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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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0751564915
Paperback:After the end:2020.
Author: Mackintosh, Clare.
Year 2020.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2019. English
374 pages ; 20 cm.
1472278402
Hardback:One August night:2020.
Author: Hislop, Victoria.
Year 2020.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Headline Review,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
229 pages ; 24 cm
1473663482
Hardback:A damned serious business:2018.
Author: Seymour, Gerald.
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
468 pages ; 24 cm.
1529100615
Hardback:Project Hail Mary
Author: Weir, Andy.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
448 pages ; 24 cm
0008241716
Hardback:Bloody brilliant women : the pioneers, revolutionaries and geniuses your history teacher forgot to mention:2018.
Author: Newman, Cathy.
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Catalogue
Publisher: William Collins,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
376 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm.
1786488361
Hardback:The confession:2018.
Author: Spain, Jo.
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Quercus,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
392 pages ; 24 cm.
0241341825
Hardback:Bitter orange:2018.
Author: Fuller, Claire.
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Fig Tree,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
279 pages ; 23 cm.
1472223241
Hardback:Those who are loved:2019.
Author: Hislop, Victoria.
Year 2019.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Headline Review,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Illustrations on lining papers. English
486 pages ; 24 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

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

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Paperback:Basic English grammar for dummies:2016.:UK edition.
Author: Woods, Geraldine.
Year 2016.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: UK edition.
Publisher: For Dummies,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English is a hard language to get right. It's all too easy to make simple mistakes which can land you in embarrassing social situations or even cost you a job. Without the complexity of formal grammar and through plenty of examples and brief exercises, this guide is here to help. It gets you up and running on common spelling errors, how to structur. English
xi, 361 pages ; 24 cm.
1444838016
Large print:The late show:2018.:Large print edition.
Author: Connelly, Michael, 1956-
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition.
Publisher: Charnwood,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard edition originally published: London: Orion Books, 2017. English
448 pages (large print) ; 24 cm.
0755377753
Paperback:The thread.:2012.
Author: Hislop, Victoria.
Year 2012.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline Review,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2011. Thessaloniki, 1917. As Dimitri Komninos is born, a devastating fire sweeps through the Greek city where Christians, Jews and Muslims live side by side. 5 years later, Katerina Sarafoglou's home in Asia Minoris destroyed by the Turkish army. Losing her mother in the chaos, she flees across the sea to an unknown destination in Greece. 'Sweeping, magnificently detailed and ambitious' -- The Sunday Times 'Fast-paced narrative and utterly convincing sense of place' -- Guardian 'Fresh, tenacious and rather intrepid' -- Independent 'This is storytelling at its best and just like a tapestry, when each thread is sewn into place, so emerge the layers and history of relationships past and present' -- Sunday Express 'Her best novel yet' -- Scotsman 'A brilliant page turner and destined to become a reading group staple, THE THREAD is rich with drama and historical detail' -- Glamour 'Meticulously researched and compellingly told' -- Woman & Home 'An evocative exploration of the past's hold on a family, with an exquisite love story at its centre' -- Good Housekeeping 'A book to lose yourself in' -- We Love This Book. English
465 p. : ill., maps ; 20 cm.
1473608988
Hardback:The man I think I know:2018.
Author: Gayle, Mike.
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
310 pages ; 24 cm.
0007535651
Hardback:Desert God:2014.
Author: Smith, Wilbur A.
Year 2014.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Taita has risen from nothing to become the most trusted man at the Pharaoh's side. Only he can plot a mission that will return Egypt to its former glory. Only he can muster the force that can break the back of Egypt's greatest enemy. Map on lining papers. English
424 pages : map (colour) ; 24 cm.
1786487861
Paperback:Foundryside:2018.
Author: Bennett, Robert Jackson, 1984-
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
400 pages ; 24 cm.
0008259941
Paperback:The Quaker:2019.
Author: McIlvanney, Liam.
Year 2019.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018. English
389 pages ; 20 cm.
1405913487
Paperback:What remains:2015.
Author: Weaver, Tim, 1977-
Year 2015.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Colm Healy used to be a policeman until, haunted by the murder of a young mother and her two children, his life unravels. Then, left with nothing but the hunt for a killer, he disappears. That's when Missing Person's Investigator David Raker gets involved. Raker knows Healy; had tried to help him. But now, instead of getting Healy back on his feet. Originally published: London: Michael Joseph. English
vii, 581 pages ; 20 cm.