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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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1785764624
Hardback:Wilde about the girl:2018
Author: Pentland, Louise
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Zaffre
Resource type: Physical
Note: Robin Wilde is acing life. After the year from hell, she's pulled herself up and out of The Emptiness, her love life is ticking along nicely, single motherhood is actually quite fun and she is ready for whatever life throws at her. When a thrilling opportunity at work arises, Robin is more than excited to step up and show everyone, including herself, what she's made of. But her best friend Lacey is increasingly broken-hearted about struggling to conceive, and her daughter Lyla is starting to come out with some horrible attitudes she's learning from someone at school. Is Auntie Kath hiding loneliness under her bubbly, loving veneer? And can Robin definitely trust the people she must depend on in her fab new role? But Robin has her girls. And her girls have got her. Together they can handle any crisis. Can't they?
403 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0701176016
Hardback:Nature cure:2005
Author: Mabey, Richard, 1941-
Year 2005
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Richard Mabey's descent into clinical depression was so annihilating that he could neither work nor play, nor sustain relationships with family or friends. He was drinking too much, taking too many pills - and worst of all had lost pleasure in the outside world. This remarkable work charts his gradual return to joyfulness. Includes bibliographical references
[vii], 232 p. ; 23 cm (hbk)
0349141312
Paperback:Girls on fire:2017
Author: Wasserman, Robin
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Abacus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Harper, 2016 Hannah Dexter is a nobody, ridiculed at school by golden girl Nikki Drummond and bored at home. But in their junior year of high school, Nikki's boyfriend walks into the woods and shoots himself. In the wake of the suicide, Hannah finds herself befriending new girl Lacey and soon the pair are inseparable, bonded by their shared hatred of Nikki. Lacey transforms good girl Hannah into Dex, a Doc Marten and Kurt Cobain fan, who is up for any challenge Lacey throws at her. The two girls bring their combined wills to bear on the community in which they live; unconcerned by the mounting discomfort that their lust for chaos and rebellion causes the inhabitants of their parochial small town, they think they are invulnerable. But Lacey has a secret, about life before her better half, and it's a secret that will change everything.
420 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0718189000
Hardback:You were gone:2018
Author: Weaver, Tim, 1977-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Three days after Christmas, a woman walks into a police station. She has no phone and no ID, just a piece of paper with the name of missing persons investigator David Raker on it. She tells officers that Raker is her husband. When he turns up at the station, Raker is stunned. The woman looks exactly like his wife. She knows all about their marriage, their history, even private conversations the two of them had. There's just one problem: Raker's wife has been dead for eight years. The woman tells the police that Raker had a breakdown. A respected doctor backs up her account. Items are missing that prove Raker's side of the story - and, worst of all, he soon becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. Could Raker have imagined their whole marriage? Hunted by the police, Raker will have to find out the truth before it costs him everything - his memories, his sanity, his life.
489 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1602862648
Hardback:Finding me, a decade of darkness, a life reclaimed:2014
Author: Knight, Michelle
Author: Burford, Michelle
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Weinstein Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Michelle Knight, the first of the three women abducted by notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, recounts the full story of her years in captivity, her escape, and the powerful inner strength and capacity for hope that has helped her rebuild her life.
272 pages, illustrations (hbk)
0571313868
Paperback:The doll funeral:2018
Author: Hamer, Kate
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017 My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They're not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. I'm supposed to say that the bruises on my arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs. But there are things I won't say. I won't tell them I'm going to hunt for my real parents. I don't say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw on the way to bed. I did tell Mick that I saw the woman in the buttercup dress, hanging upside down from her seat belt deep in the forest at the back of our house. I told him I saw death crawl out of her. He said he'd give me a medal for lying. I wasn't lying. I'm a hunter for lost souls and I'm going to be with my real family. And I'm not going to let Mick stop me.
