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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 Secret Barrister, stories of the law and how it's broken:2018
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Macmillan
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'I'm a barrister, a job which requires the skills of a social worker, relationship counsellor, arm-twister, hostage negotiator, named driver, bus fare-provider, accountant, suicide watchman, coffee-supplier, surrogate parent and, on one memorable occasion, whatever the official term is for someone tasked with breaking the news to a prisoner that his girlfriend has been diagnosed with gonorrhoea.' Welcome to the world of the Secret Barrister. These are the stories of life inside the courtroom. They are sometimes funny, often moving, and ultimately horrifying.
375 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1474600506
Hardback:The Hairy Bikers - blood, sweat & tyres, the autobiography:2015
Author: King, Si
Author: Myers, Dave, 1967-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Illustrations on lining papers The Hairy Bikers are known for their many best-selling cookbooks, and now they are here to tell you how it all started. Si King and Dave Myers, aka The Hairy Bikers, have lived life to the fullest. They had fantastically rich northern childhoods, laced with food and fun, but of course, with some tragedy too. But we also get to know the early Bikers - we find out how their friendship developed and all of the mad capers and round-the-world trips they went on. Perfect for their fans, heavily seasoned with warmth, food, love, bikes and bro-mance, the Hairies never fail to entertain.
357 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0091957443
Paperback:The dog nobody loved, Frieda, the dog who proved love changes everything:2013
Author: Katz, Jon
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Ebury Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: In 2007, a few years after purchasing Bedlam Farm in upstate New York, Jon Katz met Maria Wulf, a quiet, sensitive artist hoping to rekindle her creative spark. Jon, like her, was introspective yet restless, a writer struggling to find his purpose. He felt a connection with her immediately, but a formidable obstacle stood in the way: Maria's dog, Frieda. A rottweiler-shepherd mix who had been abandoned by her previous owner in the Adirondacks mountains, where she lived in the wild for several years, Frieda was ferociously protective and barely tamed. She roared and charged at almost anyone who came near. But to Maria, Frieda was sweet and loyal, her beloved guard dog and devoted friend. And so Jon quickly realized that to win over Maria, he'd have to gain Frieda's affection as well.
267 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1781256497
Hardback:Keeping on keeping on:2016
Author: Bennett, Alan, 1934-
Author: Bennett, Alan, 1934-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Alan Bennett's third collection of prose 'Keeping On Keeping On' follows in the footsteps of the phenomenally successfully 'Writing Home' and 'Untold Stories', each published ten years apart. The latest collection contains Bennett's peerless diaries 2005 to 2015, reflecting on a decade that saw four premieres at the National Theatre, a West End double-bill transfer, and the films of 'The History Boys' and 'The Lady in the Van'.
xiii, 721 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
178503054X
Paperback:Long road from Jarrow, a journey through Britain then and now:2018
Author: Maconie, Stuart
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Ebury Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017 In the autumn of 1936, some 200 men from the Tyneside town of Jarrow marched the 300 miles to London in protest against the destruction of their town and industries. Precisely 80 years on, Stuart Maconie retraces the route of this emblematic English journey, romantically dubbed the Jarrow Crusade, to chart how much Britain has changed since.
364 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1473678412
Paperback:Algebra, a complete introduction:2018:[New] edition ; P. Abbott and Hugh Neill
Author: Abbott, P.
Author: Neill, Hugh
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New] edition ; P. Abbott and Hugh Neill
Publisher: Teach Yourself
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Algebra' is the most comprehensive yet easy-to-use introduction to using Algebra. Written by leading experts, this book will help you if you are studying for an important exam or essay, or if you simply want to improve your knowledge. The book covers all the key areas of algebra including elementary operations, linear equations, formulae, simultaneous equations, quadratic equations, logarithms, variation, laws and sequences.
xiii, 382 pages ; 22 cm (pbk)
1786697734
Hardback:Eternal boy, the life of Kenneth Grahame:2018
Author: Dennison, Matthew
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Resource type: Physical
Note: The story of Kenneth Grahame, author of the children's classic 'Wind in the Willows', and of the vision of English pastoral that inspired it.
