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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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1784751855
Paperback:Munich:2018
Author: Harris, Robert, 1957-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017 Set over four days against the backdrop of the Munich Conference of September 1938, this book follows the fortunes of two men who were friends at Oxford together in the 1920s. Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving in 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Paul von Hartmann is on the staff of the German Foreign Office - and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. They have not been in contact for more than a decade. But when Hugh flies with Chamberlain from London to Munich, and Paul travels on Hitler's train overnight from Berlin, their paths are set on a collision course - with dramatic results.
434 pages, illustration (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1845283414
Paperback:How to write essays, a step-by-step guide for all levels, with sample essays:2009:Rev. and updated 2nd ed
Author: Shiach, Don
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Rev. and updated 2nd ed
Publisher: How To Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous ed.: 2007. With expert advice and practical guidance from an experienced author, this title helps students to dramatically improve their grade assessments by putting into practice some simple, but invaluable principles of essay writing. Previous ed.: 2007 Includes index.
xi, 163 p., ill. ; 24 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)
148934201X
DAISY:My Italian bulldozer:2016
Author: McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
Author: Ackroyd, Timothy, 1958-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: DAISY
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: A story of unexpected circumstance and lesson in making the best of what you have, 'My Italian Bulldozer' is a warm holiday read guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
6 CDs (6 hr., 47 min.) : digital, stereo (CDs)
1409150720
Paperback:Red queen:2015
Author: Aveyard, Victoria
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is a world divided by blood - red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people sh. This is a world divided by blood - red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own - one that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
388 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408878682
Hardback:Lost connections, uncovering the real causes of depression - and the unexpected solutions:2018
Author: Hari, Johann
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
Resource type: Physical
Note: What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them? Award-winning journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking anti-depressants when he was a teenager. He was told that his problems were caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate whether this was true - and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong. Across the world, Hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are not caused by a chemical imbalance in our brains. In fact, they are largely caused by key problems with the way we live today. Once he had uncovered nine real causes of depression and anxiety, they led him to scientists who are discovering seven very different solutions - ones that work.
321 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
0857503626
Paperback:Past tense:2019
Author: Child, Lee
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018 Jack Reacher plans to follow the autumn sun on an epic road trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been - the town where his father was born. He thinks, what's one extra day? He takes the detour. At the very same moment, close by, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians are trying to get to New York City to sell a treasure. They're stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. It's a strange place, but it's all there is. The next morning in the city clerk's office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He's told no one named Reacher ever lived in that town. He knows his father never went back. Now he wonders, was he ever there in the first place?
478 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0593077385
Hardback:The couple next door:2016
Author: Lapena, Shari, 1960-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine, after all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked o. Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine, after all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realised. She's gone. You've never had to call the police before, but now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there. What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?
303 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
140883023X
Paperback:The weight of water:2013
Author: Crossan, Sarah
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2012. Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother leave Poland and head for the UK to find her father. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school Kasienka finds it impossible to make new friends. Originally published: 2012
227 pages ; 20 cm (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

 

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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1787331113
Hardback:Late in the day:2019
Author: Hadley, Tessa
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Resource type: Physical
Note: Alexandr and Christine and Zachary and Lydia have been close friends since they first met in their twenties. Thirty years later Alex and Christine are spending a leisurely summer evening at home when they receive a call from a distraught Lydia. Zach is dead. In the wake of this profound loss, the three friends find themselves unmoored; all agree that Zach was the sanest and kindest of them all, the irreplaceable one they couldn't afford to lose. Inconsolable, Lydia moves in with Alex and Christine. But instead of loss bringing them closer, the three of them find over the following months that it warps their relationships, as old entanglements and grievances rise from the past, and love and sorrow give way to anger and bitterness.
281 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1787330974
Hardback:Our friends in Berlin:2018
Author: Quinn, Anthony, 1964-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Resource type: Physical
Note: London, 1941. The city is in blackout, besieged by nightly air raids from Germany. Two strangers are about to meet. Between them they may alter the course of the war. While the Blitz has united the nation, there is an enemy hiding in plain sight. A group of British citizens is gathering secret information to aid Hitler's war machine. Jack Hoste has become entangled in this treachery, but he also has a particular mission: to locate the most dangerous Nazi agent in the country. Hoste soon receives a promising lead. Amy Strallen, who works in a Mayfair marriage bureau, was once close to this elusive figure. Her life is a world away from the machinations of Nazi sympathisers, yet when Hoste pays a visit to Amy's office, everything changes in a heartbeat.
