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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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Paperback:Eat, sleep, cycle, a bike ride around the coast of Britain:[2015]
Author: Hughes, Anna
Year [2015]
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Summersdale
Resource type: Physical
Note: For Anna, a cycling enthusiast, the decision to ride 4,000 miles solo around the coast of the UK wasn't that hard. But after epic highs, incredible lows, unforgettable scenery and unpronounceable place names, her simple idea turns into a compelling journey of self-discovery, and an eye-opening insight into what makes the island where she lives so s. For Anna, a cycling enthusiast, the decision to ride 4,000 miles solo around the coast of the UK wasn't that hard. But after epic highs, incredible lows, unforgettable scenery and unpronounceable place names, her simple idea turns into a compelling journey of self-discovery, and an eye-opening insight into what makes the island where she lives so special.
319 pages, illustration (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1784163465
Paperback:Meet me at the museum:2019
Author: Youngson, Anne
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2018 Professor Kristian Larsen, an urbane man of facts, has lost his wife, along with his hopes and dreams for the future. He does not know that a query from a Mrs Tina Hopgood about a world-famous antiquity in his museum is about to alter the course of his life. Oceans apart, an unexpected correspondence flourishes as they discover shared passions: for history and nature; for useless objects left behind by loved ones; for the ancient and modern world, what is lost in time, what is gained and what has stayed the same. Through intimate stories of joy, anguish, and discovery, each one bares their soul to the other. But when Tina's letters suddenly cease, Kristian is thrown into despair. Can this unlikely friendship survive?
228 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008172110
Hardback:Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine:2017
Author: Honeyman, Gail
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted - while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided all her life.
485 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
144723846X
Paperback:The girl who just appeared:2014
Author: Harvey, Jonathan, 1968-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: London 2014. Holly Smith has never fitted in. Adopted when just a few months old she's always felt she was someone with no history, the girl who just appeared. All she has is the address of where she was born - 32B Gambier Terrace, Liverpool. By a bizarre twist of fate Holly discovers that the flat is available to rent. She travels north and moves in. When she finds a biscuit tin full of yellowing papers under the floorboards, she wonders if this might hold the secret to her past. Liverpool 1981. 15-year-old Darren negotiates life with his errant mother and the younger brother he is bringing up. When the Toxteth Riots explode around him Darren finds himself with a moral dilemma that will have consequences for the rest of his life. Flitting between the present and the past, we discover how Darren and Holly's lives become intertwined.
viii, 372 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0718183754
Hardback:Dear Amy:2016
Author: Callaghan, Helen
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Resource type: Physical
Note: Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Enquirer. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters - but none like the one she's just received: 'Dear Amy, I don't know where I am. I've been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I'm afraid he'll kill me. Please help me soon, Bethan Avery'. Bethan Avery has been missin. Margot Lewis is the agony aunt for The Cambridge Enquirer. Her advice column, Dear Amy, gets all kinds of letters - but none like the one she's just received: 'Dear Amy, I don't know where I am. I've been kidnapped and am being held prisoner by a strange man. I'm afraid he'll kill me. Please help me soon, Bethan Avery'. Bethan Avery has been missing for years. This is surely some cruel hoax. But, as more letters arrive, they contain information that was never made public. How is this happening?
345 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1489051937
DAISY:The dust that falls from dreams:2015
Author: De Bernieres, Louis
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: DAISY
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: In the brief golden years of King Edward VII's reign, Rosie McCosh and her three sisters are growing up in an idyllic and eccentric household in Kent, with their 'pals' the Pitt boys on one side of the fence and the Pendennis boys on the other. But their days of childhood innocence and adventure are destined to be followed by the apocalypse that will overwhelm their world as they come to adulthood. For Rosie, the path ahead is full of challenges. Torn between her love for two young men - one an infantry soldier and one a flying ace - she has to navigate her way through extraordinary times. Can she, and her sisters, build new lives out of the opportunities and devastations that follow the Great War?
15 CDs (17 hr., 27 min., 24 sec.) : digital, stereo (CDs)
0230772188
Hardback:Absolute proof:2018
Author: James, Peter, 1948-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Macmillan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Investigative reporter Ross Hunter nearly didn't answer the phone call that would change his life - and possibly the world - for ever. What would it take to prove the existence of God? And what would be the consequences? This question and its answer lie at the heart of 'Absolute Proof', an international thriller from author Peter James.
558 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
1857989384
Paperback:Flowers for Algernon:2002:New pbk. ed.