360 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
057130222X
Paperback:The kind worth killing:2015
Author: Swanson, Peter, 1968-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched - but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it? Back in Boston, Ted's wife Miranda is bus. Originally published: New York: William Morrow Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched - but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it? Back in Boston, Ted's wife Miranda is busy site managing the construction of their dream home, a beautiful house out on the Maine coastline. But what secrets is she carrying and to what lengths might she go to protect the vision she has of her deserved future?
415 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
009959823X
Paperback:The woman in cabin 10:2017
Author: Ware, Ruth
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Harvill Secker, 2016 This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse, and to work out what she wants from her relationship. Except things don't go as planned. Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat. Exhausted, emotional and increasingly desperate, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a terrible mistake. Or she is trapped on a boat with a murderer - and she is the sole witness.
vii, 344 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0752883151
Paperback:Bad luck:2017:[New edition]
Author: Barclay, Linwood
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New edition]
Publisher: Orion Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: published as Lone wolf. New York: Bantam Books, 2006 Journalist, family man, and paranoid writer Zack Walker visits his father's lakeside fishing camp. But the fresh air, childhood memories and peaceful contemplation are ruined when a body is found. Locals say the mutilated corpse must have been the victim of a random bear attack. But Zack Walker, as always, fears the worst. When another body is discovered, it seems there is a more deadly predator on the prowl. A lone wolf killer who is hell-bent on laying siege to the idyllic town. The fuse is lit and time is running out. Zack must face down a madman - or find out first-hand what the grand finale is.
392 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0752883143
Paperback:Bad guys:2017:[New edition]
Author: Barclay, Linwood
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New edition]
Publisher: Orion Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: New York: Bantam Books, 2005 Zack Walker is back, and much to his family's relief, the work-at-home science-fiction writer has left the house to take a job as a features writer for the city paper. But now that Zack's incessant plotting can no longer be hatched from the comforts of his own home, he must be ever more vigilant to outwit the evil at large, whether in the suburbs, the city, or his own imagination. Zack is ready - or so he thinks. While researching his first feature article, Zack stumbles upon a real-life crime scene, but what seems like an ordinary hit-and-run may actually be a homicide linked to a gang that's been burglarizing Crandall's high-end shops.
369 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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1409177068
Paperback:Sold to be a wife, only a determined foster carer can stop a terrified girl from becoming a child bride:2018
Author: Hartley, Maggie
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Trapeze
Resource type: Physical
Note: Description based on CIP data; resource not viewed. 14-year-old Shazia has been taken into care after a conversation at school leads her teacher to suspect that the teenager's family are planning to send her to Pakistan for an arranged marriage. To her family's fury, Shazia is sent to live with foster carer Maggie Hartley whilst social services investigate. But with Shazia denying everything and social services unable to find any evidence to support the teacher's fears, Shazia is allowed to return home. But a few weeks later, Maggie is woken up in the middle of the night by a phone call from a terrified Shazia, who has managed to escape the family home through a window. Sobbing, she confesses to Maggie that her parents are planning to send her to Pakistan to be married in a few days, and have threatened to kill her if she speaks out again. Returned to Maggie's care, Shazia is petrified that her parents will track her down and kill her.
236 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1409177025
Paperback:Battered, broken, healed, a mother separated from her daughter - only a painful truth can bring them back together:2018
Author: Hartley, Maggie
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Trapeze
Resource type: Physical
Note: When six-week-old Jasmine is placed with foster carer Maggie Hartley, Maggie is delighted to have a baby in the house again. Jasmine has been taken into care over fears for her safety after the police are called to the family's home several times following her birth. Her mother Hailey vehemently denies that anything is wrong, however, and social services allow her to have daily supervised visits with Jasmine. Baby Jasmine is a joy to be around, but Maggie suspects that all is not quite as it seems with her mum. Timid and extremely quiet, Maggie struggles to draw Hailey out of her shell and fears that she may be suffering with postnatal depression. Then one day Hailey arrives for the contact session with her hair streaked with blood and her body covered in bruises. Breaking down, a terrified Hailey admits that she is being abused by her violent husband, and is too afraid to leave him.
