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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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1784751065
Paperback:The light between us, stories from the afterlife, lessons for the living:2016
Author: Jackson, Laura Lynne
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2015 In 'The Light Between Us', renowned psychic medium Laura Lynne Jackson shares not only her incredible story, but also teaches us how we can also look for signs and messages from our loved ones who have passed.
xix, 268 pages, illustration (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241983460
Paperback:Bitter orange:2019
Author: Fuller, Claire
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: UK: Fig Tree, 2018 Frances Jellico is dying. A man who calls himself the vicar visits, hoping to extract a deathbed confession. He wants to know what really happened that fateful summer of 1969, when Frances - tasked with surveying a dilapidated country house - first set eyes on the glamorous bohemian couple, Cara and Peter. She recalls the relationship they forged through sweltering days, lavish dinners, and elaborate lies, and the Judas hole through which she would spy on the couple. Were the signs there right from the beginning? Or was it impossible to avoid the crime that split their lives open like rotten fruit?
279 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008208298
Paperback:All that's dead:2020
Author: MacBride, Stuart
Year 2020
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2019 Inspector Logan McRae is looking forward to a nice simple case - something to ease him back into work after a year off on the sick. But the powers-that-be have other ideas. The high-profile anti-independence campaigner, Professor Wilson, has gone missing, leaving nothing but bloodstains behind. There's a war brewing between the factions for and against Scottish Nationalism. Infighting in the police ranks. And it's all playing out in the merciless glare of the media. Logan's superiors want results, and they want them now. Someone out there is trying to make a point, and they're making it in blood. If Logan can't stop them, it won't just be his career that dies.
437 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0718185501
Hardback:Into the fire:2020
Author: Hurwitz, Gregg Andrew
Year 2020
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Minotaur Books Evan Smoak - Orphan X aka The Nowhere Man - returns in an enthralling fifth adventure. As a boy, Evan Smoak was taken from his foster home and inducted into a top secret Cold War programme. Code-named Orphan X, he was trained to become a lethal weapon, then dispatched around the world to do whatever was required to keep his country safe. When Evan discovered the mission was rotten to the core, he got out using his skills to hide in plain sight while helping those who can't help themselves.
468 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1472245970
Paperback:Sunset over the cherry orchard:2018
Author: Thomas, Jo, 1972-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline Review
Resource type: Physical
Note: After three failed engagements Beti Winter is in desperate need of a fresh start. What better place than the sun-drenched hills of southern Spain? But it's not all sangria and siestas. Beti finds work on an old Andalucian cherry farm where there are cherries to be picked, trees to be watered and her fiery boss, Antonio, to win over. As the sun toasts her skin, Beti finds herself warming to the Spanish way of life. Embracing the art of flamenco, she discovers there is much to learn from the dance of passion. She just has to let loose and listen to the rhythm of her heart.
406 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0552555703
Paperback:Noughts & crosses:2006:Special new ed
Author: Blackman, Malorie
Author: Blackman, Malorie
Author: Blackman, Malorie
Year 2006
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Special new ed
Publisher: Corgi
Resource type: Physical
Note: Award-winning author Malorie Blackman tackles the issues of racism and prejudice in a world set in an alternate historical reality. Previous titles by the author include Pig-Heart Boy, Hacker, Dangerous Reality and Operation Gadgetman. Previous ed.: London: Doubleday, 2001. Previous ed.: London: Doubleday, 2001 Contents: Partial contents: An eye for an eye. Originally published: 2003 Award-winning author Malorie Blackman tackles the issues of racism and prejudice in a world set in an alternate historical reality. Previous titles by the author include Pig-Heart Boy, Hacker, Dangerous Reality and Operation Gadgetman. Teenage fiction Secondary/GCSE
478 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1509819959
Paperback:Miss you:2017
Author: Eberlen, Kate
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Radio tie-in Originally published: London: Mantle, 2016 'Today is the first day of the rest of your life' is the motto on a plate in the kitchen at home, and Tess can't get it out of her head, even though she's in Florence for a final, idyllic holiday before university. Her life is about to change forever - but not in the way she expects. Gus and his parents are also on holiday in Florence. Their lives have already changed suddenly and dramatically. Gus tries to be a dutiful son, but longs to escape and discover what sort of person he is going to be. For one day, the paths of these two 18-year-olds will criss-cross before they each return to England. Over the course of the next 16 years, life and love will offer them very different challenges. Separated by distance and chance, there's no way the two of them are ever going to meet each other properly - or is there?
457 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1849537275
Paperback:How not to travel the world, adventures of a disaster-prone backpacker:[2015]
Author: Juliff, Lauren
Year [2015]
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Summersdale
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Lauren left to go travelling, she thought she would instantly become a glamorous backpacker. But after being mugged, scammed, caught up in a tsunami and experiencing a very unhappy ending during a massage, she realised that learning how not to travel the world was the most enlightening experience she could have hoped for.
