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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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0141354925
Paperback:Mrs Frisby and the rats of NIMH:2014
Author: O'Brien, Robert C.
Year 2014
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin Books
Resource type: Physical
277 (Pbk)
0099581167
Paperback:David Jason, my life:2014
Author: Jason, David, 1940-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain's most-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason's early life was spent dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing. Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his attention to acting and soon, through a. Originally published: London: Century, 2013 The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain's most-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason's early life was spent dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing. Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his attention to acting and soon, through a natural talent for making people laugh, found himself working with the leading lights of British comedy in the 60s and 70s. David's is a touching, funny and warm-hearted story, which charts the course of his incredible six decades at the top of the entertainment business.
392 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour), map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1782023208
Paperback:My smoky bacon crisp obsession:2015
Author: Buckle, J. A.
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Curious Fox
Resource type: Physical
Note: 16-year-old Josh Walker is starting sixth form college and is determined to form a band, get a lot closer to his new girlfriend Becky and, hopefully, pass the odd A level. A few days in and he's already embarrassed himself in front of a class - he'll need all the help his ferret, a little witchcraft and a lot of smoky bacon crisps can give.
186 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
009956596X
Paperback:Empire Antarctica, ice, silence & emperor penguins:2013
Author: Francis, Gavin
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Chatto & Windus, 2012 It is said to be one of our oldest stories: a young man goes to a far-off land in search of a mythical and wondrous beast. For years, Gavin Francis yearned to go to the remotest place on our planet, to see one of the strangest beasts alive. This is how he came to spend 14 months living alongside emperor penguins as the base-camp doctor at Halley.
xi, 258 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1509809112
Hardback:Death at sea, Montalbano's early cases:2018
Author: Camilleri, Andrea
Author: Sartarelli, Stephen, 1954-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Short story
Publisher: Mantle
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Italian This volume offers a collection of eight ingenious short stories following Inspector Montalbano's investigations into Sicily's murky underworld, all served with Camilleri's razor-sharp wit, and Montalbano's trademark appetite.
293 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
085738886X
Hardback:Dying fall:2013
Author: Griffiths, Elly
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Ruth's old friend Dan Golding thinks he has made a discovery that will change archaeology forever - but he needs Ruth's help. Then, Dan is killed in a fire, leaving Ruth with one clue: the tomb of the Raven King. DCI Nelson is also rediscovering the past. He meets his friend Sandy Macleod, now at Blackpool CID, who tells him there are mysterious circumstances surrounding Dan's death.
390 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0349409455
Paperback:The girl who knew too much:2017
Author: Quick, Amanda
Author: Krentz, Jayne Ann
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Piatkus
Resource type: Physical
Note: "Jayne Ann Krentz writing as Amanda Quick"--Front cover When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their every need. It's where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool. The dead woman had a red-hot secret about up-and-coming leading man Nick Tremayne, a scoop that Irene couldn't resist. But now Irene's investigation into the drowning threatens to tear down the wall of illusion that is so deftly built around the famous actor, and there are powerful men willing to do anything to protect their investment.
355 pages ; 24 cm (pbk)
0755380533
Paperback:The snow child:2012
Author: Ivey, Eowyn
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline Review
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jack and Mabel have staked everything on making a fresh start in the raw Alaskan wilderness. In a moment of tenderness, the pair build a snowman - or rather a snow girl - together. The next morning, all trace of her has disappeared. But Jack can't shake the notion that he glimpsed a small figure running in the trees in the dawn light.
384 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1848862237
Paperback:The new liBEARian:[2016]
Author: Donald, Alison
Author: Willmore, Alex
Year [2016]
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Maverick Arts Publishing Ltd
Resource type: Physical
Note: It's story time at the library but the librarian is missing. Dee leads a mission to find her. The children follow clues of muddy paw prints, spilled honey and torn books to find a bear with a librarian badge - a new liBEARian! They ask him to read a book and he finds a great one on bears. When the librarian finally arrives the bear hides and she reads the children 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears' only to discover baby bear is missing. She tells him to return to his story and continues, but there might be some other escaped characters roaming the shelves.
32 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 27 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


Reading Friends Groups

Get together with a good book, poem or newspaper article. You can meet new people, make friends, chat and have a laugh. Everyone is welcome. Why not give it a try?

