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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 evidence against you:2019
Author: McAllister, Gillian
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: It's the day her father will be released from jail. Izzy English has every reason to feel conflicted - he's the man who gave her a childhood filled with happy memories. But he has also just served seventeen years for the murder of her mother. Now, Izzy's father sends her a letter. He wants to talk, to defend himself against each piece of evidence from his trial. But should she give him the benefit of the doubt? Or is her father guilty as charged, and luring her into a trap?
437 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1471173607
Hardback:Happy old me, how to live a long life and really enjoy it:2019
Author: Davies, Hunter, 1936-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Illustrations on lining papers On 8th February 2016, Margaret Forster lost her life to cancer of the spine. The days that followed for her husband, Hunter Davies, were carried out on autopilot: arrangements to be made, family and friends to be contacted. But how do you cope after you have lost your loved one? How do you carry on? As Hunter navigates what it means to be alone again after 55 years of marriage, coping with bereavement and being elderly, he shares his wisdom and lessons he has learnt living alone again. Revealing his emotional journey over the course of one year, as well as the often ignored practical implications of becoming widowed, he learns that, ultimately, bricks and mortar may change but the memories will remain. 'Happy Old Me' is a fitting, heart-felt tribute to the love of his life and a surprisingly amusing and informative book about an age, and stage in life, which we might all reach someday.
xi, 291 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
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)
1785944045
Paperback:Gentleman Jack, the real Anne Lister:2019
Author: Choma, Anne
Author: Merz, Stella
Author: Lister, Anne, 1791-1840
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: BBC Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: TV tie-in Meet Anne Lister, the 19th Century landowner, industrialist, explorer, and lesbian, and your new feminist icon. This book is a remarkable and unlikely love story, set in the complex, changing world of Halifax - the cradle of the industrial revolution. These real-life historical diaries explore Anne's relationships at home with her family, her servants, her tenants, and her industrial rivals and are the inspiration for a BBC One series starring Suranne Jones.
xxxiv, 327 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0751572306
Hardback:The stalker:2019
Author: Gray, Alex
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Detective Superintendent William Lorimer's wife, Maggie, publishes her first book, he is thrilled for her. But joy soon turns to fear when a mysterious stranger starts following Maggie on her publicity tour. Meanwhile Lorimer and the MIT are on the search for the murderer of two young women, but can Lorimer catch the killer and track down Maggie's stalker at the same time?
371 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
151008066X
Large print:The house on Cold Hill:2017:Large print edition
Author: James, Peter, 1948-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition
Publisher: Clipper Large Print Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Macmillan, 2015 Moving from the heart of Brighton and Hove to the Sussex countryside is a big undertaking for born townies, Ollie Harcourt, his wife, Caro, and their 12-year-old daughter, Jade. But when they view Cold Hill House - a huge, dilapidated, Georgian mansion - they are filled with excitement. Despite the financial strain of the move, Ollie has dreamed of living in the country since he was a child. Caro is less certain, and Jade is grumpy about being removed from all her friends. But within days of moving in, it soon becomes apparent that the Harcourt family aren't the only residents in the house.
558 pages (large print) (pbk)
1472228383
Paperback:The one-in-a-million boy:2017
Author: Wood, Monica
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline Review
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2016 Miss Ona Vitkus has - aside from three months in the summer of 1914 - lived unobtrusively, her secrets fiercely protected. The boy, with his passion for world records, changes all that. He is 11. She is 104 years, 133 days old (they are counting). And he makes her feel like she might be really special after all. Better late than never - only it's been two weeks now since he last visited, and she's starting to think he's not so different from all the rest. Then the boy's father comes, for some reason determined to finish his son's good deed. And Ona must show this new stranger that not only are there odd jobs to be done, but a life's ambition to complete.
406 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0349010188
Hardback:A woman of no importance, the untold story of WWII's most dangerous spy, Virginia Hall:2019
Author: Purnell, Sonia
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: The incredible untold story of Virginia Hall, an American woman with a wooden leg who infiltrated Occupied France for the SOE and became the Gestapo's most wanted Allied spy, written by acclaimed biographer Sonia Purnell.
399 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white), map (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1473676398
Paperback:Outsider:2019
Author: King, Stephen, 1947-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2018 When an 11-year-old boy is found murdered, forensic evidence and reliable eyewitnesses undeniably point to the town's popular Little League coach. But the jailed suspect, arrested in a public spectacle, has an alibi, and further research convinces Detective Ralph Anderson that the coach was indeed out of town. So how can he have been in two places at the same time?
475 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408890046
Paperback:Circe:2019
Author: Miller, Madeline
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018 In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe has neither the look nor the voice of divinity, and is scorned and rejected by her kin. Increasingly isolated, she turns to mortals for companionship, leading her to discover a power forbidden to the gods: witchcraft. When love drives Circe to cast a dark spell, wrathful Zeus banishes her to the remote island of Aiaia. There she learns to harness her occult craft, drawing strength from nature. But she will not always be alone; many are destined to pass through Circe's place of exile, entwining their fates with hers. The messenger god, Hermes. The craftsman, Daedalus. A ship bearing a golden fleece. And wily Odysseus, on his epic voyage home.
