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Reading Groups

Like chatting about books? Like chatting about books?

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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0552570745
Paperback:First class murder:2015.
Author: Stevens, Robin, 1988-
Year 2015.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
324 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm.
1447277899
Hardback:Goth Girl and the wuthering fright:2015.
Author: Riddell, Chris.
Year 2015.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
218 pages : illustrations (black and white), map (black and white) ; 20 cm +
0241957508
Paperback:The hangman's revolution:2015.
Author: Colfer, Eoin.
Year 2015.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Young FBI agent Chevie Savano arrives back in modern-day London after a time-trip to the Victorian age, to find the present very different from the one she left. Europe is being run by a fascist movement known as the Boxites, who control their territory through intimidation and terror. Chevie's memories come back to her in fragments, and just as sh. Originally published: 2014. English
359 pages ; 20 cm.
0349408157
Paperback:The quality of silence:2016.
Author: Lupton, Rosamund.
Year 2016.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Catalogue
Publisher: Piatkus,
Resource type: Physical
Note: On 24th November Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby arrived in Alaska. Within hours they were driving alone across a frozen wilderness where nothing grows, where no one lives, where tears freeze and night will last for another 54 days. They are looking for Ruby's father. Travelling deeper into a silent land. They still cannot find him. And someone i. Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2015. English
394 pages ; 20 cm.
059307825X
Hardback:Straight outta Crawley : memoirs of a distinctly average human being:2018.
Author: Ranganathan, Romesh.
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
xiii, 246 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm.
0552779903
Paperback:The body : a guide for occupants:2020.
Author: Bryson, Bill, author.
Year 2020.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Catalogue
Publisher: Black Swan,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2019. Includes bibliographical references and index. English
x, 532 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm
text
still image
unmediated
volume
0008284660
Paperback:Lies, lies, lies:2019.
Author: Parks, Adele.
Year 2019.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HQ,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
435 pages ; 20 cm.
0008309647
Paperback:Hold your breath:2020.
Author: Walter, B. P.
Year 2020.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Avon,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
357 pages ; 20 cm.
0008204853
Hardback:Reservoir 13:2017.
Author: McGregor, Jon, 1976-
Year 2017.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: 4th Estate,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
327 pages : illustration (black and white) ; 24 cm.
1782118497
Hardback:The hoarder:2018.
Author: Kidd, Jess.
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Canongate,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Radio tie-in. English
346 pages ; 22 cm.

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Reading Groups in Bexley Libraries

Are you a keen reader and like to discuss the books you read? Bexley Libraries has a range of reading groups for adults and teenagers, including those living with a visual impairment.

Adult Reading Groups

Library Day Times
Central Last Thursday of the month 5.45pm-6.45pm
Crayford Third Wednesday of the month 10.00am-midday
Erith Second Wednesday of the month 11.00am-midday
Sidcup First Wednesday of the month 5.45pm-6.45pm
Thamesmead Second Monday of the month 10.00am-11.00am
Welling Second Friday of the month 10.15am-midday

Reader’s Choice

Informal, family friendly groups for chat about whatever you are currently reading. Ideal for parents and carers with babies and toddlers.

Library Day Times
Central Third Thursday of the month 10.30am-11.30am
Sidcup First Monday of the month 10.30am-11.30am

Reading Group for the Visually Impaired

We host a reading group for the visually impaired at Central Library, Bexleyheath on the first Wednesday of each month from 10.30am-midday.

For more information please contact us.

Other Reading Groups for Adults

  • Central Library host the ‘Book Bound Book Club’ on the second Thursday of the month from where members can discuss a specific book and other books that they’ve read in a relaxed atmosphere.
  • Sidcup Library host a ‘Crime and Thriller Reading Group’ on the second Saturday of the month at 2.30pm.
  • For Jane Austen lovers, there is also a ‘Jane Austen Reading Group’ which meets at Welling Library on alternate Thursdays from 1.15pm-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 on the first Wednesday of the month from 10.00am-11.00am.
  • Love Poetry? Join the Poetry group at Welling Library from 2.30-4pm on alternate Saturdays for friendly chat and discussion about all types of poetry.

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.

Running your own reading group

If you already run, are part of, or are looking to starting your own local reading group we can provide book group sets free of charge from our collection of over 100 titles.

The book sets can be delivered to any of our libraries for you to collect.

For more information about setting up a group please contact us.

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 recommend ‘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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New Books Magazine – Reviews and ideas for reading groups and general readers alike.

The Reading Club – Everything you need to know about setting up and running a reading group, plus features, guides and activities.

Any views expressed by contributors to these sites should not be taken to reflect the views of the Council.

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Recent rating
0718159314
Hardback:Because of you:2020.
Author: French, Dawn.
Year 2020.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Michael Joseph,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
404 pages ; 23 cm
0963270702
Paperback:The satanic verses:1998.:Reprint.
Author: Rushdie, Salman.
Year 1998.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Reprint.
Publisher: Vintage,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Viking, 1988. A Whitbread Prize winner, this book is a study of good and evil. It begins with two Indians, Gibreel Farishta and Saladin Chamcha, plummeting from the sky after the explosion of their jetliner, and proceeds through a series of metamorphoses, dreams, and revelations. eng. English
546 p. ; 20 cm.
1743316690
Paperback:The son-in-law.:2014.
Author: Norman, Charity.
Year 2014.
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Allen & Unwin,
Resource type: Physical
400.
1849019762
Hardback:Agatha Raisin and the blood of an Englishman:2014.
Author: Beaton, M. C.
Year 2014.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Constable,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Even though Agatha Raisin loathes Christmas panto, her friend Mrs Bloxby, the vicar's wife, has persuaded her to support the local amateur dramatic society in their festive offering. Stifling a yawn at the production of 'Babes in the Wood', Agatha watches the baker playing an ogre strut and threaten on stage until a trapdoor opens. followed by a sc. Originally published: New York: Minotaur. English
232 pages ; 23 cm.
1405942428
Paperback:How to disappear:2020.
Author: McAllister, Gillian.
Year 2020.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
468 pages ; 20 cm.
0141046104
Paperback:Hope:2010.:New pbk. ed.
Author: Pearse, Lesley.
Year 2010.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Penguin,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Smuggled away from the rich Harvey household to a nearby village, Hope grows up in the arms of the warm and loving Renton family. But her idyllic childhood comes to an end when she is taken into service by the Harveys, setting in motion a chain of events that will see her blackmailed into leaving her beloved family for ever. Originally published: London: Michael Joseph, 2006. English
659 p. ; 20 cm.
0571332692
Paperback:Say nothing:2018.
Author: Parks, Brad, 1974-
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017. English
545 pages ; 20 cm.