There are now two Reading Friends groups which meet in Bexley Libraries:

  • Erith Library - third Tuesday of the month at 2pm
  • Crayford Library - last Tuesday of the month at 11am


Sidcup Library host a Crime and Thriller reading group on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 2.30pm.

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 host the Book Bound Book Club on the second Thursday evening of the month where members can discuss a specific book and other books that they’ve read in a relaxed atmosphere. 

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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1780896913
Hardback:The Christmas stocking and other stories:2017
Author: Fforde, Katie
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Short story
Publisher: Century
Resource type: Physical
Note: Your cosiest Christmas yet - this collection will contain six delightfully festive Katie Fforde short stories.
288 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1784757276
Paperback:The Christmas stocking and other stories:2018
Author: Fforde, Katie
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Short story
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Century, 2017 Romy is all set to join her boyfriend and his family in France for Christmas, though truth be told she isn't looking forward to it very much. And then she meets Felix - and her plans for the big day suddenly become a lot more interesting. This volume also includes 'Candlelight at Christmas' and 'The Christmas Fairy'.
395 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008297169
Hardback:The guest list:2020
Author: Foley, Lucy, (Novelist)
Year 2020
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: It starts with a party. On a remote island, guests gather for the wedding of the year - the marriage of Jules Keegan and Will Slater. Old friends. Past grudges. Happy families. Hidden jealousies. Thirteen guests. One body. The wedding cake has barely been cut when one of the guests is found dead. And as a storm unleashes its fury on the island, everyone is trapped. All have a secret. All have a motive. It'll end in murder.
378 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0141354925
Paperback:Mrs Frisby and the rats of NIMH:2014
Author: O'Brien, Robert C.
Year 2014
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin Books
Resource type: Physical
277 (Pbk)
0099581167
Paperback:David Jason, my life:2014
Author: Jason, David, 1940-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain's most-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason's early life was spent dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing. Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his attention to acting and soon, through a. Originally published: London: Century, 2013 The long-awaited autobiography of one of Britain's most-loved actors. Born the son of a Billingsgate market porter at the height of the Second World War, David Jason's early life was spent dodging bombs and bullies, both with impish good timing. Giving up on an unloved career as an electrician, he turned his attention to acting and soon, through a natural talent for making people laugh, found himself working with the leading lights of British comedy in the 60s and 70s. David's is a touching, funny and warm-hearted story, which charts the course of his incredible six decades at the top of the entertainment business.
392 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour), map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1782023208
Paperback:My smoky bacon crisp obsession:2015
Author: Buckle, J. A.
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Curious Fox
Resource type: Physical
Note: 16-year-old Josh Walker is starting sixth form college and is determined to form a band, get a lot closer to his new girlfriend Becky and, hopefully, pass the odd A level. A few days in and he's already embarrassed himself in front of a class - he'll need all the help his ferret, a little witchcraft and a lot of smoky bacon crisps can give.
186 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0751570346
Paperback:The perfect mother:2019
Author: Molloy, Aimee
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: United States: Harper, 2018 When Nell suggests a night out in Brooklyn to her new mums club, the others jump at the chance. But the evening takes a tragic turn when single mother Winnie learns that her six-week-old son Midas has been kidnapped. As the investigation hits a dead end, Nell, Collette, and Francie make it their mission to succeed where the police are failing and bring baby Midas home. But as Winnie and those around her come under scrutiny from the media, damaging secrets come to light and friendships are pushed to the limit.
317 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
009956596X
Paperback:Empire Antarctica, ice, silence & emperor penguins:2013
Author: Francis, Gavin
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Chatto & Windus, 2012 It is said to be one of our oldest stories: a young man goes to a far-off land in search of a mythical and wondrous beast. For years, Gavin Francis yearned to go to the remotest place on our planet, to see one of the strangest beasts alive. This is how he came to spend 14 months living alongside emperor penguins as the base-camp doctor at Halley.
xi, 258 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)