281 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0552774405
Paperback:I've got your number:2012
Author: Kinsella, Sophie
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Poppy loses her engagement ring and her mobile all in the same disastrous evening, it seems the obvious solution to make use of a phone she finds, by chance, abandoned in a hotel bin. But inevitably her life becomes entangled with the real owner of the phone, a high-flying businessman called Sam. Originally published: London: Bantam. Originally published: London: Bantam When Poppy loses her engagement ring and her mobile all in the same disastrous evening, it seems the obvious solution to make use of a phone she finds, by chance, abandoned in a hotel bin. But inevitably her life becomes entangled with the real owner of the phone, a high-flying businessman called Sam.
458 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1509851283
Hardback:Nothing ventured:2019
Author: Archer, Jeffrey, 1940-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Macmillan
Resource type: Physical
Note: William Warwick series William Warwick has always wanted to be a detective and decides that rather than become a barrister like his father and his sister, he will join London's Metropolitan Police Force. After graduating from university, William begins a career that will define his life: from his early months on the beat under his mentor, Constable Fred Yates, to his first high-stakes case as a fledgling detective in Scotland Yard's arts and antiquities squad. Investigating the theft of a priceless Rembrandt painting from the Fitzmolean Museum, he meets Beth Rainsford, a research assistant at the gallery who he falls hopelessly in love with, even as Beth guards a secret of her own that she's terrified will come to light. While William follows the trail of the missing masterpiece, he comes up against art collector Miles Faulkner and his lawyer, Booth Watson QC, who are willing to bend the law to breaking point to stay one step ahead.
323 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
184866401X
Hardback:Children of war:2014
Author: Walker, Martin, 1947 January 23-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Bruno, chef de police in the French town of St Denis, is already busy with a case when the body of an undercover French Muslim cop is found in the woods, a man who called Bruno for help only hours before. But Bruno's sometime boss and rival, the Brigadier, doesn't see this investigation as a priority - there are bigger issues at stake. Bruno has ot. Bruno, chef de police in the French town of St Denis, is already busy with a case when the body of an undercover French Muslim cop is found in the woods, a man who called Bruno for help only hours before. But Bruno's sometime boss and rival, the Brigadier, doesn't see this investigation as a priority - there are bigger issues at stake. Bruno has other ideas. Meanwhile, a Muslim youth named Sami turns up at a French army base in Afghanistan hoping to get home to St Denis. One of Bruno's old army comrades helps to smuggle Sami back to France, but the FBI aren't far behind. Then an American woman appears in St Denis with a warrant for Sami's extradition. Bruno must unravel these multiple mysteries, amidst pressure from his bosses, and find his own way to protect his town and its people.
358 pages, map (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0571321941
Hardback:Platform seven:2019
Author: Doughty, Louise, 1963-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Platform Seven at 4am: Peterborough Railway Station is deserted. The man crossing the covered walkway on this freezing November morning is confident he's alone. As he sits on the metal bench at the far end of the platform it is clear his choice is strategic - he's as far away from the night staff as he can get. What the man doesn't realise is that he has company. Lisa Evans knows what he has decided. She knows what he is about to do as she tries and fails to stop him walking to the platform edge. Two deaths on Platform Seven. Two fatalities in eighteen months - surely they're connected? No one is more desperate to understand what connects them than Lisa Evans herself. After all, she was the first of the two to die.
424 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1421585111
Paperback:My hero academia:2016
Author: Horikoshi, Kohei, 1986-
Author: Cook, Caleb D.
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: VIZ Media, LLC
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Japanese What would the world be like if 80% of the population manifested superpowers called 'Quirks'? Heroes and villains would be battling it out everywhere! Being a hero would mean learning to use your power, but where would you go to study? The Hero Academy of course! But what would you do if you were one of the 20% who were born Quirkless? A sinister group of villains has attacked the first-year U.A. students, but their real target is All Might. It's all that Midoriya and his classmates can do to hold them off until reinforcements arrive. All Might joins the battle to protect the kids, but as his power runs out he may be forced into an extremely dangerous bluff!
188 pages, chiefly illustrations (black and white) ; 19 cm (pbk)
1509831576
Hardback:The saboteur:2017
Author: Gross, Andrew, 1952-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Macmillan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Minotaur Kurt Nordstrum leaves behind the safety of his life in Oslo to join the Allied troops. Having spent the last few months mourning the tragic death of his fiancee, he's been searching everywhere for distraction. When he learns of a top-secret operation to interfere with the Nazis' plans, it's everything he's been looking for, and he immediately steps up to the challenge. What he doesn't know is that the mission he has signed up to is about to become more dangerous than he could ever have imagined.
viii, 437 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)