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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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1528854586
Large print:Erebus, the story of a ship:2019
Author: Palin, Michael
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Clipper Large Print Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Hutchinson, 2018 Michael Palin brings to life the world and voyages of HMS Erebus, from its construction in the naval dockyards of Pembroke, to the part it played in Ross's Antarctic expedition of 1839-43, to its abandonment during Franklin's ill-fated Arctic expedition, and to its final rediscovery on the seabed in Queen Maud Gulf in 2014. He explores the intertwined careers of the men who shared its journeys: the organisational genius James Clark Ross, who mapped much of the Antarctic coastline and oversaw some of the earliest scientific experiments to be conducted there; and the troubled Sir John Franklin, who, at the age of 60 and after a chequered career, commanded the ship on its final journey.
416 pages (large print) (pbk)
0241146534
Hardback:Landmarks:2015
Author: Macfarlane, Robert
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Resource type: Physical
Note: Words are grained into our landscapes, and landscapes are grained into our words. 'Landmarks' is about the power of language to shape our sense of place. It is a field guide to the literature of nature, and a glossary containing thousands of remarkable words used in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales to describe land, nature and weather.
x, 387 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
178429313X
Paperback:Coffin Road:2016
Author: May, Peter, 1951-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: riverrun
Resource type: Physical
Note: A man is washed up on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris, barely alive. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his identity is a map tracing a track called the Coffin Road. A detective crosses rough Atlantic seas to a remote rock 20 miles west of the Outer Hebrides. With a sense of foreboding he steps ashore wh. A man is washed up on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris, barely alive. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his identity is a map tracing a track called the Coffin Road. A detective crosses rough Atlantic seas to a remote rock 20 miles west of the Outer Hebrides. With a sense of foreboding he steps ashore where three lighthouse keepers disappeared more than a century before - a mystery that remains unsolved. But now there is a new mystery - a man found bludgeoned to death on that same rock. A teenage girl lies in her Edinburgh bedroom, desperate to discover the truth about her father's death. Two years after the discovery of the pioneering scientist's suicide note, Karen Fleming still cannot accept that he would wilfully abandon her. 'Coffin Road' follows three perilous journeys towards one shocking truth - and the realisation that ignorance can kill us.
392 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1509854940
Hardback:The edge:2019
Author: Keane, Jessie
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Macmillan
Resource type: Physical
Note: With a mind sharper than a razor blade it was only a matter of time before Ruby Darke fought her way to the top. From humble beginnings she became the queen of London's retail, but she didn't get there by obeying the law. Now with her son Kit and daughter Daisy finally by her side she's ready to start a new chapter in her life, but, unknown to all of them, enemies are circling. There aren't many who threaten Ruby Darke and live to tell the tale. But this time, she may just have met her match.
445 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0708898394
Hardback:The underground railroad:2016
Author: Whitehead, Colson, 1969-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Fleet
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Doubleday Cora is a slave on a cotton plantation in Georgia. All the slaves lead a hellish existence, but Cora has it worse than most; she is an outcast even among her fellow Africans and she is approaching womanhood, where it is clear even greater pain awaits. When Caesar, a slave recently arrived from Virginia, tells her about the Underground Railroad, they take the perilous decision to escape to the North. In Whitehead's razor-sharp imagining of the antebellum South, the Underground Railroad has assumed a physical form: a dilapidated box car pulled along subterranean tracks by a steam locomotive, picking up fugitives wherever it can. Cora and Caesar's first stop is South Carolina, in a city that initially seems like a haven. But its placid surface masks an infernal scheme designed for its unknowing black inhabitants.
306 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1785762591
Paperback:Lost for words:2017
Author: Butland, Stephanie
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Zaffre
Resource type: Physical
Note: Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look carefully, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are some things Loveday will never show you. Into her refuge - the York book emporium where she works - come a poet, a lover, a friend, and three mysterious deliveries, each of which stirs unsettling memories. Everything is about to change for Loveday. Someone knows about her past and she can't hide any longer. She must decide who around her she can trust. Can she find the courage to right a heartbreaking wrong? And will she ever find the words to tell her own story? It's time to turn the pages of her past.
345 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0349142564
Paperback:The other Hoffmann sister:2018
Author: Fergusson, Ben, 1980-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Abacus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2017 Ingrid Hoffmann has always felt responsible for her sister Margarete and when their family moves to German Southwest Africa in 1902, her anxieties only increase. The casual racism that pervades the German community, the strange relationship between her parents and Baron von Ketz, from whom they bought their land, and the tension with the local tribes all culminate in tragedy when Baron von Ketz is murdered. Baroness von Ketz and their son, Emil, flee with the Hoffmanns as the Baron's attackers burn down the family's farm. Both families return to Berlin and Ingrid's concerns about Margarete are assuaged when she and Emil become engaged on the eve of the First World War. But Margarete disappears on her wedding night at the von Ketz's country house. The mystery of what happened to her sister haunts Ingrid, but as Europe descends into chaos, her hope of discovering the truth becomes ever more distant.
