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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:Wilde about the girl:2018
Author: Pentland, Louise
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Zaffre
Resource type: Physical
Note: Robin Wilde is acing life. After the year from hell, she's pulled herself up and out of The Emptiness, her love life is ticking along nicely, single motherhood is actually quite fun and she is ready for whatever life throws at her. When a thrilling opportunity at work arises, Robin is more than excited to step up and show everyone, including herself, what she's made of. But her best friend Lacey is increasingly broken-hearted about struggling to conceive, and her daughter Lyla is starting to come out with some horrible attitudes she's learning from someone at school. Is Auntie Kath hiding loneliness under her bubbly, loving veneer? And can Robin definitely trust the people she must depend on in her fab new role? But Robin has her girls. And her girls have got her. Together they can handle any crisis. Can't they?
403 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0701176016
Hardback:Nature cure:2005
Author: Mabey, Richard, 1941-
Year 2005
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Richard Mabey's descent into clinical depression was so annihilating that he could neither work nor play, nor sustain relationships with family or friends. He was drinking too much, taking too many pills - and worst of all had lost pleasure in the outside world. This remarkable work charts his gradual return to joyfulness. Includes bibliographical references
[vii], 232 p. ; 23 cm (hbk)
0349141312
Paperback:Girls on fire:2017
Author: Wasserman, Robin
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Abacus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Harper, 2016 Hannah Dexter is a nobody, ridiculed at school by golden girl Nikki Drummond and bored at home. But in their junior year of high school, Nikki's boyfriend walks into the woods and shoots himself. In the wake of the suicide, Hannah finds herself befriending new girl Lacey and soon the pair are inseparable, bonded by their shared hatred of Nikki. Lacey transforms good girl Hannah into Dex, a Doc Marten and Kurt Cobain fan, who is up for any challenge Lacey throws at her. The two girls bring their combined wills to bear on the community in which they live; unconcerned by the mounting discomfort that their lust for chaos and rebellion causes the inhabitants of their parochial small town, they think they are invulnerable. But Lacey has a secret, about life before her better half, and it's a secret that will change everything.
420 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0718189000
Hardback:You were gone:2018
Author: Weaver, Tim, 1977-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Three days after Christmas, a woman walks into a police station. She has no phone and no ID, just a piece of paper with the name of missing persons investigator David Raker on it. She tells officers that Raker is her husband. When he turns up at the station, Raker is stunned. The woman looks exactly like his wife. She knows all about their marriage, their history, even private conversations the two of them had. There's just one problem: Raker's wife has been dead for eight years. The woman tells the police that Raker had a breakdown. A respected doctor backs up her account. Items are missing that prove Raker's side of the story - and, worst of all, he soon becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. Could Raker have imagined their whole marriage? Hunted by the police, Raker will have to find out the truth before it costs him everything - his memories, his sanity, his life.
489 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1602862648
Hardback:Finding me, a decade of darkness, a life reclaimed:2014
Author: Knight, Michelle
Author: Burford, Michelle
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Weinstein Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Michelle Knight, the first of the three women abducted by notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, recounts the full story of her years in captivity, her escape, and the powerful inner strength and capacity for hope that has helped her rebuild her life.
272 pages, illustrations (hbk)
0571313868
Paperback:The doll funeral:2018
Author: Hamer, Kate
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017 My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They're not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. I'm supposed to say that the bruises on my arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs. But there are things I won't say. I won't tell them I'm going to hunt for my real parents. I don't say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw on the way to bed. I did tell Mick that I saw the woman in the buttercup dress, hanging upside down from her seat belt deep in the forest at the back of our house. I told him I saw death crawl out of her. He said he'd give me a medal for lying. I wasn't lying. I'm a hunter for lost souls and I'm going to be with my real family. And I'm not going to let Mick stop me.
360 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
057130222X
Paperback:The kind worth killing:2015
Author: Swanson, Peter, 1968-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched - but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it? Back in Boston, Ted's wife Miranda is bus. Originally published: New York: William Morrow Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched - but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it? Back in Boston, Ted's wife Miranda is busy site managing the construction of their dream home, a beautiful house out on the Maine coastline. But what secrets is she carrying and to what lengths might she go to protect the vision she has of her deserved future?
415 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
009959823X
Paperback:The woman in cabin 10:2017
Author: Ware, Ruth
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Harvill Secker, 2016 This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse, and to work out what she wants from her relationship. Except things don't go as planned. Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat. Exhausted, emotional and increasingly desperate, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a terrible mistake. Or she is trapped on a boat with a murderer - and she is the sole witness.
vii, 344 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0752883151
Paperback:Bad luck:2017:[New edition]
Author: Barclay, Linwood
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New edition]
Publisher: Orion Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: published as Lone wolf. New York: Bantam Books, 2006 Journalist, family man, and paranoid writer Zack Walker visits his father's lakeside fishing camp. But the fresh air, childhood memories and peaceful contemplation are ruined when a body is found. Locals say the mutilated corpse must have been the victim of a random bear attack. But Zack Walker, as always, fears the worst. When another body is discovered, it seems there is a more deadly predator on the prowl. A lone wolf killer who is hell-bent on laying siege to the idyllic town. The fuse is lit and time is running out. Zack must face down a madman - or find out first-hand what the grand finale is.
