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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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0008152071
Paperback:Hitman Anders and the meaning of it all:2016
Author: Jonasson, Jonas, 1961-
Author: Willson-Broyles, Rachel
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: 4th Estate
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Swedish Hitman Anders is fresh out of prison and trying to keep his head down when he meets a female Protestant vicar (who happens to be an atheist), and a receptionist at a 1-star hotel (who happens to be currently homeless). Together they cook up an idea for a very unusual business that's going to make them all a fortune - but then all of a sudden, and to everyone's surprise, Anders finds Jesus. Anders' sudden interest in religion might be good for his soul but it's not good for business, and the vicar and the receptionist have to find a new plan, quick.
370 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241365015
Paperback:Jack of hearts (and other parts):2018
Author: Rosen, Lev AC
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Meet Jack Rothman. He's seventeen and loves partying, makeup and boys - sometimes all at the same time. His sex life makes him the hot topic for the high school gossip machine. But who cares? Like Jack always says: 'It could be worse.' He doesn't actually expect that to come true. But after Jack starts writing an online sex advice column, mysterious love letters from an 'admirer' take a turn for the creepy. They know everything: where he's hanging out, who he's sleeping with, who his mum is dating. They claim they love Jack, but not his lifestyle. They need him to curb his sexuality, or they'll force him. As his stalker starts to ratchet up the pressure, Jack must uncover their identity - before their obsession becomes genuinely dangerous.
337 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0006280897
Paperback:The four loves:2002:Centenary edition
Author: Lewis, C. S., 1898-1963
Author: Harper Collins
Year 2002
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Centenary edition
Publisher: HarperCollins
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Geoffrey Bles, 1960. C.S. Lewis' famous work on the nature of love divides love into four categories - affection, friendship, Eros and charity. Lewis observes how each merges into the other, without losing sight of the necessary and real difference between them. Originally published: London: Geoffrey Bles, 1960
170 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1405914874
Paperback:Eeny meeny:2014
Author: Arlidge, M. J.
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: The girl emerged from the woods. Traumatised and emaciated; close to death, but alive. Her story seemed too terrible to be true. But it was. Every dreadful word of it. When, days later, another desperate survivor is found, a pattern becomes clear. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then forced to make a terrible choice. Which would you. The girl emerged from the woods. Traumatised and emaciated; close to death, but alive. Her story seemed too terrible to be true. But it was. Every dreadful word of it. When, days later, another desperate survivor is found, a pattern becomes clear. Pairs of victims are being abducted, imprisoned then forced to make a terrible choice. Which would you sacrifice - your life or your conscience? For DI Helen Grace there is now an unseen killer to be hunted down.
420 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0751567272
Paperback:The case against William:2016
Author: Gimenez, Mark
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: Criminal defense lawyers must make their peace with one harsh fact of life: most of their clients are guilty. But when William Tucker, a celebrated and self-centred star college football player, is suddenly arrested and charged with the brutal rape and murder of a college coed two years before, his estranged father, Frank Tucker, a drunken, broken- Originally published: United States: Navarchus Press, 2014 Criminal defense lawyers must make their peace with one harsh fact of life: most of their clients are guilty. But when William Tucker, a celebrated and self-centred star college football player, is suddenly arrested and charged with the brutal rape and murder of a college coed two years before, his estranged father, Frank Tucker, a drunken, broken-down, beach-bum ex-criminal defense lawyer, cannot believe his son his guilty. No father can. So he must find a way to sober up and save his son from the death penalty sought by an ambitious district attorney. And father and son learn that only three things in life are certain: death, taxes, and a father's love for his son.
374 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1529015286
Paperback:Tin can cook:2019
Author: Monroe, Jack, (Journalist)
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Bluebird
Resource type: Physical
Note: Award-winning anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe is back with 'Tin Can Cook': a delicious collection of seventy-five recipes, all made from store-cupboard ingredients available from corner shops and local supermarkets.
160 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0099533367
Paperback:About face:2010
Author: Leon, Donna
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow
Resource type: Physical
Note: Donna Leon's novel is as subtle, gripping and topical as ever, bringing the sights, sounds and smells of Venice flooding to life. [a] brilliant series. Seven, Sunday Telegraph Super sleuth Brunetti again patrols Venice's dark canal ways in this Italian crimefest. Once again, Brunetti proves he's more than a match for the local mob. Mirror The very first sentences of About Face showcase Donna Leon's elegant, effortless style...another great Brunetti outing ... The details of home-cooked meals and family arguments, alongside a never-ending flow of crime, add depth to Leon's stories and are what makes her characters so believable and, in turn, her books so readable. Independent a thoroughly enjoyable and atmospheric read. Waterstones Books Quarterly The Brunetti series is dependably enjoyable...There are fine scenes of sustained dialogue, notably an exchange between Brunetti and the Count, his father-in-law, over a pair of portraits, that deserves to be called Jamesian. TLS. Originally published: London: William Heinimann, 2009
311 p., map ; 20 cm (pbk)
1784751839
Paperback:Conclave:2017
Author: Harris, Robert, 1957-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Hutchinson, 2016 The Pope is dead. Behind the locked doors of the Sistine Chapel, 118 Cardinals from all over the globe will cast their votes in the world's most secretive election. They are holy men. But they have ambition. And they have rivals. Over the next 72 hours one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on Earth.
380 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)