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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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0141377615
Paperback:Pollyanna:2018:New edition ; illustrated by Neil Reed
Author: Porter, Eleanor H., 1868-1920,
Author: Reed, Neil
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New edition ; illustrated by Neil Reed
Publisher: Puffin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: This edition originally published: 1994 Originally published: London: Harrap, 1927 As soon as Pollyanna arrives in Beldingsville to live with her strict and dutiful maiden aunt, she begins to brighten up everybody's life. The 'glad game' she plays, of finding a silver lining in every cloud, transforms the sick, the lonely and the plain miserable - until one day something so terrible happens that even Pollyanna doesn't know how to feel glad about it.
266 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 18 cm (pbk)
0141369760
Paperback:Murder most unladylike:2016
Author: Stevens, Robin, 1988-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Corgi, 2014 When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident - but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place - and there's more than one person at Deepdean with a motive.
323 pages, illustration (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
055216853X
Paperback:Morning Frost:2014
Author: Henry, James
Author: Wingfield, R. D.
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: 5 October, 1982. It's been one of the worst days of Detective Sergeant Jack Frost's life. He has buried his wife Mary, and must now endure the wake, attended by all of Denton's finest. All, that is, apart from DC Sue Clark, who spends the night pursuing a bogus tip-off, before being summoned to the discovery of a human hand. And things get worst. L. Originally published: London: Bantam Press, 2013 5 October, 1982. It's been one of the worst days of Detective Sergeant Jack Frost's life. He has buried his wife Mary, and must now endure the wake, attended by all of Denton's finest. All, that is, apart from DC Sue Clark, who spends the night pursuing a bogus tip-off, before being summoned to the discovery of a human hand. And things get worst. Local entrepreneur Harry Baskin is shot outside his club, and off-licence is set on fire and a famous painting goes missing.
474 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1407131729
Paperback:Life according to... Alice B. Lovely:2012
Author: McCombie, Karen
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Paperback. Edie Evans is sick of being treated like a kid. And she doesn't, repeat, doesn't need a babysitter. And then along comes the strange, the shy, the captivating Alice B Lovely. Suddenly Edie shakes off her cynicism, monosyllabic Stan gets giddy and giggly, and even Mum and Dad seem to relax once Alice is around, spinning her fabulous tales Edie is sick of being treated like a kid, she doesn't need a babysitter! And then along comes the strange, the shy, the captivating Alice B. Lovely. Suddenly Edie shakes off her cynicism, Stan gets giddy and giggly and even Mum and Dad relax once Alice is around, spinning her tales and coming up with left-field babysitting fun.
248 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1788000595
Paperback:When good geeks go bad:2019
Author: Wilkins, Catherine, (Teen fiction writer)
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Ella's dad refuses to let her have cool school shoes or stay up later than 9:30, Ella decides to take things into her own hands. Being good hasn't got her anywhere, so why not try being bad for a while? It certainly looks a lot more fun and what's a few detentions here and there? But going bad is a slippery slope and soon things are starting to spiral out of control. Can Ella get things back on track? Or is she going to end up with egg on her face?
253 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1405287063
Paperback:Amelia Fang and the unicorn lords:2018
Author: Anderson, Laura Ellen
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Egmont
Resource type: Physical
Note: Amelia Fang is the biggest hearted vampiress you'll ever meet. In this adventure, she and her friends Florence the yeti (DON'T CALL HER BEAST), Grimaldi the Death and Prince Tangine (reformed spoiled sprout), along with her pet pumpkin Squashy, must brave the journey to the terrifying Kingdom of the Light to try to find Tangine's missing mother, Queen Fairyweather. But with unicorns, fairies and angel-kittens lurking around every corner, who can they trust?
219 pages, illustrations (black and white), map (black and white) ; 19 cm (pbk)
0349134286
Paperback:Everything I never told you:2014
Author: Ng, Celeste
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Blackfriars
Resource type: Physical
Note: Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee; a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue - in Marilyn's case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James's case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the centre of every party. But Lydia is under pressures that have nothing to do with growing up in 1970s small town Ohio. When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, James is consumed by guilt and sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage.
304 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241973031
Paperback:In order to live, a North Korean girl's journey to freedom:2016
Author: Park, Yeonmi, 1993-
Author: Vollers, Maryanne
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Radio tie-in Originally published: New York: Penguin, 2015 'I am most grateful for two things: that I was born in North Korea, and that I escaped from North Korea.' Yeonmi Park was not dreaming of freedom when she escaped from North Korea. She didn't even know what it meant to be free. All she knew was that she was running for her life, that if she and her family stayed behind they would die - from starvation, or disease, or even execution. This book is the story of Park's struggle to survive in the darkest, most repressive country on earth; her harrowing escape through China's underworld of smugglers and human traffickers; and then her escape from China across the Gobi desert to Mongolia, with only the stars to guide her way, and from there to South Korea and at last to freedom; and finally her emergence as a leading human rights activist - all before her 21st birthday.
