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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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1780899203
Hardback:The family upstairs:2019
Author: Jewell, Lisa
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Century
Resource type: Physical
Note: In a large house in London's fashionable Chelsea, a baby is awake in her cot. Well-fed and cared for, she is happily waiting for someone to pick her up. In the kitchen lie three decomposing corpses. Close to them is a hastily scrawled note. They've been dead for several days. Who has been looking after the baby? And where did they go? Two entangled families. A house with the darkest of secrets.
449 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1784751855
Paperback:Munich:2018
Author: Harris, Robert, 1957-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017 Set over four days against the backdrop of the Munich Conference of September 1938, this book follows the fortunes of two men who were friends at Oxford together in the 1920s. Hugh Legat is a rising star of the British diplomatic service, serving in 10 Downing Street as a private secretary to the Prime Minister, Neville Chamberlain. Paul von Hartmann is on the staff of the German Foreign Office - and secretly a member of the anti-Hitler resistance. They have not been in contact for more than a decade. But when Hugh flies with Chamberlain from London to Munich, and Paul travels on Hitler's train overnight from Berlin, their paths are set on a collision course - with dramatic results.
434 pages, illustration (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1845283414
Paperback:How to write essays, a step-by-step guide for all levels, with sample essays:2009:Rev. and updated 2nd ed
Author: Shiach, Don
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Rev. and updated 2nd ed
Publisher: How To Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous ed.: 2007. With expert advice and practical guidance from an experienced author, this title helps students to dramatically improve their grade assessments by putting into practice some simple, but invaluable principles of essay writing. Previous ed.: 2007 Includes index.
xi, 163 p., ill. ; 24 cm (pbk)
1786331373
Hardback:The second sleep:2019
Author: Harris, Robert, 1957-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hutchinson
Resource type: Physical
Note: 1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts - coins, fragments of glass, human bones - which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes - about himself, his faith and the history of his world - is tested to destruction.
327 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
148934201X
DAISY:My Italian bulldozer:2016
Author: McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
Author: Ackroyd, Timothy, 1958-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: DAISY
Publisher: Bolinda Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: A story of unexpected circumstance and lesson in making the best of what you have, 'My Italian Bulldozer' is a warm holiday read guaranteed to put a smile on your face.
6 CDs (6 hr., 47 min.) : digital, stereo (CDs)
1409150720
Paperback:Red queen:2015
Author: Aveyard, Victoria
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is a world divided by blood - red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people sh. This is a world divided by blood - red or silver. The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change. That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own - one that threatens to destroy the balance of power.
388 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408878682
Hardback:Lost connections, uncovering the real causes of depression - and the unexpected solutions:2018
Author: Hari, Johann
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
Resource type: Physical
Note: What really causes depression and anxiety - and how can we really solve them? Award-winning journalist Johann Hari suffered from depression since he was a child and started taking anti-depressants when he was a teenager. He was told that his problems were caused by a chemical imbalance in his brain. As an adult, trained in the social sciences, he began to investigate whether this was true - and he learned that almost everything we have been told about depression and anxiety is wrong. Across the world, Hari found social scientists who were uncovering evidence that depression and anxiety are not caused by a chemical imbalance in our brains. In fact, they are largely caused by key problems with the way we live today. Once he had uncovered nine real causes of depression and anxiety, they led him to scientists who are discovering seven very different solutions - ones that work.
321 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
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)
0593077385
Hardback:The couple next door:2016
Author: Lapena, Shari, 1960-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine, after all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked o. Your neighbour told you that she didn't want your six-month-old daughter at the dinner party. Nothing personal, she just couldn't stand her crying. Your husband said it would be fine, after all, you only live next door. You'll have the baby monitor and you'll take it in turns to go back every half hour. Your daughter was sleeping when you checked on her last. But now, as you race up the stairs in your deathly quiet house, your worst fears are realised. She's gone. You've never had to call the police before, but now they're in your home, and who knows what they'll find there. What would you be capable of, when pushed past your limit?
303 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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0099586452
Paperback:Behind closed doors:2015
Author: Lewis, Susan, 1956-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: When 14-year-old Sophie Monroe suddenly vanishes one night it looks at first as though she's run away from home. Her computer and mobile phone have gone, and she's taken a bag full of clothes. However, as the police investigation unfolds a wealth of secrets from the surrounding community start coming to light. For Detective Sergeant Andrea Lawrence. Originally published: London: Century, 2014 When 14-year-old Sophie Monroe suddenly vanishes one night it looks at first as though she's run away from home. Her computer and mobile phone have gone, and she's taken a bag full of clothes. However, as the police investigation unfolds a wealth of secrets from the surrounding community start coming to light. For Detective Sergeant Andrea Lawrence, the case is a painful reminder of the tragedy that tore her family apart over 20 years ago.
