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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 boy who followed his father into Auschwitz:2019
Author: Dronfield, Jeremy
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: UK: Michael Joseph The inspiring, true story of a father and son's fight to stay together and to survive the Holocaust. In 1939, Gustav Kleinmann, a Jewish upholsterer in Vienna, was seized by the Nazis. Along with his teenage son Fritz, he was sent to Buchenwald in Germany. There began an unimaginable ordeal that saw the pair beaten, starved and forced to build the very concentration camp they were held in. When Gustav was set to be transferred to Auschwitz, a certain death sentence, Fritz refused to leave his side. Throughout the horrors they witnessed and the suffering they endured, there was one constant that kept them alive: the love between father and son. Based on Gustav's secret diary and meticulous archive research, this book tells his and Fritz's story for the first time - a story of courage and survival unparalleled in the history of the Holocaust.
xv, 415 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0751567078
Paperback:Listening in, stories:2019
Author: Eclair, Jenny
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Short story
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017 In this addictive short story collection, twenty very different women reach a pivotal moment in their lives. A widow is liberated by a new job, but keeps it secret from her family. A date in suburbia has dramatic results. A seamstress takes revenge on an unsuspecting customer, while in France, a mother is promised 'fantastic news' - and lets her imagination run away with her. With each story, Jenny Eclair introduces a fascinating new character. And behind each woman lies a gripping tale - of betrayal, of love, of hope and defiance. Funny, heart-breaking, inspiring - and packed with wicked one liners - this wonderful collection shows Jenny Eclair's exceptional talent for observation at its very best.
246 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1471167186
Hardback:Something in the water:2018
Author: Steadman, Catherine
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water. Suddenly the newlyweds must make a dangerous choice: to speak out or to protect their secret. After all, if no one else knows, who would be hurt? Their decision will trigger a devastating chain of events.
342 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1786488523
Hardback:The perfect wife:2019
Author: Delaney, JP
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Abbie wakes in a hospital bed with no memory of how she got there. The man by her side explains that he's her husband. He's a titan of the tech world, the founder of one of Silicon Valley's most innovative startups. He tells Abbie she's a gifted artist, a doting mother to their young son, and the perfect wife. Five years ago, she suffered a terrible accident. Her return from the abyss is a miracle of science, a breakthrough in artificial intelligence that has taken him half a decade to achieve. But as Abbie pieces together memories of her marriage, she begins questioning her husband's motives - and his version of events. Can she trust him when he says he wants them to be together for ever? And what really happened to her, half a decade ago?
435 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1784742783
Hardback:The benefit of hindsight:2019
Author: Hill, Susan, 1942-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Resource type: Physical
Note: On the face of it DC Simon Serrailler has had time to recuperate after the violent incident that cost him his arm, and nearly his life. He is back in harness at Lafferton CID, but is spending his spare time high up in the cathedral roof, making drawings of some medieval angels which are being restored. Lafferton is going through a quiet patch, so far as crime is concerned, until one rainy night two local men open their front door to a couple seeking shelter. A serious error of judgment in the investigation puts Simon's reputation on the line and calls into question how full his recovery has really been. In her new role as a private GP, Simon's sister Cat's medical and counselling skills are tested by terrible and unexpected events at the homes of two very different Lafferton women.
297 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1509877576
Hardback:In his father's footsteps:2018
Author: Steel, Danielle
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Macmillan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Delacorte April, 1945. As the Americans storm the Buchenwald concentration camp, among the survivors are Jakob and Emmanuelle, barely more than teenagers. Each of them has lost everything and everyone in the unspeakable horrors of the war. But when they meet, they find hope and comfort in each other. Jakob and Emmanuelle marry, and resolve to make a new life in New York. The Steins build a happy, prosperous life for themselves and their new family, but their pasts cast a long shadow over the present. Years later, as the sixties are in full swing, their son Max is an ambitious, savvy businessman, determined to throw off the sadness that has hung over his family since his birth. But as Max's life unfolds, he must learn that there is meaning in his heritage that will help shape his future.
321 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0141377038
Paperback:The Guggenheim mystery:2018
Author: Stevens, Robin, 1988-
Author: Dowd, Siobhan
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017 My name is Ted Spark. I am 12 years and 281 days old. I have seven friends. Three months ago, I solved the mystery of how my cousin Salim disappeared from a pod on the London Eye. This is the story of my second mystery. This summer, I went on holiday to New York, to visit Aunt Gloria and Salim. While I was there, a painting was stolen from the Guggenheim Museum, where Aunt Gloria works. Everyone was very worried and upset. I did not see what the problem was. I do not see the point of paintings, even if they are worth 9.8 million. Perhaps that's because of my very unusual brain, which works on a different operating system to everyone else's. But then Aunt Gloria was blamed for the theft - and Aunt Gloria is family.
