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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:The cactus:2018
Author: Haywood, Sarah
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Two Roads
Resource type: Physical
Note: People aren't sure what to make of Susan Green - family and colleagues find her prickly and hard to understand, but Susan makes perfect sense to herself. At 45, she thinks her life is perfect, as long as she avoids her feckless brother, Edward. She has a London flat which is ideal for one; a job that suits her passion for logic; and a personal arrangement providing cultural and other, more intimate, benefits. Yet suddenly faced with the loss of her mother and, implausibly, with the possibility of becoming a mother herself, Susan's greatest fear is being realised: she is losing control. When she discovers that her mother's will inexplicably favours her brother, Susan sets out to prove that Edward and his equally feckless friend Rob somehow coerced this dubious outcome. But when problems closer to home become increasingly hard to ignore, she finds help in the most unlikely of places.
371 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1405934603
Paperback:No further questions:2018
Author: McAllister, Gillian
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: The police say she's guilty. She insists she's innocent. She's your sister. You loved her. You trusted her. But they say she killed the person you care about most. Martha last saw her sister when she left her babysitting. Now, she's watching Becky stand trial for murder. They are on opposite sides of the courtroom, hearing evidence that's meant to finally bring the truth to light. What happened that night? And does Martha really want to know?
415 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0751562823
Hardback:The other wife:2018
Author: Robotham, Michael, 1960-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: Childhood sweethearts William and Mary have been married for 60 years. William is a celebrated surgeon, Mary a devoted wife. Both have a strong sense of right and wrong. This is what their son, Joe O'Loughlin, has always believed. But when Joe is summoned to the hospital with news that his father has been brutally attacked, his world is turned upside down. Who is the strange woman crying at William's bedside, covered in his blood - a friend, a mistress, a fantasist or a killer? Against the advice of the police, Joe launches his own investigation. As he learns more, he discovers sides to his father he never knew - and is forcibly reminded that the truth comes at a price.
viii, 384 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0241957478
Paperback:The aftermath:2014
Author: Brook, Rhidian
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Hamburg, 1946. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city, Colonel Lewis Morgan is requisitioned a house, where he will be joined by his wife, Rachael, and son, Edmund. But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his daughter, to leave their home, he insists that the two families live together. Originally published: L. Originally published: London: Viking, 2013 Hamburg, 1946. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city, Colonel Lewis Morgan is requisitioned a house, where he will be joined by his wife, Rachael, and son, Edmund. But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his daughter, to leave their home, he insists that the two families live together.
326 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1444837990
Large print:Last seen:2018:Large print edition
Author: Clarke, Lucy, 1981-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition
Publisher: Charnwood
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Harper, 2017 Seven years ago, two boys went missing at sea - and only one was brought to shore. The Sandbank, a remote stretch of coast dotted with beach huts, was scarred forever. Sarah's son survived, but on the anniversary of the accident, he disappears without trace. As new secrets begin to surface, the Sandbank hums with tension and unanswered questions. Sarah's search grows more desperate and she starts to mistrust everyone she knows - and she's right to. Someone saw everything on that fateful day. And they'll do anything to keep the truth buried.
472 pages (large print) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1849019819
Paperback:The Auschwitz violin:2011:New pbk. ed.
Author: Anglada, Maria Angels, 1930-1999
Author: Anglada, Maria Angels, 1930-1999
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Corsair
Resource type: Physical
Note: This translation originally published as The violin of Auschwitz. New York: Bantam; as The Auschwitz violin. London: Bantam, 2010 Imprisoned at Auschwitz, Daniel feels his humanity slipping away. Then a visit from a mysterious stranger changes everything, as Daniel's former identity as a crafter of fine violins is revealed to all. Interspersed with chilling Nazi documentation, this novel is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. This translation originally published: New York: Bantam; London: Corsair, 2010. Translated from the Catalan
128 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
095662037X
Paperback:New York Night
Author: Leather, Stephen
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Publisher Unknown
Resource type: Physical
0330458558
Paperback:The personal history of Rachel DuPree:2009:New pbk. ed.
Author: Weisgarber, Ann
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Pan
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'The Personal History of Rachel Dupree' is a a novel about family and motherhood, homeland and belonging, and a woman's courage in the face of the most punishing adversity. Originally published: Basingstoke: Macmillan New Writing, 2008
307 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241295939
Hardback:Love is blind, the rapture of Brodie Moncur:2018
Author: Boyd, William, 1952-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Love is Blind' is William Boyd's sweeping, heart-stopping new novel - set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life. When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future - and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum. Moving from Paris to St Petersburg to Edinburgh and back again, Brodie's love for Lika and its dangerous consequences pursue him around Europe and beyond, during an era of overwhelming change as the 19th century becomes the 20th.
370 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:Magicians of the gods, the forgotten wisdom of earth's lost civilisation:2015
Author: Hancock, Graham
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Coronet
Resource type: Physical
Note: Graham Hancock's bestseller 'Fingerprints of the Gods' remains an astonishing, deeply controversial, wide-ranging investigation of the mysteries of our past and the evidence for Earth's lost civilisation. Twenty years on, Hancock returns with the sequel to his seminal work filled with completely new, scientific and archaeological evidence, which has only recently come to light.
x, 509 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1526602148
Hardback:The Flower Girls:2019
Author: Clark-Platts, Alice, 1976-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Raven Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: The Flower Girls. Laurel and Primrose. One convicted of murder, the other given a new identity. Now, 19 years later, another child has gone missing. And the Flower Girls are about to hit the headlines all over again.
331 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1405206276
Paperback:The Adventures of Tintin, Destination Moon:2002:New.
Author: Hergé,
Author: Lonsdale-Cooper, Leslie
Author: Turner, Michael
Year 2002
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New.
Publisher: Egmont Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: This translation originally published: London : Methuen, 1959. - Translation of: 'Objectif lune'. Paris : Casterman, 1958 Tintin and friends prepare to go to the Moon. This translation originally published: London : Methuen, 1959. - Translation of: 'Objectif lune'. Paris : Casterman, 1958. Primary Young people.
62 p., col. ill ; 30cm (pbk)
1509805095
Hardback:Wilding, the return of nature to a British farm:2018
Author: Tree, Isabella, 1964-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Wilding' tells the story of a remarkable experiment: the rewilding of the Knepp Estate in West Sussex, the restoration of natural ecological processes, and the stunning recovery of flora and fauna.
xviii, 362 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour), map (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1119235553
Paperback:Java:[2017]:7th edition
Author: Burd, Barry
Year [2017]
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: 7th edition
Publisher: For Dummies
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: 2014 If you want to learn to speak the world's most popular programming language like a native, this is your ideal companion. With a focus on reusing existing code, it quickly and easily shows you how to create basic Java objects, work with Java classes and methods, understand the value of variables, learn to control program flow with loops or decision-making statements and so much more!
xii, 488 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm (pbk)
0007230206
Paperback:Wolf Hall:2010:New pbk. ed.
Author: Mantel, Hilary, 1952-
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2009 England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey's clerk, and later his successor.
xxiii, 653 p., ill. ; 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)
1474940668
Paperback:The house with chicken legs:2018
Author: Anderson, Sophie
Author: Paganelli, Elisa, 1985-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Usborne
Resource type: Physical
Note: Marinka dreams of a normal life, where her house stays somewhere long enough for her to make friends. But her house has chicken legs and moves on without warning. The only people Marinka meets are dead; they disappear when her grandmother, Baba Yaga, guides them through The Gate. Marinka wants to change her destiny, but her house has other ideas.
336 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)