378 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0099575957
Paperback:The comforts of home:2019
Author: Hill, Susan, 1942-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Chatto & Windus, 2018 DC Simon Serrailler's last, devastating case was nearly the death of him and left him confronting a new reality. Recovering on a remote Scottish island, his peace doesn't last long. He is pulled in to a murder inquiry by the overstretched local police. A newcomer, popular with the islanders, has died in perplexing circumstances. It's good to be back on the job but it's when Simon returns to Lafferton that things start to get complicated.
373 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1473630886
Hardback:One special village:2018
Author: Jacobs, Anna
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: Lancashire, 1932. Widower Harry Makepeace lives in Manchester with his sickly daughter Cathie, scrimping and saving to get by. But after she suffers a violent asthma attack, the doctors say she must move to the fresh air of the countryside. When Harry chances upon a patch of land for sale in Ellindale, and an advert for a disused railway carriage that can be made into a home, he snaps both up quickly. Harry swiftly becomes part of the community in Ellindale, making friends with the locals, and soon finds himself attracted to Nina. Finally, he's found somewhere he and Cathie can build a new home. But their problems are far from over. Times are hard in Ellindale - Harry is not the only one struggling to find work. Then there's his old boss, who will stop at nothing to punish him for daring to leave. And Harry's already made an enemy in Ellindale - someone who could make his life very difficult indeed.
vi, 358 pages, 1 unnumbered page of plates, illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0340977604
Hardback:Faithful place:2010
Author: French, Tana
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: The course of Frank Mackey's life was set by one defining moment when he was 19. The moment his girlfriend, Rosie Daly, failed to turn up for their rendezvous & failed to run away with him as they had planned. Frank never heard from her again. Twenty years on, Frank's still in Dublin, working as an undercover cop. But what happened to Rosie? A compelling, edgy psychological mystery from one of the most exciting new thriller voices and the acclaimed author of IN THE WOODS 'Every holiday needs a good crime novel and French's skilful thrillers are tailor-made to terrify' -- Guardian 'Even more gripping than her last two. A truly amazing novel - so brilliant on dysfunctional family dynamics, with characters so real that you can hardly believe someone's made them up.' -- Sophie Hannah 'A gripping, literate thriller laced with black humour' -- Irish Times 'Gripping. Tana French's third novel hooks the reader from the outset; the characters are masterfully drawn, and the author's ear for Dublin dialogue is pitch-perfect.' -- Irish Independent 'The first thing that Ms. French does so well in "Faithful Place" is to inhabit fully a scrappy, shrewd, privately heartbroken middle-aged man. The second is to capture the Mackey family's long-brewing resentments in a way that's utterly realistic on many levels. Sibling rivalries, class conflicts, old grudges, adolescent flirtations and memories of childhood violence are all deftly embedded in this novel, as is
434 p. ; 24 cm (hbk)
1409174980
Paperback:To catch a killer:2019
Author: Kavanagh, Emma
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion
Resource type: Physical
Note: I've been watching you DS Alice Parr. I saw you trying to save the poor young woman you found in the park. The woman I tried to kill. I've been waiting for you to find her family. To find someone who cares about her. But you can't can you? You've never had a case like this. I know everything about you. You know nothing about me. Even though I'm the man you're looking for. And you will never catch me.
409 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1444838016
Large print:The late show:2018:Large print edition
Author: Connelly, Michael, 1956-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition
Publisher: Charnwood
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard edition originally published: London: Orion Books, 2017 Los Angeles can be a dangerous city - never more so than in the dead of night. Detective Renee Ballard, once one of the department's young hotshots, now works 'The Late Show', the notorious graveyard shift at the LAPD. It's a thankless job keeping strange hours in a twilight world of tragedy and violence, handing over her investigations as the sun rises, never getting closure. Some nights are worse than others. And tonight is the worst yet. Two cases: a brutal assault, and a multiple murder with no suspect. Ballard knows it is always darkest before dawn. But what she doesn't know is how deep her dual investigation will take her into the dark heart of her city, her department and her past.
448 pages (large print) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1407154184
Paperback:The subtle knife:2015:20th anniversary edition
Author: Pullman, Philip, 1946-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: 20th anniversary edition
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 1997 Will has just killed a man. He's on the run. His escape will take him far beyond his own world, to the eerie disquiet of a deserted city, and to a girl, Lyra. Her fate is strangely linked to his own, and together they must find the most powerful weapon in all the worlds.
325 pages, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
000824409X
Paperback:I was born for this:2018
Author: Oseman, Alice
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: For Angel Ahmadi, life is only about one thing: The Ark - a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark's fandom has given her everything - her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world. Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. He's their frontman - and playing in a band is all he's ever dreamed of doing. It's just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare. Because that's the problem with dreaming - eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.
394 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)