273 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white), map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141979364
Paperback:The shepherd's life, a tale of the Lake District:2016
Author: Rebanks, James
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations. Their way of life is ordered by the seasons and the work they demand, and has been for hundreds of years. Origi. Originally published: UK: Allen Lane, 2015 Some people's lives are entirely their own creations. James Rebanks' isn't. The first son of a shepherd, who was the first son of a shepherd himself, he and his family have lived and worked in and around the Lake District for generations. Their way of life is ordered by the seasons and the work they demand, and has been for hundreds of years.
xx, 292 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1444775812
Paperback:A man called Ove:2015
Author: Backman, Fredrik, 1981-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sceptre
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Swedish There is something about Ove. At first sight, he is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets. But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?
304 pages (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

 

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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1785211188
Hardback:Coding, everything you need to get started with programming using Pyth:2017
Author: Saunders, Mike
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Haynes
Resource type: Physical
Note: This coding manual teaches you everything you need to become a great programmer. Whether you need to boost your coding skills for school, work or just as a hobby, this comprehensive guide introduces the tools, terms, and concepts that take you from a beginner to an experienced developer. Simple explanations and step-by-step guides ease you through the features of the Python programming language, providing you with everything you need to write code in the real world.
128 pages, illustrations (colour) ; 28 cm (hbk)
0099591073
Paperback:The hanging club:2017
Author: Parsons, Tony, 1953-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Century, 2016 A band of vigilante executioners roam London's hot summer nights, abducting evil men and hanging them by the neck until dead. Sentenced to death is the gang member who groomed and abused dozens of vulnerable girls; the wealthy drunk driver who mowed down a child; and the hate preacher calling for the murder of British troops. As the bodies pile up and riots explode all over the sweltering city, DC Max Wolfe embarks on his most dangerous investigation yet, hunting a gang of killers who many believe to be heroes. But before he can confront them, he must learn some painful truths about the fragile line between good and evil, innocence and guilt, justice and retribution - and discover that the lust for revenge starts very close to home.
368 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1786331373
Hardback:The second sleep:2019
Author: Harris, Robert, 1957-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hutchinson
Resource type: Physical
Note: 1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts - coins, fragments of glass, human bones - which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes - about himself, his faith and the history of his world - is tested to destruction.
327 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1471176312
Hardback:I love the bones of you, my father and the making of me:2019
Author: Eccleston, Christopher
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Be it as Nicky Hutchinson in 'Our Friends In The North', Maurice in 'The A Word', or his reinvention of Doctor Who, one man, in life and death, has accompanied Christopher Eccleston every step of the way - his father Ronnie. In this memoir, Eccleston unveils a vivid portrait of a relationship that has shaped his entire career trajectory, mirroring and defining his own highs and lows, from stage and screen triumph to breakdown, anorexia, self-doubt, and a deep belief in the basic principles of access and equality denied to generations.
400 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 25 cm (hbk)
1911171844
Hardback:Professor Astro Cat's stargazing:2019:First edition
Author: Walliman, Dominic, Dr.
Author: Newman, Ben
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Edition: First edition
Publisher: Flying Eye Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Text on lining paper Have you ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what a star looks like up close? Ever thought about how long it would take to walk a light-year? Join Professor Astro Cat and his friends on another stellar mission!
27 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 25 cm (hbk)
0749942029
Paperback:No man's mistress:2011
Author: Balogh, Mary
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Piatkus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Lord Ferdinand Dudley is accustomed to getting what he wants - that is, until he appears at the door of Pinewood Manor, attempting to claim his rightful estate, and is met by the bewitching fury of Lady Viola Thornhill. She refuses to relinquish the home she calls her own. He refuses to leave and so the contest begins. Fall in love with NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author Mary Balogh's sparkling blend of romance, danger and intrigue as a dashing lord meets his match Originally published: New York: Delacorte, 2001
347 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0349423253
Paperback:Leopard's wrath:2019
Author: Feehan, Christine
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Piatkus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: U.S.: Jove Discover a dizzying world of desire and an exotic, sensual race: the Leopard People. He's a man who's used to getting what he wants, but she's not the type of woman to take things lying down. Born into a world of crime, Mitya Amurov has had a hard life, and his leopard has developed into a feral beast to protect him. It's constantly trying to claw its way to the surface, until a chance encounter with a stranger instantly calms the predator inside him. While Mitya wants Ania desperately, it's only a matter of time before his past catches up with him, and he'd rather die than put her in danger. But Ania is dealing with dangers of her own.
420 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1472248996
Paperback:Come and find me:2018
Author: Hilary, Sarah
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline
Resource type: Physical
Note: On the surface, Lara Chorley and Ruth Hull have nothing in common, other than their infatuation with Michael Vokey. Each is writing to a sadistic inmate, sharing her secrets, whispering her worst fears, craving his attention. DI Marnie Rome understands obsession. She's finding it hard to give up her own addiction to a dangerous man: her foster brother, Stephen Keele. She wasn't able to save her parents from Stephen. She lives with that guilt every day. As the hunt for Vokey gathers pace, Marnie fears one of the women may have found him - and is about to pay the ultimate price.
376 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)