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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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1529329191
Paperback:Stress-related illness, advice for people who give too much:2019
Author: Cantopher, Tim
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sheldon Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Sheldon, 2007 Three out of four adults will feel overwhelmed by stress at some point in their lives - if not regularly. Although stress is a very subjective condition - some people thrive on a certain amount of it - one thing is certain: too much stress, if you feel unable to cope with it, can make you ill. Dr Tim Cantopher has diagnosed and helped hundreds of people with stress-related illnesses. He will help you to understand the causes of your stress (past and present), and to recognise the people who may be making it worse. This book offers treatments and strategies to manage the stress-related illnesses you may be suffering - whether physical or psychological - and gives you advice on getting, and staying, well.
xiii, 130 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 22 cm (pbk)
024140052X
Hardback:Why we eat (too much), the new science of appetite:2020
Author: Jenkinson, Andrew
Year 2020
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Penguin Life
Resource type: Physical
Note: A third of us are currently on a diet - how do we stop? And why are so many of us eating more but feeling hungrier than ever? For over 20 years, Dr Andrew Jenkinson has helped thousands of people to solve their weight problems. Looking at how we eat today, in this book he explores why modern nutrition has failed us. This title draws on the latest scientific research on appetite, anthropological insights from food habits around the world and personal stories of healthy and lasting weight loss - learn: how to avoid the negative effects of the food and pharma industries; how diets actually work and how each food type nourishes you; why your hormones can cause weight gain and diabetes; how to lose weight for good, without counting calories.
xiv, 330 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm (hbk)
1407109081
Paperback:The hunger games:2009
Author: Collins, Suzanne
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Scholastic, 2008 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before and survival, for her, is second nature. Adolescent
454 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1405911662
Paperback:The husband's secret:2013
Author: Moriarty, Liane
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: Australia: Pan Macmillan Australia Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive!
406 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1445026260
DAISY:Ultimatum read by Paul Thornley:2013:Unabridged
Author: Kernick, Simon
Author: Thornley, Paul
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: DAISY
Edition: Unabridged
Publisher: ISIS Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Complete and unabridged A threat has been made. An ultimatum delivered. Innocent people are in mortal danger. 8am: an explosion blasts through a cafe in central London. Minutes later a call is made to a local radio station: 'We've just detonated a bomb. Another will explode shortly. The British Government has until midnight tonight to meet all our demands, or a far greater attack will take place somewhere in the country that will bring fire down on all your heads. You have been warned - DC Tina Boyd and DI Mike Bolt have just hours to stop the terrorists - before it's too late... 8am: an explosion rocks a London cafe. Minutes later a call is made to a local radio station. It seems that the government has until midnight to meet all of the terrorist demands before a far greater attack takes place. Sixteen hours is all DC Tina Boyd and Mike Bolt have to find and stop the killers - before its too late. Adult.
10. - CDs : digital, stereo(10 hours)
1473207851
Hardback:False value:2020
Author: Aaronovitch, Ben, 1964-
Year 2020
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Gollancz
Resource type: Physical
Note: Peter Grant is facing fatherhood, and an uncertain future, with equal amounts of panic and enthusiasm. Rather than sit around, he takes a job with emigre Silicon Valley tech genius Terrence Skinner's brand new London start up - the Serious Cybernetics Company. Drawn into the orbit of Old Street's famous 'silicon roundabout', Peter must learn how to blend in with people who are both civilians and geekier than he is. Compared to his last job, Peter thinks it should be a doddle. But magic is not finished with Mama Grant's favourite son. Because Terrence Skinner has a secret hidden in the bowels of the SCC. A technology that stretches back to Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, and forward to the future of artificial intelligence. A secret that is just as magical as it technological - and just as dangerous.