Author: Keyes, Daniel
Year 2002
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Gollancz
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Harcourt Brace; London: Cassell, 1966. Charlie Gordon, IQ 68, is a floor sweeper, and the gentle butt of everyone's jokes, until one day an experiment in the enhancement of human intelligence turns him into a genius. Originally published: New York: Harcourt Brace, 1966 This is the story of Charlie, the subnormal floor sweeper at Donner's bakery and the gentle butt of everyone's jokes. Charlie is the subject of a daring experiment in the enhancement of human intelligence. General adult. eng
216 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
Paperback
0241368480
Hardback:My lovely wife:2019
Author: Downing, Samantha
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Resource type: Physical
Note: Every marriage has secrets. Everyone has flaws. Your wife isn't perfect - you know that - but then again nor are you. But now a serial killer is on the loose in your small town, preying on young women. Fear is driving your well-behaved young daughter off the rails, and you find yourself in bed late at night, looking at the woman who lies asleep beside you. Because you thought you knew the worst about her. The truth is you know nothing at all.
375 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1784161004
Paperback:The heart's invisible furies:2017
Author: Boyne, John, 1971-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Doubleday Cyril Avery is not a real Avery - or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead. At the mercy of fortune and coincidence, he will spend a lifetime coming to know himself and where he came from - and over his three score years and ten, will struggle to discover an identity, a home, a country and much more.
700 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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019273492X
Paperback:Pugs of the frozen north:2016
Author: Reeve, Philip
Author: McIntyre, Sarah
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2015 And they're off! Who will win the Race to the Top of the World? Helga Hammerfest and her polar bears; bounder and cheat Sir Basil-Dumpling; Shackleton Jones with his robot-powered sled ?But wait! What's this? Two kids riding a sled pulled by 66 pugs wearing jumpers?! The underdogs are coming!
211 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 19 cm (pbk)
140591775X
Paperback:My sweet revenge:2017
Author: Fallon, Jane, 1960-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Paula has had Robert's back since they got together as drama students. She gave up her dreams so he could make it. Now he's one of the nation's most popular actors. And Paula's just discovered he's having an affair. She's going to remind Robert just what he's sacrificing. And then she's going to break his heart like he broke hers. It will be her greatest acting role ever. Revenge is sweet. Isn't it?
407 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0751549258
Paperback:The cuckoo's calling:2014
Author: Galbraith, Robert
Author: Rowling, J.K.
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: Written under a pseudonym by J.K. Rowling, this gripping, elegant mystery is steeped in the atmosphere of London. A war veteran wounded both physically and psychologically, Cormoran Strike's life is in disarray but the case he is working on gives him a lifeline, despite coming at a personal cost. Originally published: 2013. Originally published: 2013 Written under a pseudonym by J.K. Rowling, this gripping, elegant mystery is steeped in the atmosphere of London. A war veteran wounded both physically and psychologically, Cormoran Strike's life is in disarray but the case he is working on gives him a lifeline, despite coming at a personal cost.
550 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141378670
Paperback:Double Cross:2017
Author: Blackman, Malorie
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2008 Just this once. Please let me get away with it just this once. Tobey wants a better life - for him and his girlfriend Callie Rose. He wants nothing to do with the gangs that rule the world he lives in. But when he's offered the chance to earn some money just for making a few 'deliveries', just this once, would it hurt to say 'yes'? One small decision can change everything.
433 pages, illustration (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241967872
Paperback:Landmarks:2016
Author: Macfarlane, Robert
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. 'Landmarks' is about the power of language to shape our sense of place. It is a field guide to the literature of nature, and a glossary containing thousands of remarkable words used in England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales to describe land, nature, and weather. Originally published: London: Hamish Hamilton, 2015
x, 434 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0007173547
Paperback:Iris and Ruby:2006
Author: Thomas, Rosie
Year 2006
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: HarperCollins. A story of love, loss and the distance between three generations of one family, this novel centres on Iris and Ruby - a grandmother and her granddaughter - as they try and make sense of their respective lives. Originally published: London: HarperCollins
470 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0140276335
Paperback:White teeth:2001:New pbk. ed.
Author: Smith, Zadie
Year 2001
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Penguin
Resource type: Physical
Note: 1001 books Hardback. Deals with a range of topics: friendship, love, war, three cultures, three families over three generations, one brown mouse, and, the tricky way the past has of coming back Originally published: London: Hamish Hamilton, 2000 White Teeth is a comic epic of multicultural Britain by one of the most exciting young writers of 2000. It tells the story of immigrants in England over a period of 40 years. General adult. eng
x, 541p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
Paperback
1782951369
Paperback:Hugo the Hare's rainy day:2015
Author: Alborough, Jez
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Red Fox
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2014 Hugo the Hare hates to get wet, and when the rain comes he huddles under his umbrella. But Hugo's friends are stuck in the rain and when Hugo comes to their rescue he can't help but get all soggy! However, perhaps having a bit of a splish splash isn't quite as bad as Hugo thinks.
32 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 29 cm (pbk)