336 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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Paperback:Into the water:2018
Author: Hawkins, Paula
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2017 In the last days before her death, Nel called her sister. Jules didn't pick up the phone, ignoring her plea for help. Now Nel is dead. They say she jumped. And Jules has been dragged back to the one place she hoped she had escaped for good, to care for the teenage girl her sister left behind. But Jules is afraid. So afraid. Of her long-buried memories, of the old Mill House, of knowing that Nel would never have jumped. And most of all she's afraid of the water, and the place they call the Drowning Pool.
426 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241379504
Hardback:The wych elm:2019
Author: French, Tana
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Viking, 2018 'For me it all goes back to that night, the dark corroded hinge between before and after, the slipped-in sheet of trick glass that tints everything on one side in its own murky colours and leaves everything on the other luminous and untouchable.' One night changes everything for Toby. He's always led a charmed life - until a brutal attack leaves him damaged and traumatised, unsure even of the person he used to be. He seeks refuge at his family's ancestral home, the Ivy House, filled with memories of wild-strawberry summers and teenage parties with his cousins. But not long after Toby's arrival, a discovery is made: a skull, tucked neatly inside the old wych elm in the garden. As detectives begin to close in, Toby is forced to examine everything he thought he knew about his family, his past, and himself.
513 pages ; 21 cm (hbk)
1471173569
Hardback:The dreamers:2019
Author: Walker, Karen Thompson
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Scribner
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Random House One night in an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a first-year student stumbles into her room and falls asleep. She sleeps through the morning, into the evening. Her roommate cannot rouse her. Neither can the paramedics, nor the perplexed doctors at the hospital. When a second girl falls asleep, and then a third, panic takes hold of the college and spreads to the town. A young couple tries to protect their newborn baby as the once-quiet streets descend into chaos. Two sisters turn to each other for comfort as their survivalist father prepares for disaster.
303 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
0857053094
Hardback:The truth about the Harry Quebert affair:2014
Author: Dicker, Joel, 1985-
Author: Taylor, Sam, 1970-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: MacLehose Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the French August 30, 1975. The day of the disappearance. The day a small New Hampshire town lost its innocence. That summer Harry Quebert fell in love with 15-year-old Nola Kellergan. 33 years later, her body is dug up from his yard along with a manuscript copy of his career-defining novel. Quebert is the only suspect. Marcus Goldman - Quebert's most gifted protege - throws off his writer's block to save his mentor from the electric chair. Solving the case and penning a new bestseller soon blur together. As his book begins to take on a life of its own, the nation is gripped by the mystery of 'The Girl Who Touched the Heart of America'. But with Nola, in death as in life, nothing is ever as it seems.
688 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0751561460
Paperback:Return to the little coffee shop of Kabul:2016
Author: Rodriguez, Deborah
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: In a little coffee shop in war-torn Kabul, five very different women unite for one important cause: to protect the women in Afghanistan. Together, these five women set out to change their lives, and the lives of women in Afghanistan, for ever.
306 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1409152235
Paperback:The peacock summer:2019
Author: Richell, Hannah
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018 At 26, Lillian feels trapped by life. Her marriage to Charles Oberon has not turned out the way she expected it would. To her it seems she is just another object captured within the walls of Cloudesley, her husband's beautiful manor house tucked away high in the Chiltern Hills. But, with a young step-son and a sister to care for, Lillian accepts there is no way out for her. Then Charles makes an arrangement with an enigmatic artist visiting their home and his presence will unbalance everything she thought she knew and understood. Maggie Oberon ran from the hurt and resentment she caused. Half a world away, in Australia, it was easier to forget, to pretend she didn't care. But when her elderly grandmother, Lillian, falls ill she must head back to Cloudesley.
401 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1529014980
Hardback:The butterfly room:2019
Author: Riley, Lucinda
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Macmillan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Posy Montague is approaching her 70th birthday. Still living in her beautiful family home, Admiral House, set in the glorious Suffolk countryside where she spent her own idyllic childhood catching butterflies with her beloved father, and raised her own children, Posy knows she must make an agonising decision. Despite the memories the house holds, and the exquisite garden she has spent 25 years creating, the house is crumbling around her, and Posy knows the time has come to sell it. Then a face appears from the past - Freddie, her first love, who abandoned her and left her heartbroken 50 years ago. Already struggling to cope with her son Sam's inept business dealings, and the sudden reappearance of her younger son Nick after ten years in Australia, Posy is reluctant to trust in Freddie's renewed affection. And unbeknown to Posy, Freddie - and Admiral House - have a devastating secret to reveal.
627 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)