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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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0241295424
Hardback:Dark tales:2016
Author: Jackson, Shirley, 1916-1965,
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Short story
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: There's something nasty in suburbia. In these deliciously dark tales, the daily commute turns into a nightmarish game of hide and seek, the loving wife hides homicidal thoughts and the concerned citizen might just be an infamous serial killer. In the haunting world of Shirley Jackson, nothing is as it seems and nowhere is safe, from the city streets to the country manor, and from the small-town apartment to the dark, dark woods.
176 pages ; 20 cm (hbk)
0593080580
Hardback:The fox:2018
Author: Forsyth, Frederick, 1938-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Most weapons do what you tell them. Most weapons you can control. But what if the most dangerous weapon in the world isn't a smart missile or a stealth submarine or even an AI computer programme? What if it's a 17-year-old boy with a blisteringly brilliant mind, who can run rings around the most sophisticated security services across the globe, who can manipulate that weaponry and turn it against the superpowers themselves? How valuable would he be? And what wouldn't you do to get hold of him?
307 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
140912004X
Paperback:Deadlight:2010
Author: Hurley, Graham
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion
Resource type: Physical
Note: Freshly promoted to the Major Crimes Unit, Faraday is thrown into the deep end with the investigation of prison officer Sean Coughlin's murder. Was the violent Coughlin killed by a recently released con he brutalized in prison? Or is his death a legacy of a more savage violence from 20 years before? Originally published: 2003. Originally published: 2003 Freshly promoted to the Major Crimes Unit, Faraday is thrown into the deep end with the investigation of prison officer Sean Coughlin's murder. Was the violent Coughlin killed by a recently released con he brutalized in prison? Or is his death a legacy of a more savage violence from 20 years before?
432 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1862075867
Hardback:Reading Chekhov, a critical journey:2003
Author: Malcolm, Janet
Year 2003
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Granta
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Random House, 2001. In 'Reading Chekhov' Janet Malcolm takes on three roles: literary critic, biographer and journalist. Her close readings of the stories and plays are interwoven with episodes from Chekhov's life and framed by an account of a recent journey she made to St. Petersburg. Originally published: New York: Random House, 2001 Includes bibliographical references
209 p. ; 20 cm (hbk)
024139449X
Hardback:The parade, a novel:2019
Author: Eggers, Dave
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Resource type: Physical
Note: An unnamed country is leaving the darkness of a decade at war, and to commemorate the armistice the government commissions a new road connecting two halves of the state. Two men, foreign contractors from the same company, are sent to finish the highway. While one is flighty and adventurous, wanting to experience the nightlife and people, the other wants only to do the work and go home. But both men must eventually face the absurdities of their positions, and the dire consequences of their presence.
179 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
0241247470
Hardback:Skin in the game, hidden asymmetries in daily life:2018
Author: Taleb, Nassim Nicholas, 1960-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Allen Lane
Resource type: Physical
Note: The phrase 'skin in the game' is one we have often heard but have rarely stopped to truly dissect. It is the backbone of risk management, but it's also an astonishingly complex worldview that, as Taleb shows in this book, applies to literally all aspects of our lives. As Taleb says, 'Never trust anyone who doesn't have skin in the game. Without it, fools and crooks will profit and their mistakes will never come back to haunt them'. In his inimitable style, Taleb pulls on everything from Antaeus the Giant to Hammurabi to Donald Trump to Seneca to the ethics of disagreement to create a jaw-dropping tapestry for understanding our world in a brand new way.
xiii, 279 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1781850593
Paperback:Master of war:2014
Author: Gilman, David
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2013 England, 1346. For Thomas Blackstone the choice is easy: dance on the end of a rope for a murder he did not commit, or take up his longbow and join the invasion of France. As he fights his way across northern France, Blackstone will learn the lessons of war, from the terror and confusion of combat, to the savage realities of siege warfare.
510 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1473629144
Hardback:Caraval:2017
Author: Garber, Stephanie
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Flatiron Books Welcome to Caraval, where nothing is quite what it seems. Scarlett has never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show. Caraval is Magic. Mystery. Adventure. And for Scarlett and her beloved sister Tella it represents freedom and an escape from their ruthless, abusive father. When the sisters' long-awaited invitations to Caraval finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show's mastermind organiser, Legend. Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But nonetheless she quickly becomes enmeshed in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak. And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.
407 pages, map (black and white) ; 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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1409145964
Hardback:The twenty-three:2016
Author: Barclay, Linwood
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Orion Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: A dark cloud of suspicion and fear continues to hang over the town of Promise Falls. A series of bizarre, ominously threatening incidents suggests someone is plotting to take revenge on the town. But who is the perpetrator, and revenge for what? Now the time for threats is over. And the inhabitants are about to discover the truth, with devastating. A dark cloud of suspicion and fear continues to hang over the town of Promise Falls. A series of bizarre, ominously threatening incidents suggests someone is plotting to take revenge on the town. But who is the perpetrator, and revenge for what? Now the time for threats is over. And the inhabitants are about to discover the truth, with devastating consequences.
