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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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Paperback:Circe:2019
Author: Miller, Madeline
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018 In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft. When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe's place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.
336 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1473687918
Hardback:Threads of life, a history of the world through the eye of a needle:2019
Author: Hunter, Clare
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Sceptre
Resource type: Physical
Note: For the mothers of the disappeared in 1970s Argentina, protest was difficult. Every Thursday they marched in front of government buildings wearing headscarves embroidered with the names of their lost children. In Tudor England Mary, Queen of Scots was under house arrest and her letters were censored, so she sewed secret treason into her needlework to communicate with the world outside. From the political propaganda of the Bayeux Tapestry and First World War soldiers with PTSD, to the maps sewn by schoolgirls in the New World, 'Threads of Life' stretches from medieval France to contemporary Mexico, from a POW camp in Singapore to a family attic in Scotland.
xi, 306 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1444840312
Large print:Love strikes twice:2019
Author: Barry, Jill
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Publisher: Linford
Resource type: Physical
Note: On a journey to the Scottish harbour town where her grandmother, Cathy, had a love affair that ended in heartbreak many years before, Sarah Barnes can't help but think of how far away her days of strap-hanging on the London Tube seem to be. Currently between jobs, she takes one at a local cafe - and finds herself falling in love with GP Rory McLean. But when Rory turns out to be the grandson of the man Cathy fell in love with, there are rough waters ahead.
256 pages (large print) ; 19 cm (pbk)
1444839713
Large print:Moonbeams in a jar:2019:Large print edition
Author: Stovell, Christine
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition
Publisher: Linford
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Chloe Potter wishes on a star that she'll find a man who'll accept her and her noisy dachshund, Wilma, almost immediately she meets Ryan Green and his boisterous basset hound, Fred. But Ryan's job as a photographer means that when he's not in the middle of a war zone, he's trying to catch just the right light at the top of Mount Snowdon. Chloe wants stability and knows she has to move on. But then a once-in-a-lifetime trip unexpectedly brings them together once again.
240 pages (large print) ; 19 cm (pbk)
1408856115
Paperback:Sunkissed:2015
Author: McLachlan, Jenny
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Kat can't believe her family are sending her to Sweden for the summer. But without her friends, or even a phone signal, can Kat make it on her own? In a land of saunas, nudity and summer sun, Kat soon realises she has nowhere to hide. It's time to embrace who she really is, underneath what she's been thinking people want her to be. Especially if sh. Kat can't believe her family are sending her to Sweden for the summer. But without her friends, or even a phone signal, can Kat make it on her own? In a land of saunas, nudity and summer sun, Kat soon realises she has nowhere to hide. It's time to embrace who she really is, underneath what she's been thinking people want her to be. Especially if she's going to win the heart of mega fit Swede Leo! Can Kat find her inner strength and prove she's got what it takes? Kat soon finds that when you're surrounded by phosphorescence and wonder it's easy to sparkle. Or maybe that's what happens when you fall in love. Or maybe you only shine when you're true to yourself.
311 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1785770063
Paperback:Stasi child:2016
Author: Young, David
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Twenty7
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2015 East Berlin, 1975. A teenage girl's body at the foot of the Wall. The Stasi say she was shot while escaping - but from the West. Oberleutnant Karin Muller, in the People's Police, suspects otherwise. But in East Germany, there is nothing more dangerous than asking questions. Especially when the answers lead very close to home.
408 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1472114000
Paperback:Princess Elizabeth's spy:2015
Author: MacNeal, Susan Elia
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Constable
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Bantam Books, 2012 Assigned during WWII to protect the royals, including the young Princesses (Elizabeth and Margaret), Maggie Hope balances castle intrigue with spying for her country. The stakes are perilously high, and England's two top weapons against the Nazi invasion are a code-breaking machine that could change the course of the war - and the woman who must protect it at all costs.
352 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0330535390
Paperback:The lie of the land, an under-the-field-guide to the British Isles:2011
Author: Vince, Ian
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Boxtree, 2010. From the ancient rocks of northwest Scotland to St Michael's Mount off the coast of Cornwall, 'The Lie of the Land' takes us on a journey through a fantastically exotic Britain of red desert sands, shattering continental collisions and tides of volcanic lava. This book shows us how Britain came to look the way it does. Originally published: London: Boxtree, 2010
xvi, 286 p., ill., maps ; 20 cm (pbk)
0297856669
Paperback:The making of the British landscape, from the Ice Age to the present:2016
Author: Crane, Nicholas
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Nicholas Crane's book describes the evolution of Britain's countryside and cities. It is part journey, part history, and it concludes with awkward questions about the future of Britain's landscapes.