404 pages ; 23 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


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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Recent rating
1529329191
Paperback:Stress-related illness, advice for people who give too much:2019
Author: Cantopher, Tim
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sheldon Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Sheldon, 2007 Three out of four adults will feel overwhelmed by stress at some point in their lives - if not regularly. Although stress is a very subjective condition - some people thrive on a certain amount of it - one thing is certain: too much stress, if you feel unable to cope with it, can make you ill. Dr Tim Cantopher has diagnosed and helped hundreds of people with stress-related illnesses. He will help you to understand the causes of your stress (past and present), and to recognise the people who may be making it worse. This book offers treatments and strategies to manage the stress-related illnesses you may be suffering - whether physical or psychological - and gives you advice on getting, and staying, well.
xiii, 130 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 22 cm (pbk)
024140052X
Hardback:Why we eat (too much), the new science of appetite:2020
Author: Jenkinson, Andrew
Year 2020
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Penguin Life
Resource type: Physical
Note: A third of us are currently on a diet - how do we stop? And why are so many of us eating more but feeling hungrier than ever? For over 20 years, Dr Andrew Jenkinson has helped thousands of people to solve their weight problems. Looking at how we eat today, in this book he explores why modern nutrition has failed us. This title draws on the latest scientific research on appetite, anthropological insights from food habits around the world and personal stories of healthy and lasting weight loss - learn: how to avoid the negative effects of the food and pharma industries; how diets actually work and how each food type nourishes you; why your hormones can cause weight gain and diabetes; how to lose weight for good, without counting calories.
xiv, 330 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm (hbk)
009195715X
Hardback:Plenty more:2014
Author: Ottolenghi, Yotam
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Ebury Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Yotam Ottolenghi's 'Plenty' changed the way people cook and eat. Its focus on vegetable dishes, with the emphasis on flavour, original spicing and freshness of ingredients, caused a revolution not just in this country, but the world over. 'Plenty More' picks up where 'Plenty' left off, with 120 more dazzling vegetable-based dishes, this time organi. Yotam Ottolenghi's 'Plenty' changed the way people cook and eat. Its focus on vegetable dishes, with the emphasis on flavour, original spicing and freshness of ingredients, caused a revolution not just in this country, but the world over. 'Plenty More' picks up where 'Plenty' left off, with 120 more dazzling vegetable-based dishes, this time organised by cooking method. Grilled, baked, simmered, cracked, braised or raw, the range of recipe ideas is stunning. With recipes including Alfonso mango and curried chickpea salad, Membrillo and stilton quiche, Buttermilk-crusted okra, Candy beetroot with lentils, Seaweed, ginger and carrot salad, and even desserts such as Roasted rhubarb with sweet labneh and Quince poached in pomegranate juice, this is the cookbook that everyone has been waiting for.
351 pages, illustrations (colour) ; 28 cm (hbk)
0007570236
Paperback:The school gate survival guide:2014
Author: Fisher, Kerry
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Avon
Resource type: Physical
Note: Feisty Maia Etxeleku is a cleaner for ladies who lunch. She spends her life wiping up spilt Sauvignon and hoovering around handbags before rushing back home to skivvy after her children's feckless father on an estate where survival depends on your ability to look the other way. But an unusual inheritance catapults her into a different world where no child can survive without organic apricots and Kumon maths classes - and no woman can contemplate a week without Pilates and pedicures. As she blunders through a middle class minefield, dashing from coffee mornings to her mops and buckets, she is drawn to the one man who can help her family fit in. But is his interest in her purely professional or will her modern My Fair Lady experiment end in disaster?
357 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0007288409
Paperback:I heart Hollywood:2010
Author: Kelk, Lindsey
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper
Resource type: Physical
Note: Angela Clark can't believe her luck - she's an English girl living in New York with a dream job and a sexy boyfriend. Her latest assignment takes her to Hollywood. Will the sun-drenched glamour of Hollywood win her heart?
326 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1846973597
Hardback:The Bertie project:2016
Author: McCall Smith, Alexander, 1948-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Polygon
Resource type: Physical
Note: Errata slip inserted Once more, we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, he gives us another instalment in this popular series, now running in its eleventh season in the Scotsman. Anything could happen to Bertie and the gang.
294 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
0330517937
Paperback:The sins of the father:2012
Author: Archer, Jeffrey, 1940-
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan
Resource type: Physical
Note: In Jeffrey Archer's epic novel, family loyalties are stretched to their limits as secrets unravel, and the story moves from the backstreets of Bristol to the boardrooms of Manhattan. Join the great storyteller on a journey where there are no stop signs, no cul-de-sacs and no dead ends. Originally published: London: Macmillan. Originally published: London: Macmillan In Jeffrey Archer's epic novel, family loyalties are stretched to their limits as secrets unravel, and the story moves from the backstreets of Bristol to the boardrooms of Manhattan. Join the great storyteller on a journey where there are no stop signs, no cul-de-sacs and no dead ends.
428 p., ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)