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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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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.
144481771X
Large print:Eye contact:2013.:Large print ed.
Author: McNeill, Fergus.
Year 2013.
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print ed.
Publisher: Charnwood,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2012. English
416 pages (large print) ; 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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Recent rating
0385618700
Hardback:A god in ruins:2015.
Author: Atkinson, Kate.
Year 2015.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Catalogue
Publisher: Doubleday,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Kate Atkinson's 'Life After Life' explored the possibility of infinite chances, as Ursula Todd lived through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. In 'A God in Ruins', Atkinson turns her focus on Ursula's beloved younger brother Teddy - would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father - as he navigates the perils and progress. English
394 pages ; 24 cm.
1786151863
Paperback:The Dali diaries:2017.
Author: Ferris, Stewart.
Year 2017.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Accent Press Ltd,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
300 pages.
0857522310
Hardback:The girl on the train.:2015.
Author: Hawkins, Paula.
Year 2015.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
316 pages ; 24 cm.
1784161756
Paperback:The girl on the train:2016.
Author: Hawkins, Paula.
Year 2016.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Film tie-in. Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2015. English
408 pages ; 20 cm.
1784296554
Paperback:Greeks bearing gifts:2018.
Author: Kerr, Philip.
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Quercus,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
486 pages ; 20 cm.
0241453127
Paperback:The Meal Prep King cookbook : prep yourself back to health:2020
Year 2020
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Resource type: Physical
224
0007580991
Paperback:The assassination of Margaret Thatcher and other stories.:2015.
Author: Mantel, Hilary.
Year 2015.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Catalogue, Short story
Publisher: Fourth Estate,
Resource type: Physical
Note: A brilliant - and rather transgressive - collection of short stories from the double Man Booker Prize-winning author of 'Wolf Hall' and 'Bring Up the Bodies'. Originally published: 2014. Originally published: 2014. English
288 pages ; 20 cm.