434 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0091953944
Hardback:Exposure:2016
Author: Dunmore, Helen, 1952-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hutchinson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Radio tie-in London, November, 1960: the Cold War is at its height. Spy fever fills the newspapers, and the political establishment knows how and where to bury its secrets. When a highly sensitive file goes missing, Simon Callington is accused of passing information to the Soviets, and arrested. His wife, Lily, suspects that his imprisonment is part of a cover-up, and that more powerful men than Simon will do anything to prevent their own downfall. She knows that she too is in danger, and must fight to protect her children. But what she does not realise is that Simon has hidden vital truths about his past, and may be found guilty of another crime that carries with it an even greater penalty.
391 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0241977347
Paperback:Day of the accident:2019
Author: Ellwood, Nuala
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Sixty seconds after she wakes from a coma, Maggie's world is torn apart. The police tell her that her daughter Elspeth is dead. That she drowned when the car Maggie had been driving plunged into the river. Maggie remembers nothing. When Maggie begs to see her husband Sean, the police tell her that he has disappeared. He was last seen on the day of her daughter's funeral. What really happened that day at the river? Where is Maggie's husband? And why can't she shake the suspicion that somewhere, somehow, her daughter is still alive?
390 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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1510073841
Large print:Need you dead: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 Lorna Belling, desperate to escape her marriage from hell, falls for the charms of another man who promises her the earth. But, as Lorna finds, life seldom follows the plans you've made. A chance photograph on a client's mobile phone changes everything for her. When the body of a woman is found in a bath in Brighton, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is called to the scene. At first it looks an open and shut case with a clear prime suspect. Then other scenarios begin to present themselves, each of them tantalisingly plausible, until, in a sudden turn of events, and to his utter disbelief, the case turns more sinister than Grace could ever have imagined.
592 pages (large print). (pbk)
0140568247
Paperback:Revolting rhymes:2001:New pbk. ed.
Author: Dahl, Roald, 1916-
Author: Blake, Quentin
Year 2001
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1982. This is a collection of comic and often gory versions of popular fairy tales. Meet Cinderella, a young woman who wants to marry a nice ordinary man; and Goldilocks, that house-breaker who gobbles up your porridge and then breaks up the Chippendale. Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1982 Primary
46p., col. ill. ; 27 cm (pbk)
Paperback
1788549562
Hardback:Wakenhyrst:2019
Author: Paver, Michelle
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Resource type: Physical
Note: In Edwardian Suffolk, a manor house stands alone in a lost corner of the Fens: a glinting wilderness of water whose whispering reeds guard ancient secrets. Maud is a lonely child growing up without a mother, ruled by her repressive father. When he finds a painted medieval devil in a graveyard, unhallowed forces are awakened. Maud's battle has begun. She must survive a world haunted by witchcraft, the age-old legends of her beloved fen - and the even more nightmarish demons of her father's past. Spanning five centuries, 'Wakenhyrst' is a darkly gothic thriller about murderous obsession and one girl's longing to fly free.
359 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0330545760
Paperback:Valour:2014
Author: Gwynne, John, 1968-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Tor
Resource type: Physical
Note: The Banished Lands are torn by war as the army of High King Nathair sweeps the realm challenging all who oppose his holy crusade. Allied with the manipulative Queen Rhin of Cambren, there are few who can stand against him. But Rhin is playing her own games and has her eyes on a far greater prize. Left for dead her kin have fled and her country is overrun with enemies Cywen fights to survive. But any chance of escape is futile once Nathair and his disquieting advisor Calidus realize who she is.
xv, 647 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
178649597X
Hardback:My sister, the serial killer:[2019]
Author: Braithwaite, Oyinkan
Year [2019]
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Atlantic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Doubleday, 2018 When Korede's dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what's expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This'll be the third boyfriend Ayoola's dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the fit doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede's long been in love with him, and isn't prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other.
226 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1783560002
Paperback:Straight expectations, what does it mean to be gay today?:2014
Author: Bindel, Julie
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Guardian Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: More than four decades after the start of the gay liberation movement, lesbians and gay men can legally marry, adopt children, and enjoy the same rights and respect as heterosexuals - or can they? Julie Bindel, an out lesbian since 1977, tracks the changes in the gay community in the last 40 years and asks whether fighting for the right to marry has achieved genuine progress, or whether the new legal rights have neutered a once-radical social movement.
218 pages ; 22 cm (pbk)
1473661293
Hardback:WTF?:2017
Author: Peston, Robert
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: As the political climate gets increasingly unpredictable, here is someone with the answers. Robert Peston helps us make sense of the significant events which are changing our lives. It has never been a scarier time and never has there been more uncertainty in every arena of public life. Robert Peston will go through it all, answering the questions everyone is asking around their breakfast tables. He will explain what happened, how it happened and where we might be going.
277 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1444779672
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)