288 pages, illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (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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0008131996
Paperback:Behind her eyes:2017
Author: Pinborough, Sarah, 1972-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: HarperCollinsPublishers Since her husband walked out, Louise has made her son her world, supporting them both with her part-time job. But all that changes when she meets David. Young, successful and charming - Louise cannot believe a man like him would look at her twice let alone be attracted to her. But that all comes to a grinding halt when she meets his wife Adele. Beautiful, elegant and sweet - Louise's new friend seems perfect in every way. As she becomes obsessed by this flawless couple, entangled in the intricate web of their marriage, they each, in turn, reach out to her. But only when she gets to know them both does she begin to see the cracks. Is David really is the man she thought she knew and is Adele as vulnerable as she appears? Just what terrible secrets are they both hiding and how far will they go to keep them?
376 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1907339515
Paperback:London's secret walks, explore the city's hidden places:2012
Author: Chesters, Graeme
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Survival
Resource type: Physical
Note: A unique walks book that takes readers on a tour of London's ancient alleys and back streets to explore the city's more unusual sights and attractions.
320 p. (pbk)
0571340288
Hardback:Lanny:2019
Author: Porter, Max
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: There is a village outside London, no different from many others. Everyday lives conjure a tapestry of fabulism and domesticity. This village belongs to the people who live in it and to the people who lived in it hundreds of years ago. It belongs to England's mysterious past and its confounding present. But it also belongs to Dead Papa Toothwort who has woken from his slumber and is listening, and watching. He is watching Mad Pete the village artist. He is listening to ancient Peggy gossiping at her gate, to families recently moved here and to families dead for generations. Dead Papa Toothwort hears them all as he searches, intently, for his favourite. Looking for the boy. Lanny.
213 pages ; 21 cm (hbk)
0751554154
Paperback:I let you go:2015
Author: Mackintosh, Clare
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: At the scene of a tragic accident, life changes immediately for everyone involved. Finding it impossible to stay in Bristol, Jenna Gray moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast. She is desperate to escape the past, but is haunted by the accident, by the loss of her son, and by her own fears. DI Ray Stevens is determined to get to the bottom of. Originally published: 2014 At the scene of a tragic accident, life changes immediately for everyone involved. Finding it impossible to stay in Bristol, Jenna Gray moves to a remote cottage on the Welsh coast. She is desperate to escape the past, but is haunted by the accident, by the loss of her son, and by her own fears. DI Ray Stevens is determined to get to the bottom of this case. The investigation takes him away from his family and he finds himself growing closer to Kate Evans, a young and forthright detective on his team. But Jenna's past is about to catch up with her, with devastating consequences.
373 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1473222435
Paperback:The furthest station:2018
Author: Aaronovitch, Ben, 1964-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Gollancz
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017 There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly who to call. It's PC Peter Grant's speciality. Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow up interviews rather difficult. So with a little help from Abigail and Toby the ghost hunting dog, Peter and Jaget are heading out on a ghost hunting expedition. Because finding the ghost and deciphering their urgent message might just be a matter of life and death.
118 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0062677306
Paperback:Sully, my search for what really matters:2016
Author: Sullenberger, Chesley, 1951-
Author: Zaslow, Jeffrey
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Resource type: Physical
Note: Film tie-in Now a major motion picture from Clint Eastwood, starring Tom Hanks - the inspirational autobiography by one of the most captivating American heroes of our time, Capt. 'Sully' Sullenberger - the pilot who miraculously landed a crippled US Airways Flight 1549 in New York's Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew.
368 pages ; 21 cm (pbk)
1444914146
Paperback:New guard:2017
Author: Muchamore, Robert
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes QR code Originally published: 2016 Ryan Sharma is a CHERUB agent. Working undercover, he can slip under adult radar and get information that sends criminals and terrorists to jail. Now he's investigating a double kidnapping, working with mission controller James Adams. In the mission to end all missions, Ryan and James must assemble a team of legendary CHERUB agents to find the hostages and bring them home.
294 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008288747
Paperback:Who fears death:2018
Author: Okorafor, Nnedi
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: DAW Books, Inc., 2010 In a post-apocalyptic Africa, the world has changed in many ways; yet in one region genocide between tribes still bloodies the land. A woman who has survived the annihilation of her village and a terrible rape by an enemy general wanders into the desert, hoping to die. Instead, she gives birth to an angry baby girl with hair and skin the colour of sand. Gripped by the certainty that her daughter is different - special - she names her Onyesonwu, which means 'Who fears death?' in an ancient language. It doesn't take long for Onye to understand that she is physically and socially marked by the circumstances of her conception.
386 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)