider:2019
Author: King, Stephen, 1947-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2018 When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?
475 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408890046
Paperback:Circe:2019
Author: Miller, Madeline
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018 In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft. When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe's place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.
336 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
024118665X
Hardback:The spy and the traitor, the greatest espionage story of the Cold War:2018
Author: Macintyre, Ben, 1963-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
Note: Illustrations on lining papers On a warm July evening in 1985, a middle-aged man stood on the pavement of a busy avenue in the heart of Moscow, holding a plastic carrier bag. In his grey suit and tie, he looked like any other Soviet citizen. The bag alone was mildly conspicuous, printed with the red logo of Safeway, the British supermarket. The man was a spy. A senior KGB officer, for more than a decade he had supplied his British spymasters with a stream of priceless secrets from deep within the Soviet intelligence machine. No spy had done more to damage the KGB. The Safeway bag was a signal: to activate his escape plan to be smuggled out of Soviet Russia. So began one of the boldest and most extraordinary episodes in the history of spying. Ben Macintyre reveals a tale of espionage, betrayal and raw courage that changed the course of the Cold War forever.
xii, 366 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1473687918
Hardback:Threads of life, a history of the world through the eye of a needle:2019
Author: Hunter, Clare
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Sceptre
Resource type: Physical
Note: For the mothers of the disappeared in 1970s Argentina, protest was difficult. Every Thursday they marched in front of government buildings wearing headscarves embroidered with the names of their lost children. In Tudor England Mary, Queen of Scots was under house arrest and her letters were censored, so she sewed secret treason into her needlework to communicate with the world outside. From the political propaganda of the Bayeux Tapestry and First World War soldiers with PTSD, to the maps sewn by schoolgirls in the New World, 'Threads of Life' stretches from medieval France to contemporary Mexico, from a POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland.
xi, 306 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1444840312
Large print:Love strikes twice:2019
Author: Barry, Jill
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Linford
Resource type: Physical
Note: On a journey to the Scottish harbour town where her grandmother, Cathy, had a love affair that ended in heartbreak many years before, Sarah Barnes can't help but think of how far away her days of strap-hanging on the London Tube seem to be. Currently between jobs, she takes one at a local cafe - and finds herself falling in love with GP Rory McLean. But when Rory turns out to be the grandson of the man Cathy fell in love with, there are rough waters ahead.
256 pages (large print) ; 19 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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1447226887
Paperback:Mrs. Hemingway:2015
Author: Wood, Naomi
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: In the dazzling summer of 1926, Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley travel from their home in Paris to a villa in the south of France. They swim, play bridge and drink gin. But wherever they go they are accompanied by the glamorous and irrepressible Fife. Fife is Hadley's best friend. She is also Ernest's lover. Hadley is the first Mrs. Hemingway, Originally published: 2014 In the dazzling summer of 1926, Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley travel from their home in Paris to a villa in the south of France. They swim, play bridge and drink gin. But wherever they go they are accompanied by the glamorous and irrepressible Fife. Fife is Hadley's best friend. She is also Ernest's lover. Hadley is the first Mrs. Hemingway, but neither she nor Fife will be the last. Over the ensuing decades, Ernest's literary career will blaze a trail, but his marriages will be ignited by passion and deceit. Four extraordinary women will learn what it means to love the most famous writer of his generation, and each will be forced to ask herself how far she will go to remain his wife.
321 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1471120317
Paperback:How not to disappear:2016
Author: Furniss, Clare
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2015 Hattie's summer isn't going as planned. Her two best friends have abandoned her: Reuben has run off to Europe to 'find himself' and Kat is in Edinburgh with her new girlfriend. Meanwhile Hattie is stuck babysitting her twin siblings and dealing with endless drama around her mum's wedding. Oh, and she's also just discovered that she's pregnant with Reuben's baby. Then Gloria, Hattie's great-aunt who no one even knew existed, comes crashing into her life. Gloria's fiercely independent, rather too fond of a gin sling and is in the early stages of dementia. Together the two of them set out on a road trip of self-discovery - Gloria to finally confront the secrets of her past before they are erased from her memory forever and Hattie to face the hard choices that will determine her future.
406 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1784750646
Paperback:The cartel:2016
Author: Winslow, Don, 1953-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: 2004. El Federacion, the most powerful drug organization in the world, has been exploded and the Mexican drug trade has settled out into several cartels that exist in a state of tenuous accord. The patron of El Federacion, Adan Barrera, is in solitary in a San Diego prison. Art Keller, the DEA agent who put him there - and killed his brother and hi. Originally published: London: William Heinemann, 2015 2004. El Federacion, the most powerful drug organization in the world, has been exploded and the Mexican drug trade has settled out into several cartels that exist in a state of tenuous accord. The patron of El Federacion, Adan Barrera, is in solitary in a San Diego prison. Art Keller, the DEA agent who put him there - and killed his brother and his uncle - is living at a New Mexican monastery, tending bees, the solitude and simple truths of the place a powerful antedote to his former 'life of lies'. But when Barrera negotiates a deal that lets him serve out his time in a Mexican prison, a series of events is set off that undermines whatever accord existed between the cartels, and a war of unprecedented scale and viciousness erupts.
615 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1843449382
Paperback:Rogue killer:2019
Author: Russell, Leigh
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: No Exit Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: A man is killed in an apparently random attack, and suspicion falls on a gang of muggers. Only Detective Sergeant Geraldine Steel thinks this is the work of a more deliberate murderer. Two more victims are discovered, after further seemingly indiscriminate attacks. The muggers are tracked down, with tragic consequences. And all the while the killer remains at large. When Geraldine finally manages to track down a witness, she finds her own life is in danger.
317 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
000824409X
Paperback:I was born for this:2018
Author: Oseman, Alice
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: For Angel Ahmadi, life is only about one thing: The Ark - a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark's fandom has given her everything - her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world. Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. He's their frontman - and playing in a band is all he's ever dreamed of doing. It's just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare. Because that's the problem with dreaming - eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.
394 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0440866626
Paperback:Hitler's canary:2006:2
Author: Toksvig, Sandi
Author: Nightingale, Sandy
Year 2006
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: 2
Publisher: Corgi Yearling
Resource type: Physical
Note: 299p ill. Follows the experiences of two boys during the German occupation of Denmark, and their involvement with the resistance. Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2005 Based on true-life events during the Second World War, this novel is a funny and gripping account of a childhood spent under occupation and a daring rescue. Teenage fiction Primary
299 p., ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1509852883
Paperback:Fierce fragile hearts:2019
Author: Barnard, Sara
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Macmillan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Two years after a downward spiral took her as low as you can possibly go, Suzanne is starting again. Again. She's back in Brighton, the only place she felt she belonged, back with her best friends Caddy and Rosie. But they're about to leave for university. When your friends have been your light in the darkness, what happens when you're the one left behind?
354 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1447284488
Hardback:Tombland:2018
Author: Sansom, C. J.
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Mantle
Resource type: Physical
Note: Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos. The nominal king, Edward VI, is eleven years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector's prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. Since the old King's death, Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer in the service of Henry's younger daughter, the Lady Elizabeth. The gruesome murder of Edith Boleyn, the wife of John Boleyn - a distant Norfolk relation of Elizabeth's mother - which could have political implications for Elizabeth, brings Shardlake and his assistant Nicholas Overton to the summer assizes at Norwich.
865 pages, map (colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)