579 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (colour) ; 25 cm (hbk)
1528854586
Large print:Erebus, the story of a ship:2019
Author: Palin, Michael
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Clipper Large Print Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Hutchinson, 2018 Michael Palin brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus, from its construction in the naval dockyards of Pembroke, to the part it played in Ross's Antarctic expedition of 1839-43, to its abandonment during Franklin's ill-fated Arctic expedition, and to its final rediscovery on the seabed in Queen Maud Gulf in 2014. He explores the intertwined careers of the men who shared its journeys: the organisational genius James Clark Ross, who mapped much of the Antarctic coastline and oversaw some of the earliest scientific experiments to be conducted there; and the troubled Sir John Franklin, who, at the age of 60 and after a chequered career, commanded the ship on its final journey.
416 pages (large print) (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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Hardback:Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine:2017
Author: Honeyman, Gail
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted - while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided all her life.
485 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1444936816
Paperback:Simon Sock:[2018]
Author: Hendra, Sue
Author: Linnet, Paul
Author: East, Nick
Year [2018]
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017 Simon is an odd, stripey sock. He lives in the drawers with all the other socks. Every day two socks get picked to go on an adventure. The sparklies go to parties. The woolies go the park. The smarts go to school. Everyone has a pair - except Simon. Will he ever find his perfect match?
30 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 26 cm (pbk)
1848690517
Paperback:Hippobottymus:2015
Author: Smallman, Steve
Author: Grey, Ada
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Little Tiger Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Plinkety-plonk! Tweetily-tweet! The jungle animals are making music to the sound of the bubbling creek! But - goodness me! - what is that naughty hippo up to? A bonkers, musical rhyming story with a laugh-out-loud, farting surprise!
25 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 28 cm (pbk)
1848955863
Paperback:Bear's big bottom:2013:Simultaneous.
Author: Smallman, Steve
Author: Yarlett, Emma
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Simultaneous.
Publisher: Little Tiger Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Bear's friends get annoyed when his big bottom keeps getting in the way of their fun, but are glad when it saves them from being eaten by a fox. A hilarious story of bottoms, bears and animal friends that will have children giggling at Bear's bottom-based mishaps. Picture Books.
26 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 28 cm (pbk)
0099464462
Paperback:The time traveler's wife:2005
Author: Niffenegger, Audrey
Year 2005
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is the story of Henry and Clare, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 20 and Henry was 28. This is possible only because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with chrono-displacement-disorder. This is the story of Henry and Clare, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36, and were married when Clare was 22 and Henry was 30. This is possible only because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with chrono-displacement-disorder. Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 2004
518 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
034914043X
Paperback:Steve Jobs:2015
Author: Isaacson, Walter
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Abacus
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Steve Jobs' provides an account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members, this book is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation. Originally published: New York: Simon. Originally published: New York: Simon & Schuster, 2011 'Steve Jobs' provides an account of Jobs' professional and personal life. Drawn from three years of exclusive and unprecedented interviews Isaacson has conducted with Jobs as well as extensive interviews with Jobs' family members, this book is the definitive portrait of the greatest innovator of his generation.
xxi, 568 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0356510352
Hardback:Tiamat's wrath:2018
Author: Corey, James S. A.
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Orbit
Resource type: Physical
Note: TV tie-in Thirteen hundred gates have opened to solar systems around the galaxy. But as humanity builds its interstellar empire in the alien ruins, the mysteries and threats grow deeper. In the dead systems where gates lead to stranger things than alien planets, Elvi Okoye begins a desperate search to discover the nature of a genocide that happened before the first human beings existed, and to find weapons to fight a war against forces at the edge of the imaginable. But the price of that knowledge may be higher than she can pay. At the heart of the empire, Teresa Duarte prepares to take on the burden of her father's godlike ambition. The sociopathic scientist Paolo Cortazar and the Mephistophelian prisoner James Holden are only two of the dangers in a palace thick with intrigue, but Teresa has a mind of her own and secrets even her father the emperor doesn't guess.
560 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0099579936
Paperback:Fifty Shades of Grey:2012
Author: James, E. L.
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow
Resource type: Physical
Note: Paperback. B-format paperback. When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind - until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out Originally published: Australia: Writer's Coffee Shop, 2011 When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out.
514 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)