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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:Miss Smilla's feeling for snow:1996:New pbk. ed.
Author: Hoeg, Peter, 1957-
Author: David, F.
Author: David F.
Year 1996
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: This translation originally published: London: Harvill, 1993 Smilla Jaspersen, the resourceful, tenacious and bloody-minded Greenlander heroine, has won the hearts of readers the world over in her quest to find the truth behind the death of a six year-old boy. General adult. Translated from the Danish
409 pages, maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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)
1406357987
Paperback:The knife of never letting go:2014:[New] edition
Author: Ness, Patrick, 1971-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New] edition
Publisher: Walker Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: This edition originally published: 2013 Imagine you can hear everything the town of men say about you. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don't fit into their plans. Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run.
511 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241003636
Hardback:Flash boys, cracking the money code:2014
Author: Lewis, Michael
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Allen Lane
Resource type: Physical
Note: If you thought Wall Street was about alpha males standing in trading pits hollering at each other, think again. That world is dead. Now, the world's money is traded by computer code, inside black boxes in heavily guarded buildings. Even the experts entrusted with your cash don't know what's happening to it. And the very few who do aren't about to t. If you thought Wall Street was about alpha males standing in trading pits hollering at each other, think again. That world is dead. Now, the world's money is traded by computer code, inside black boxes in heavily guarded buildings. Even the experts entrusted with your cash don't know what's happening to it. And the very few who do aren't about to tell - because they're making a killing. In 'Flash Boys', Michael Lewis tells the explosive story of how one group of ingenious oddballs and misfits set out to expose what was going on.
274 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)

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:The butcher bird:2015
Author: Sykes, S. D.
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: Oswald de Lacy is growing up fast in his new position as Lord of Somershill Manor. The Black Death changed many things, and just as it took away his father and elder brothers, so it has taken many of his villagers and servants. However, there is still the same amount of work to be done in the fields, and the few people left to do it think they should be paid more - something the King has forbidden. Just as anger begins to spread, the story of the 'butcher bird' takes flight. People claim to have witnessed a huge creature in the skies; a new-born baby is found impaled on a thorn bush; and then more children disappear. Convinced the bird is just a superstitious rumour, Oswald must discover what is really happening, before things get out of hand.
342 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0751568252
Paperback:Broken ground:2019
Author: McDermid, Val
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2018 When a body is discovered in the remote depths of the Highlands, DCI Karen Pirie finds herself in the right place at the right time. Unearthed with someone's long-buried inheritance, the victim seems to belong to the distant past - until new evidence suggests otherwise, and Karen is called in to unravel a case where nothing is as it seems. It's not long before an overheard conversation draws Karen into the heart of a different case, however - a shocking crime she thought she'd already prevented. As she inches closer to the twisted truths at the centre of these murders, it becomes clear that she's dealing with a version of justice terrifyingly different to her own.
502 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
178648739X
Hardback:The stranger diaries:2018
Author: Griffiths, Elly
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. As a literature teacher specialising in the gothic writer RM Holland, she teaches a short course on it every year. Then Clare's life and work collide tragically when one of her colleagues is found dead, a line from an RM Holland story by her body. The investigating police detective is convinced the writer's works somehow hold the key to the case. Not knowing who to trust, and afraid that the killer is someone she knows, Clare confides her darkest suspicions and fears about the case to her journal. Then one day she notices some other writing in the diary - writing that isn't hers.
410 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0330522078
Paperback:The dark:2012:New pbk. ed.
Author: Herbert, James, 1943-
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Pan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: New English Library, 1980. Somewhere in the night a girl smiled as her mother burned, asylum inmates slaughtered their attendants, in slimy tunnels once-human creatures gathered. Madness raged as the lights began to fade and humanity was attacked by an unstoppable evil. Originally published: London: New English Library, 1980
438 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)