453 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
0008298238
Paperback:A store at war:2018
Author: Toye, Joanna
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: 1941. With men being drafted to fight, Lily Collins secures a job as a junior on sales within the hallowed halls of town department store Marlow's, whose windows filled with glossy, expensive goods have fascinated her since childhood. The day she starts work is the first time she's ever set foot through the doors. As bombs drop and shortages intensify, Lily progresses from a nervous junior to a spirited and confident young woman torn between the possibility of romance and her love for the store. With the war progressing to crisis point, Lily's friends and family must battle rationing, bombings and the absence of loved ones to keep soldiering on.
392 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1473664977
Hardback:A keeper:2018
Author: Norton, Graham, 1963-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: Elizabeth Keane returns to Ireland after her mother's death, intent only on wrapping up that dismal part of her life. There is nothing here for her; she wonders if there ever was. The house of her childhood is stuffed full of useless things, her mother's presence already fading. And perhaps, had she not found the small stash of letters, the truth would never have come to light. 40 years earlier, a young woman stumbles from a remote stone house, the night quiet but for the tireless wind that circles her as she hurries further into the darkness away from the cliffs and the sea. She has no sense of where she is going, only that she must keep on.
326 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1471153045
Paperback:Out of practice:2016
Author: Parkes, Penny
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Meet successful GP Holly Graham as she relocates her family to join the team at The Practice at Beckerford, hoping to revive her marrigae in the process. It will certainly be a challenge to keep her private and professional lives separate in such a tight-knit community. Her colleagues have their own issues to contend with. The gorgeous Dr Dan Carter is struggling with to focus on work and the last thing he needs is any more stress; having his ambitious ex-girlfriend Dr Julia Channing working alongside him isn't really helping. Thankfully, the rather delectable Dr Taffy Jones is on hand to distract Holly from the escalating situation at home. Feisty octogenarian and resident celebrity, Elsie Townsend, is Holly's favourite patient and saving grace. Elsie's inspirational Life Lessons come at the perfect moment, as The Practice is suddenly under threat of imminent closure and Holly rediscovers her voice and her priorities just in time.
487 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1782744517
Paperback:SAS and Special Forces fitness training:2016
Author: Wiseman, John, 1940-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Amber Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: The SAS is probably the world's greatest elite military unit and its soldiers are renowned for their ability to cope when under great physical and mental stress. Now you can acquire the unique range of skills taught to members of the Special Air Service through the 'SAS & Special Forces Fitness Training'. Written by an expert author, this book offers a total fitness programme for both body and mind. Special exercises and routines will help the reader improve strength, stamina and agility. There are also chapters on diet and nutrition, to help the trainee's body gain the maximum benefit from eating the right food and drink.
192 pages, illustrations ; 24 cm (pbk)
1444941534
Paperback:Mystery of the skull:2018
Author: Butchart, Pamela
Author: Ross, Tony
Author: Blyton, Enid
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Peter discovers an old skull hidden in his bedroom, it's time for an urgent meeting of the Secret Seven. Setting off to investigate, the friends see a gigantic hole in the grounds of a local hotel. Could there be any connection between the two strange events? The Secret Seven are determined to solve the mystery. It's time to look behind the green door of the Secret Seven's shed again.
185 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1406378690
Paperback:Release:2018
Author: Ness, Patrick, 1971-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Walker Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017 Today will change Adam Thorn's life. Between his religious family, unpleasant boss and his ex-boyfriend, the bindings of his world are coming undone. And way across town, a ghost has risen from the lake. Is there time for Adam to find his release?
286 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1409137309
Paperback:Blood, salt, water:2016
Author: Mina, Denise
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Loch Lomond is a mile deep but the woman's body surfaced anyway. Found bludgeoned and dumped in the water, she now haunts Iain Fraser, the man who put her there. She trusted him and now that misplaced trust is gnawing through Iain's chest. He thinks it will kill him. Nearby Helensburgh is an idyllic Victorian town. One-time home to a quarter of all. Originally published: 2015 Loch Lomond is a mile deep but the woman's body surfaced anyway. Found bludgeoned and dumped in the water, she now haunts Iain Fraser, the man who put her there. She trusted him and now that misplaced trust is gnawing through Iain's chest. He thinks it will kill him. Nearby Helensburgh is an idyllic Victorian town. One-time home to a quarter of all the millionaires in Britain, it is quaint, sleepy and chocolate-box pretty. But the real town is shot through with deception, lies and vested interests. As tensions rise and the police seek a killer, the conflicts that lurk beneath Helensburgh's calm waters threaten to explode. All Iain Fraser has to do is keep on lying.
295 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)