298 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1472258401
Hardback:Traitors of Rome:2019
Author: Scarrow, Simon
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Headline
Resource type: Physical
Note: AD 56. Battle-hardened veterans of the Roman army Tribune Cato and Centurion Macro are garrisoned at the eastern border, aware that their movements are constantly monitored by spies from dangerous, mysterious Parthia. But the enemy within could be the deadliest threat to the Legion - and the Empire. There's a traitor in the ranks. Rome shows no mercy to those who betray their comrades, and the Empire. But first the guilty man must be discovered. Cato and Macro are in a race against time to expose the truth, while the powerful enemy over the border waits to exploit any weaknesses in the Legion. The traitor must die.
447 pages, maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0571160565
Paperback:William Golding's Lord of the flies:1996:[Acting ed.] ; adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams
Author: Golding, William, 1911-
Author: Williams, Nigel, 1948-
Year 1996
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [Acting ed.] ; adapted for the stage by Nigel Williams
Publisher: Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Playwright and novelist Nigel Williams has adapted Golding's classic Lord of the Flies for the stage. Aimed at amateur and school groups, this special acting edition of the playtext contains notes and diagrams for staging.
xi, 130p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1785769049
Hardback:Cilka's journey:2019
Author: Morris, Heather, (Screenwriter)
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Zaffre
Resource type: Physical
Note: Her beauty saved her life - and condemned her. Cilka is just 16 years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival. After liberation, she is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to Siberia. But what choice did she have? And where did the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was sent to Auschwitz when still a child? In a Siberian prison camp, she faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she makes an impression on a woman doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing. Cilka begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.
401 pages, maps (black and white) ; 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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1784742783
Hardback:The benefit of hindsight:2019
Author: Hill, Susan, 1942-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Resource type: Physical
Note: On the face of it DC Simon Serrailler has had time to recuperate after the violent incident that cost him his arm, and nearly his life. He is back in harness at Lafferton CID, but is spending his spare time high up in the cathedral roof, making drawings of some medieval angels which are being restored. Lafferton is going through a quiet patch, so far as crime is concerned, until one rainy night two local men open their front door to a couple seeking shelter. A serious error of judgment in the investigation puts Simon's reputation on the line and calls into question how full his recovery has really been. In her new role as a private GP, Simon's sister Cat's medical and counselling skills are tested by terrible and unexpected events at the homes of two very different Lafferton women.
297 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1473664675
Paperback:The visitor:2019
Author: Miller, Zoe, 1955-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hachette Books Ireland
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018 Izzie Mallon had expected to spend Christmas with her husband Sam in their beautifully restored apartment on the top floor of a Georgian house in Henrietta Square. But when Sam dies suddenly in an accident, Izzie faces Christmas alone, shutting out her neighbours, and her family. But then her husband's long-time friend, Eli Sanders, arrives on her doorstep, his flight home to America diverted to Dublin just before the snowbound airport closed. Izzie has never met Eli in person but knows the strong bond between the two men. But as Izzie discovers more about Eli, cracks in his story begin to show. All is not as it seems but can Izzie see through her grief before it's too late? And what does Eli want from her?
393 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008297118
Hardback:The hunting party:2019
Author: Foley, Lucy, (Novelist)
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: In a remote hunting lodge, deep in the Scottish wilderness, old friends gather for New Year. The beautiful one. The golden couple. The volatile one. The new parents. The quiet one. The city boy. The outsider. The victim. Not an accident - a murder among friends.
390 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
075288364X
Paperback:The falls:2008:New pbk. ed.
Author: Rankin, Ian
Year 2008
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Orion
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2001. A student has gone missing in Edinburgh, the daughter of influential bankers. Rebus feels that this is more than another missing-persons case. When a doll is found in a coffin, along with an Internet role-playing game, his fears come true. Originally published: 2001
xiv, 479 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
000811918X
Hardback:The king's evil:2019
Author: Taylor, Andrew, 1951 October 14-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: A royal scandal that could change the face of England forever. London 1667. In the Court of Charles II, it's a dangerous time to be alive - a wrong move could lead to disgrace, exile or death. The discovery of a murder at Clarendon House, the palatial home of one of the highest courtiers in the land, could have catastrophic consequences. James Marwood, a traitor's son, is ordered to cover up the murder. But the dead man is Edward Alderley, the cousin of one of Marwood's acquaintances. Cat Lovett had every reason to want her cousin dead. Since his murder, she has vanished, and all the evidence points to her as the killer. Marwood is determined to clear Cat's name and discover who really killed Alderley. But time is running out for everyone. If he makes a mistake, it could threaten not only the government but the King himself.
452 pages, illustration (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0670918660
Hardback:Arnhem, the battle for the bridges, 1944:2018
Author: Beevor, Antony, 1946-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
Note: Maps on lining papers The British fascination with heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths. Antony Beevor, using often overlooked sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student himself called 'The Last German Victory'. Yet this work, written in Beevor's inimitable and gripping narrative style, is about much more than a single, dramatic battle. It looks into the very heart of war.
xvii, 459 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0007504144
Paperback:Fools and mortals:2018
Author: Cornwell, Bernard
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017 'Fools and Mortals' follows the young Richard Shakespeare, an actor struggling to make his way in a company dominated by his estranged older brother, William. As the growth of theatre blooms, their rivalry - and that of the playhouses, playwrights and actors vying for acclaim and glory - propels a high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal.
416 pages, illustrations (black and white), map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)