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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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Hardback:Eternal boy, the life of Kenneth Grahame:2018
Author: Dennison, Matthew
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Resource type: Physical
Note: The story of Kenneth Grahame, author of the children's classic 'Wind in the Willows', and of the vision of English pastoral that inspired it.
288 pages, illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (colour) ; 21 cm (hbk)
0552779105
Paperback:Courting trouble:2015
Author: Lette, Kathy, 1958-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Matilda has the day from hell when she's sacked from her barristers' chambers and then discovers her husband in bed with her best friend. She and her daughter escape to Matilda's mother - an exuberant lawyer whose outrageous take on men, work and family life is the despair of her more conventional daughter. Roxy comes up with a radical plan for the. Originally published: London: Bantam Press, 2014 Matilda has the day from hell when she's sacked from her barristers' chambers and then discovers her husband in bed with her best friend. She and her daughter escape to Matilda's mother - an exuberant lawyer whose outrageous take on men, work and family life is the despair of her more conventional daughter. Roxy comes up with a radical plan for their future - they'll set up a new-style law firm mainly for women.
347 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0593071352
Hardback:Best-laid plans:2017
Author: Lette, Kathy, 1958-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: As a crossword-addicted English teacher, Lucy never expected to be arrested for kerb-crawling. But her autistic 20-year-old son Merlin is desperate to lose his virginity, and a prostitute seems like the only option - only Lucy picks up an undercover policewoman instead. Let off with a suspended sentence, Lucy resigns herself to the fact that her son will never have sex, let alone find love - until the morning she miraculously discovers Merlin in bed with a girl. But is tough, tattooed Kayleigh just taking Merlin for a ride? If so, why? And what has brought Lucy's snake of an ex-husband wriggling back into their lives? As all her best laid plans for Merlin's happiness chaotically unravel, will Lucy ever be able to cut her son's psychological umbilical cord and start to live her own life?
vii, 306 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1782113312
Paperback:Mr Holmes:2015
Author: Cullin, Mitch, 1968-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Canongate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Film tie-in Originally published: as A slight trick of the mind. 2014 It is 1947, and the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, now 93, lives in a remote Sussex farmhouse with his housekeeper and her young son. He tends to his bees, writes in his journal, and grapples with the diminishing powers of his mind. But in the twilight of his life, as people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own to questions he didn't even know he was asking - about life, about love, and about the limits of the mind's ability to know.
x, 253 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1786814757
Paperback:Dying truth:2018
Author: Marsons, Angela
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bookouture
Resource type: Physical
Note: When teenager Sadie Winter jumps from the roof of her school, her death is ruled as suicide - a final devastating act from a troubled girl. But then the broken body of a young boy is discovered at the same school and it's clear to Detective Kim Stone that these deaths are not tragic accidents. As Kim and her team begin to unravel a dark web of secrets, one of the teachers could hold the key to the truth. Yet just as she is about to break her silence, she is found dead. With more children's lives at risk, Kim has to consider the unthinkable - whether a fellow pupil could be responsible for the murders. Investigating the psychology of children that kill brings the detective into contact with her former adversary, Dr Alex Thorne - the sociopath who has made it her life's work to destroy Kim. Desperate to catch the killer, Kim finds a link between
379p ; 20cm (pbk)
0718157486
Paperback:Jack and Jill:2011
Author: Cavendish, Lucy
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jack and Jill are brother and sister. Nobody has ever heard Jack speak, except Jill. They communicate in a secret language that nobody can understand. So what happens when Jill, Jack's mouthpiece to the outside world, has a terrible accident? Could it be the trigger that finally moves Jack to speak? Jill loves her little brother, Jack. She understands what he's thinking, which is just as well because Jack won't speak. There are plenty of things Jill doesn't understand though. Why is her mum dumping her and Jack in the country? Why did her dad leave and she's not allowed to talk about it?