392 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0752883143
Paperback:Bad guys:2017:[New edition]
Author: Barclay, Linwood
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New edition]
Publisher: Orion Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: New York: Bantam Books, 2005 Zack Walker is back, and much to his family's relief, the work-at-home science-fiction writer has left the house to take a job as a features writer for the city paper. But now that Zack's incessant plotting can no longer be hatched from the comforts of his own home, he must be ever more vigilant to outwit the evil at large, whether in the suburbs, the city, or his own imagination. Zack is ready - or so he thinks. While researching his first feature article, Zack stumbles upon a real-life crime scene, but what seems like an ordinary hit-and-run may actually be a homicide linked to a gang that's been burglarizing Crandall's high-end shops.
369 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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1447268970
Paperback:Station eleven:2015
Author: Mandel, Emily St. John, 1979-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: Moving backwards and forwards in time, from the glittering years just before the collapse to the strange and altered world that exists 20 years after, 'Station Eleven' charts the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people: famous actor Arthur Leander; Jeevan - warned about the flu just in time; Arthur's first wife Miranda; Arthur's oldest fr. Originally published: New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014 Moving backwards and forwards in time, from the glittering years just before the collapse to the strange and altered world that exists 20 years after, 'Station Eleven' charts the unexpected twists of fate that connect six people: famous actor Arthur Leander; Jeevan - warned about the flu just in time; Arthur's first wife Miranda; Arthur's oldest friend Clark; Kirsten, a young actress with the Travelling Symphony; and the mysterious and self-proclaimed 'prophet'.
333 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1786273012
Paperback:How to raise a plant and make it love you back:2018
Author: Doane, Morgan
Author: Harding, Erin
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Laurence King Publishing
Resource type: Physical
Note: Plants have found popularity in the small home, and are being proclaimed the new stars of Instagram. This attractive little book is ideal for the novice 'plant parent', providing tips on how to choose plants, and above all how to care for them and keep them thriving.
112 pages, illustrations (colour) ; 21 cm (pbk)
1473224314
Hardback:The October man:2019
Author: Aaronovitch, Ben, 1964-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Gollancz
Resource type: Physical
Note: Trier is famous for wine, Romans and for being Germany's oldest city. So when a man is found dead with his body impossibly covered in a fungal rot, the local authorities know they are out of their depth. Fortunately this is Germany, where there are procedures for everything. Enter Investigator Tobias Winter, whose aim is to get in, deal with the problem, and get out with the minimum of fuss, personal danger and paperwork. With the help of frighteningly enthusiastic local cop, Vanessa Sommer, he's quick to link the first victim to a group of ordinary middle aged men - and to realise they may have accidentally reawakened a bloody conflict from a previous century. But the rot is still spreading, literally and with the suspect list extending to people born before Frederick the Great solving the case may mean unearthing the city's secret magical history.
180 pages, map (colour) ; 21 cm (hbk)
1509834729
Paperback:Her sister's lie:2019
Author: Howells, Debbie
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Hannah and her sister Nina were once close. But they've not been in touch for years when Hannah learns of her sister's death. Now Hannah is left with the care of Nina's teenage son Abe, and the memory of the appalling secret that drove the two sisters apart. Bringing Abe into her home, Hannah finds him a difficult houseguest. Sullen, rude and uncooperative, Hannah tries to be understanding - after all, he's a grieving boy. But when sinister things begin to happen, Hannah is forced to confront the possibility that Abe might also be dangerous. How much does Abe know? And just how far is Hannah prepared to go to protect her secret?
304 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1405918659
Paperback:Day of the dead:2019
Author: French, Nicci
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: UK: Michael Joseph, 2018 On a north London high street, a runaway vehicle crashes to a halt. The man in the driving seat was murdered a week earlier. On Hampstead Heath, a bonfire blazes: in the flames lies the next victim. As autumn leaves fall, a serial killer runs amok in the capital, playing games with the police. The death toll is rising fast, and the investigation is floundering. But this is no ordinary killer, and every new victim is intended as a message to just one woman. Because psychologist Frieda Klein is in hiding. And someone is coming to find her.
374 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1444835335
Large print:The girl before:2018:Large print edition
Author: Delaney, JP
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition
Publisher: Charnwood
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Quercus, 2017 Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.
440 pages (large print) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0752876473
Hardback:Citadel:2012
Author: Mosse, Kate, 1961-
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Orion
Resource type: Physical
Note: Set during World War II in the far south of France, this is a powerful, action-packed mystery that reveals the secrets of the resistance under Nazi occupation. While war blazed in the trenches at the front, back at home a different battle is waged, full of clandestine bravery, treachery and secrets.
692 p., maps (some col.) ; 24 cm (hbk)