273 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1409177092
Paperback:Denied a mummy, the heartbreaking story of three little children searching for someone to love them.:2018
Author: Hartley, Maggie
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Trapeze
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Maggie's latest placement arrives on her doorstep, the three young siblings have clearly been through unspeakable traumas in their short lives. Violent, malnourished and showing signs of sexualised behaviour, the two brothers and their big sister have been left to fend for themselves by their drug-addicted parents. Maggie must use all of her skills and experience as a foster carer to help these damaged siblings to learn to be children again. With much love, care and patience, their behaviour gradually starts to improve and social services start looking for a forever family for them. But alarm bells start to ring when Maggie meets the couple who have been matched to adopt the siblings. It is clear that they're looking for the perfect, ready-made family, and they're not going to get that with these vulnerable brothers and sister.
252 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0857525883
Hardback:Transcription:2018
Author: Atkinson, Kate
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: In 1940, 18-year old Juliet Armstrong is reluctantly recruited into the world of espionage. Sent to an obscure department of MI5 tasked with monitoring the comings and goings of British Fascist sympathisers, she discovers the work to be by turns both tedious and terrifying. But after the war has ended, she presumes the events of those years have been relegated to the past for ever. Ten years later, now a producer at the BBC, Juliet is unexpectedly confronted by figures from her past. A different war is being fought now, on a different battleground, but Juliet finds herself once more under threat. A bill of reckoning is due, and she finally begins to realise that there is no action without consequence.
336 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1782115080
Hardback:Reasons to stay alive:2015
Author: Haig, Matt, 1975-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, 'Reasons to Stay Alive' is more than a memoir. I. Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again. A moving, funny and joyous exploration of how to live better, love better and feel more alive, 'Reasons to Stay Alive' is more than a memoir. It is a book about making the most of your time on earth.
264 pages ; 19 cm (hbk)
1471285669
DAISY:The seven sisters:2015:Unabridged
Author: Riley, Lucinda
Author: Lucienne, Emily
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: DAISY
Edition: Unabridged
Publisher: Clipper Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Maia D'Apliese and her five sisters gather together at their childhood home, 'Atlantis' - a fabulous, secluded castle situated on the shores of Lake Geneva - having been told that their beloved father, the elusive billionaire they call Pa Salt, has died. Maia and her sisters were all adopted by him as babies and, discovering he has already been buried at sea, each of them is handed a tantalising clue to their true heritage - a clue which takes Maia across the world to a crumbling mansion in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. Once there, she begins to put together the pieces of where her story began.
16. - CDs : digital, stereo(18 hours, 30 minutes)
1846688191
Paperback:I hear the sirens in the street:2014
Author: McKinty, Adrian
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2013 Sean Duffy knows there's no such thing as a perfect crime. But a torso in a suitcase is pretty close. Still, one tiny clue is all it takes, and there it is. A tattoo. So Duffy, fully fit and back at work after the severe trauma of his last case, is ready to follow the trail of blood - however faint - that always connects a body to its killer.
334 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
140889890X
Paperback:Kid Normal and the shadow machine:2019
Author: James, Greg, (Radio personality)
Author: Smith, Chris, (Radio personality)
Author: Salcedo, Erica, 1983-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: The third book in the Kid Normal series After a dramatic jailbreak at a top secret prison, the planet's most dangerous supervillains are on the loose! Luckily Murph Cooper and the Super Zeroes are on hand to chase them down. But though they manage to bring in a whole host of baddies, they can't find their nemesis Magpie anywhere. Little do they know that he is close by, and he's linked up with another old enemy. The super smarmy Nicholas Knox is back! Together, they've developed a dastardly machine that can give people superpowers! In the wrong hands it has the potential to bring about the end of the world of Heroes as we know it - and it just happens to be in the wrongest hands of all!
379 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)