72 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0751578371
Paperback:Red metal:2019
Author: Greaney, Mark
Author: Rawlings, Hunter Ripley, 1971-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: A desperate Kremlin takes advantage of a military crisis in Asia to simultaneously strike into Western Europe and invade east Africa in a bid to occupy three Rare Earth mineral mines that will give Russia unprecedented control over the world's hi-tech sector for generations to come. Pitted against the Russians are a Marine lieutenant colonel pulled out of a cushy Pentagon job, a French Special Forces captain and his intelligence operative father, a young Polish partisan fighter, an A-10 Warthog pilot, and the commander of an American tank platoon who, along with his German counterpart, fight from behind enemy lines. Through grand land, sea, and air battles to a small unit fighting hand-to-hand in the jungle, Russia and the US face off in a terrifying but thrilling battle for world dominance - with constant the threat of a Russian nuclear detonation ever present.
xii, 638 pages, maps (black and white) ; 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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1784870943
Paperback:Whisky galore:2015
Author: Mackenzie, Compton, 1883-1972,
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Classic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Chatto & Windus, 1947 It is 1943, and the war has brought rationing to the Hebridean Islands. It looks like the end of the world when the whisky is about to run out, and the locals are about to despair when a ship with a cargo of whisky is wrecked.
304 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1405918519
Paperback:The last anniversary:2014
Author: Moriarty, Liane
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: Sydney: Pan Macmillan, 2005 73 years have passed since sisters Rose and Connie found an abandoned baby in the only other house on their little island, Scribbly Gum. With both parents vanished without a trace, Rose and Connie made the decision to take the baby in as their own. And since then the 'Munro Baby Mystery' has brought them fame and fortune. But now, with Connie dead and outsider Sophie Honeywell inheriting her home, Rose begins to wonder if they made the right decision all those years ago. With the anniversary looming, and people still trying to solve the mystery, how much longer can they cover up the lie that has sustained their little community for four generations?
387 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0857053965
Paperback:The firemaker:2016
Author: May, Peter, 1951-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Coronet, 1999 Margaret Campbell is a forensic pathologist. Li Yan is a Beijing detective with a horribly burned corpse on his hands. Neither of them is ready for the consequences of asking the wrong questions about the dead man, or the terrifying truth, they lead to.
560 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1407193503
Paperback:Yes! No. (Maybe...):2019
Author: Pichon, Liz
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2015 It's the car boot sale and Mum's all excited. Will I be able to find a scooter (YES!), get grumpy Delia out of her room (No) and save my comic book collection (Maybe).
257 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm + 4 collector cards (pbk)
1781128324
Paperback:Stay a little longer:2018
Author: Rai, Bali
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Barrington Stoke
Resource type: Physical
Note: Dyslexic-friendly Aman's dad is gone, leaving her feeling lost and alone. She struggles to talk about it, but it's a fact and he isn't coming back. When a lovely man called Gurnam moves onto her street and saves Aman from some local bullies, he and Aman quickly become friends, perhaps even like family. But Gurnam has his own sadness. One that's far bigger than Aman can understand, and it's tearing his life apart.
115 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1787460282
Paperback:Darkest truth:2019
Author: Kirwan, Catherine
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Century When solicitor Finn Fitzpatrick is approached by a man to investigate the death of his daughter, her first instinct is to refuse. The father is grieving, and unable to accept that his daughter committed suicide. And yet something about the man's story chimes with Finn. Why did a bright, confident, beautiful young girl suddenly drop out of school, isolating herself from everyone who cared about her? Could it be that the father's suspicion is right and that his daughter was groomed and abused by the most famous film director in Ireland? If the story is true there are bound to be other victims. The more she investigates, the darker and more twisted the picture becomes. Soon Finn herself is in danger. Because these are powerful people she is trying to expose. And they are willing to do anything to protect their secrets.
407 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0751566977
Hardback:Their little secret:2019
Author: Billingham, Mark
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Little, Brown
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes QR code Sarah thinks of herself as a normal single mum. It's what she wants others to think of her. But the truth is, she needs something new, something thrilling. Meanwhile, DI Tom Thorne is investigating a woman's suicide, convinced she was driven to do it by a man who preys on vulnerable women. A man who is about to change Sarah's life.
386 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)