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Reading Groups

Like chatting about books? Like chatting about books?

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

Recent review
0141182709
Paperback:Animal farm : a fairy story.:2000.:[New edition].
Author: Orwell, George.
Year 2000.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New edition].
Publisher: Penguin Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: This edition originally published: 1989. Having got rid of their human masters, the animals of Manor Farm look forward to a life of freedom and plenty. Orwell's allegoric story of the betrayal of idealism through tyranny and corruption is as fresh today as when it was first published in 1945. This ed. originally published: 1989. Secondary/GCSE. English
xxi, 120 pages ; 20 cm.
178747755X
Hardback:The lantern men:2020.
Author: Griffiths, Elly.
Year 2020.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Quercus,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
384 pages ; 20 cm.
0224089811
Hardback:Elizabeth of York : the first Tudor queen.:2013.
Author: Weir, Alison.
Year 2013.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Jonathan Cape,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Elizabeth of York would have ruled England, but for the fact that she was a woman. She is one of the key figures of the Wars of the Roses and the Tudor dynasty. In youth, she was relegated from a pampered princess to a bastard fugitive under siege in sanctuary. Yet the probable murders of her brothers, the Princes in the Tower, left her heiress to. English
xvi, 556 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm.
1787632199
Hardback:Blue moon:2019.
Author: Child, Lee.
Year 2019.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
373 pages ; 24 cm.
1784755605
Paperback:Hiding in plain sight:2018.
Author: Lewis, Susan, 1956-
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Arrow Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Century, 2017. English
393 pages ; 20 cm.
1787301729
Hardback:The less dead:2020.
Author: Mina, Denise.
Year 2020.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Harvill Secker,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
341 pages ; 24 cm.
0008402787
Paperback:Fire & blood:2020.
Author: Martin, George R. R.
Year 2020.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper Voyager,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018. English
737 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm.
0008272360
Paperback:Seven days:2019.
Author: Lake, Alex.
Year 2019.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
422 pages ; 20 cm.
1447286219
Paperback:Luckiest girl alive:2016.
Author: Knoll, Jessica.
Year 2016.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Simon & Schuster, 2015. English
403 pages ; 20 cm.
0141018534
Paperback:Estuary : out from London to the sea:2017.
Author: Lichtenstein, Rachel, 1969-
Year 2017.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Hamish Hamilton, 2016. Map on inside cover. English
327 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm.

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


Reading Friends Groups

Get together with a good book, poem or newspaper article. You can meet new people, make friends, chat and have a laugh. Everyone is welcome. Why not give it a try?

There are now two Reading Friends groups which meet in Bexley Libraries:

  • Erith Library - third Tuesday of the month at 2pm
  • Crayford Library - last Tuesday of the month at 11am


Sidcup Library host a Crime and Thriller reading group on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 2.30pm.

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 host the Book Bound Book Club on the second Thursday evening of the month where members can discuss a specific book and other books that they’ve read in a relaxed atmosphere. 

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

 

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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0241425441
Hardback:The Thursday Murder Club:2020.
Author: Osman, Richard, 1970-
Year 2020.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Viking,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
380 pages ; 24 cm.
1786486601
Hardback:Deadland:2019.
Author: Shaw, William, 1959-
Year 2019.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: riverrun,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
469 pages ; 24 cm.
1447218434
Paperback:The midnight rose:2014.
Author: Riley, Lucinda.
Year 2014.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Macmillan, 2013. English
671 pages ; 20 cm.
024137183X
Hardback:Zen : the art of simple living : 100 daily practices from a Japanese Zen Monk for a lifetime of calm and joy:2019.
Author: Masuno, Shunmyo.
Year 2019.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Michael Joseph,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Japanese. English
223 pages : illustrations (colour) ; 19 cm.
0356508471
Paperback:Mageborn.:2017.
Author: Aryan, Stephen.
Year 2017.
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orbit,
Resource type: Physical
416.
1473658764
Paperback:A capitol death:2019.
Author: Davis, Lindsey.
Year 2019.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Hodder & Stoughton. English
383 pages : map (black and white) ; 20 cm.
1472252721
Paperback:The murderer's apprentice:2019.
Author: Granger, Ann.
Year 2019.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
343 pages ; 20 cm.
1784972649
Paperback:The runaway family:2016.
Author: Costeloe, Diney, author.
Year 2016.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Head of Zeus,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: as Evil on the wind. Shipham, Castlehaven, 2009. English
Evil on the wind
371 pages ; 20 cm
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