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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:The evidence against you:2019
Author: McAllister, Gillian
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: It's the day her father will be released from jail. Izzy English has every reason to feel conflicted - he's the man who gave her a childhood filled with happy memories. But he has also just served seventeen years for the murder of her mother. Now, Izzy's father sends her a letter. He wants to talk, to defend himself against each piece of evidence from his trial. But should she give him the benefit of the doubt? Or is her father guilty as charged, and luring her into a trap?
437 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1471173607
Hardback:Happy old me, how to live a long life and really enjoy it:2019
Author: Davies, Hunter, 1936-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Illustrations on lining papers On 8th February 2016, Margaret Forster lost her life to cancer of the spine. The days that followed for her husband, Hunter Davies, were carried out on autopilot: arrangements to be made, family and friends to be contacted. But how do you cope after you have lost your loved one? How do you carry on? As Hunter navigates what it means to be alone again after 55 years of marriage, coping with bereavement and being elderly, he shares his wisdom and lessons he has learnt living alone again. Revealing his emotional journey over the course of one year, as well as the often ignored practical implications of becoming widowed, he learns that, ultimately, bricks and mortar may change but the memories will remain. 'Happy Old Me' is a fitting, heart-felt tribute to the love of his life and a surprisingly amusing and informative book about an age, and stage in life, which we might all reach someday.
xi, 291 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
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)
1472228383
Paperback:The one-in-a-million boy:2017
Author: Wood, Monica
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline Review
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2016 Miss Ona Vitkus has - aside from three months in the summer of 1914 - lived unobtrusively, her secrets fiercely protected. The boy, with his passion for world records, changes all that. He is 11. She is 104 years, 133 days old (they are counting). And he makes her feel like she might be really special after all. Better late than never - only it's been two weeks now since he last visited, and she's starting to think he's not so different from all the rest. Then the boy's father comes, for some reason determined to finish his son's good deed. And Ona must show this new stranger that not only are there odd jobs to be done, but a life's ambition to complete.
406 pages ; 20 cm (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)

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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1529014980
Hardback:The butterfly room:2019
Author: Riley, Lucinda
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Macmillan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Posy Montague is approaching her 70th birthday. Still living in her beautiful family home, Admiral House, set in the glorious Suffolk countryside where she spent her own idyllic childhood catching butterflies with her beloved father, and raised her own children, Posy knows she must make an agonising decision. Despite the memories the house holds, and the exquisite garden she has spent 25 years creating, the house is crumbling around her, and Posy knows the time has come to sell it. Then a face appears from the past - Freddie, her first love, who abandoned her and left her heartbroken 50 years ago. Already struggling to cope with her son Sam's inept business dealings, and the sudden reappearance of her younger son Nick after ten years in Australia, Posy is reluctant to trust in Freddie's renewed affection. And unbeknown to Posy, Freddie - and Admiral House - have a devastating secret to reveal.
627 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1471174387
Paperback:Poppy's recipe for life:2019
Author: Swain, Heidi
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Poppy's dreams of a perfect life are finally coming true. After a slight delay thanks to her irresponsible mother, she's moving into a cottage in coveted Nightingale Square. With access to the local community garden, she can make endless preserves and pickles, and she's surrounded by loving friends if not family. What more could she want? As the garden team rally together to win community space of the year, will the arrival of Poppy's troubled younger brother throw a spanner in the works? And what of her grumpy new neighbour, Jacob - is there a loving heart under that steely exterior?!
411 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1409152235
Paperback:The peacock summer:2019
Author: Richell, Hannah
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018 At 26, Lillian feels trapped by life. Her marriage to Charles Oberon has not turned out the way she expected it would. To her it seems she is just another object captured within the walls of Cloudesley, her husband's beautiful manor house tucked away high in the Chiltern Hills. But, with a young step-son and a sister to care for, Lillian accepts there is no way out for her. Then Charles makes an arrangement with an enigmatic artist visiting their home and his presence will unbalance everything she thought she knew and understood. Maggie Oberon ran from the hurt and resentment she caused. Half a world away, in Australia, it was easier to forget, to pretend she didn't care. But when her elderly grandmother, Lillian, falls ill she must head back to Cloudesley.
401 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408883260
Hardback:A nice cup of tea:2019
Author: Imrie, Celia, 1952-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Resource type: Physical
Note: The beautiful town of Bellevue-sur-Mer, tucked between glitzy Monte Carlo and the plush red carpets of Cannes, is home to Theresa, Carol, William, Benjamin and Sally: five retired expats who have pooled their resources to set up La Mosaique, a divine little restaurant. But there is trouble in paradise: the friends are desperately struggling to make ends meet, and when the much hoped for sale of their Picasso mosaic falls through they realise it will take every bit of their talent and gumption to save La Mosaique. But with fussy customers, obnoxious cruise parties and a failing delivery van, it's certainly not going to be easy.
381 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1405940719
Paperback:A Cornish summer:2019
Author: Alliott, Catherine
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Flora's been in love with her husband for 20 years. The trouble is, he's been married to someone else for the past 15. Now she's been invited to spend the summer in the shady lanes and sandy coves of Cornwall. It should be blissful. There's just one small snag: she'll be staying with her former mother-in-law, Belinda. And Flora discovers she's not the only one invited when her ex-husband shows up out of the blue, complete with his new wife. So now there are two small snags. Can Flora spend the summer playing happy families with the woman who stole her husband's heart, and the mother-in-law who might have had a hand in it? Or will stumbling on the family secret change her mind about them all?
437 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1405925655
Paperback:Love me not:2017
Author: Arlidge, M. J.
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: UK: Michael Joseph A woman's body lies in the road. At first it looks like a tragic accident. But when Helen Grace arrives on the scene it's clear she's looking at a coldblooded killing. But why would anyone target a much loved wife and mother? Across town, a shopkeeper is killed while his customers are left unharmed. But what lies behind the killer's choices? Who lives? Who dies? Who's next? The clock is ticking. If Helen can't solve this deadly puzzle then more blood will be shed. But any mistake and it might be her own.
344 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008298238
Paperback:A store at war:2018
Author: Toye, Joanna
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: 1941. With men being drafted to fight, Lily Collins secures a job as a junior on sales within the hallowed halls of town department store Marlow's, whose windows filled with glossy, expensive goods have fascinated her since childhood. The day she starts work is the first time she's ever set foot through the doors. As bombs drop and shortages intensify, Lily progresses from a nervous junior to a spirited and confident young woman torn between the possibility of romance and her love for the store. With the war progressing to crisis point, Lily's friends and family must battle rationing, bombings and the absence of loved ones to keep soldiering on.
392 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0099740915
Paperback:The handmaid's tale:1996
Author: Atwood, Margaret, 1939-
Year 1996
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1986. The Republic of Gilead offers Offred only one function - to breed. If she deviates, she will be killed. But even an oppressive state cannot obliterate desire - neither Offred's nor that of the two men on which her future hangs. Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1986 eng
324 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)