319 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241240247
Hardback:Paradise lodge, a novel:2016
Author: Stibbe, Nina
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is the story of Lizzie Vogel, a 15 year old girl who finds herself working in an old people's home in the 1970s. The place is in chaos and it's not really a suitable job for a schoolgirl: she'd only gone for the job because it seemed too exhausting to commit to being a full-time girlfriend or a punk, and she doesn't realise there's a right and. This is the story of Lizzie Vogel, a 15 year old girl who finds herself working in an old people's home in the 1970s. The place is in chaos and it's not really a suitable job for a schoolgirl: she'd only gone for the job because it seemed too exhausting to commit to being a full-time girlfriend or a punk, and she doesn't realise there's a right and a wrong way to get someone out of a bath.
274 pages ; 21 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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0141375183
Paperback:I can only draw worms:2017
Author: Mabbitt, Will
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: I can only draw worms. You might think worms are boring - but you'd be wrong. These worms have incredible adventures! I can't draw those bits, though, so you'll have to imagine them. This is a hilarious and superbly silly book that will have children in stitches and begging for more.
32 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 28 cm (pbk)
0545425166
Hardback:Year of the jungle:2013
Author: Collins, Suzanne
Author: Proimos, James
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Suzy's father is called to war in a faraway jungle, she struggles to deal with his absence. When will he return? As the months go by, measured by the arrival of postcards, Suzy's father starts to feel further and further away. Here is a book that will speak to any child who has had to spend time apart from a loved one.
40 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 23 x 29 cm (hbk)
152900618X
Paperback:The Spanish promise:2019
Author: Swan, Karen, (Writer)
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: One of Spain's richest men is dying. But as he prepares his estate, his family is shocked to discover he is making plans to give away his wealth to a young woman they have never even heard of. Who is she and what hold does she have over him? Charlotte Fairfax is asked to travel to the troubled family's home in Spain to get to the bottom of the mysterious bequest. It's the week before her wedding but she is confident she has time - there's only one reason an older man leaves his money to a beautiful woman, isn't there? But in Madrid, things don't go to plan when the woman denies knowing anything about the gift. Is she lying? Looking for clues, Charlotte digs into the prominent family's history and unearths a dark and shocking past in which two people were torn apart by conflict. But now, their long-buried secrets are starting to reach into the present.
373 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1784751065
Paperback:The light between us, stories from the afterlife, lessons for the living:2016
Author: Jackson, Laura Lynne
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2015 In 'The Light Between Us', renowned psychic medium Laura Lynne Jackson shares not only her incredible story, but also teaches us how we can also look for signs and messages from our loved ones who have passed.
xix, 268 pages, illustration (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008208212
Hardback:The blood road:2018
Author: MacBride, Stuart
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Some things just won't stay buried. Logan McRae's personal history is hardly squeaky clean, but now that he works for Professional Standards it's his job to police his fellow officers. When Detective Inspector Bell turns up dead in the driver's seat of a crashed car it's a shock to everyone. Because Bell died two years ago, they buried him. Or they thought they did. As an investigation is launched into Bell's stabbing, Logan digs into his past. Where has he been all this time? Why did he disappear? And what's so important he felt the need to come back from the dead? But the deeper Logan digs, the more bones he uncovers - and there are people out there who'll kill to keep those skeletons buried. If Logan can't stop them, DI Bell won't be the only one to die.
488 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1847375677
Hardback:Agent 6:2011
Author: Smith, Tom Rob
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is the hotly anticipated follow-up to Tom Rob Smith's widely celebrated, Booker-longlisted debut novel 'Child 44'. Originally published in: 2010. The hotly anticipated follow-up to Tom Rob Smith's widely celebrated, Booker-longlisted debut novel Child 44 and The Secret Speech 'Smith is superb at evoking the day-to-day realities and bitter ironies of the cold war... immaculately researched sections are individually pungent and powerful' Andrzej Lukowski , METRO 7/7 'It's an amazing story full of intrigue and espionage that you won't want to put down' Kim Metcalf, Essentials August Issue. The adventure that began in 'Child 44' and 'The Secret Speech' now reaches its epic conclusion. Leo Demidov's last case forces him to question what we live for when we've lost the people we love.
545 p. ; 24 cm (hbk)
1780899343
Hardback:BlindSide:2020
Author: Patterson, James, 1947-
Author: Born, James O.
Year 2020
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Century
Resource type: Physical
Note: After a mugging gone wrong, Detective Michael Bennett becomes public enemy no. 1 when the citizens of New York rally around the dead shooter's family. Amidst the controversy and media chaos, Bennett must wait for his name to be cleared. Though he is suspended from active duty, the Mayor has a secret mission for Bennett with an irresistible incentive. Find the Mayor's missing daughter, and Bennett's beloved son Brian will be released from prison. Desperate to get back to work and free his son, Bennett sets out to solve the mystery of Natalie's disappearance. When Natalie's friends start turning up dead around the city, Bennett soon realises that wherever she is, Natalie is in more danger than he could have ever imagined. As links start emerging to a dangerous underground hacking network, Bennett must go beyond his jurisdiction to bring Natalie home.
360 pages, maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0751548561
Paperback:Buried:2012:New pbk. ed.
Author: Billingham, Mark
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2006. A retired copper's son is kidnapped. Many of the villains he put away had sworn revenge. So why does he fail to mention the one who is still the main suspect in a four-year-old murder? Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2006
534 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)