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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

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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.
1509882774
Paperback:The telephone box library:2020.
Author: Lucas, Rachael.
Year 2020.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
390 pages ; 20 cm.
1444811983
Large print:Blood relative:2012.:Large print ed.
Author: Thomas, David, 1959-
Year 2012.
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print ed.
Publisher: Charnwood,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Peter Crookham is driving home to have dinner with his wife Mariana and his brother Andy. Late, he arrives home to find his brother dead - covered in knife wounds - and his wife, in a near-catatonic state, is bathed in blood. Convinced Mariana is incapable of murder, Peter vows to clear her name. English
360 p. (large print) ; 24 cm.
0224087908
Hardback:Skagboys:2012.
Author: Welsh, Irvine.
Year 2012.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Jonathan Cape,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Mark Renton has it all, but there's no room for him in the 1980s. Thatcher's government is destroying working-class communities across Britian, and the post-war certainties of full employment, educational opportunity and a welfare state are gone. When his family starts to fracture, the only way out is heroin. Mark Renton has it all: he's good-looking with a place at university. But there's no room for him in the 1980s. Thatcher's government is destroying working-class communities across Britain. When his family starts to fracture, Mark's life swings out of control and he succumbs to the defeatism which has taken hold in Edinburgh's grimmer areas. "One of the most significant writers in Britain. He writes with style, imagination, wit and force." "--Times Literary Supplement" " " "The voice of punk, grown up, grown wiser and grown eloquent." "--The Times". English
548 p. ; 25 cm.
1780896417
Hardback:Then she was gone:2017.
Author: Jewell, Lisa.
Year 2017.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Century,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
425 pages ; 23 cm.
0718186133
Paperback:The marriage pact:2017.
Author: Richmond, Michelle, 1970-
Year 2017.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Bantam Books. English
483 pages ; 20 cm.
0008235929
Paperback:The rebel's revenge:2018.
Author: Mariani, Scott.
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Avon,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
404 pages ; 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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0007341377
Hardback:Atlantic : a vast ocean of a million stories:2010.
Author: Winchester, Simon.
Year 2010.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperPress,
Resource type: Physical
Note: In a narrative tour de force, Simon Winchester dramatises the life story of the Atlantic Ocean, from its birth in the farther recesses of geological time to its eventual extinction millions of years in the future. The epic life story of the Atlantic Ocean from the bestselling author, Simon Winchester. Reviews for Krakatoa 'Bracingly apocalyptic stuff: atmospheric, chock full of information and with a constantly escalating sense of pace and tension' Sunday Telegraph 'Gripping. Takes us right to the heart of the worst natural disaster in recorded history. Winchester makes an excellent companion' Daily Telegraph 'Splendid. Lively, pacy, riveting. We learn a great deal and Winchester, storyteller to the core, wears his erudition lightly' Spectator 'Winchester proves himself not just a fine researcher and storyteller, but also a gifted stylist. He is the perfect narrator for such a catastrophe' Observer. English
xiv, 498 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 24 cm.
1529019311
eAudio:Shuggie Bain:2020.:Unabridged ed.
Author: Stuart, Douglas.
Year 2020.
Language: English
Media class: eAudio
Edition: Unabridged ed.
Publisher: Picador,
Resource type: Electronic
Note: Downloadable eAudiobook. Fiction. Duration: 17:30:00. Shuggie Bain is the unforgettable story of young Hugh ?Shuggie? Bain, a sweet and lonely boy who spends his 1980s childhood in run-down public housing in Glasgow, Scotland. Thatcher?s policies have put husbands and sons out of work, and the city?s notorious drugs epidemic is waiting in the wings. Shuggie?s mother Agnes walks a wayward path: she is Shuggie?s guiding light but a burden for him and his siblings. She dreams of a house with its own front door while she flicks through the pages of the Freemans catalogue, ordering a little happiness on credit, anything to brighten up her grey life. Married to a philandering taxi-driver husband, Agnes keeps her pride by looking good?her beehive, make-up, and pearly-white false teeth offer a glamourous image of a Glaswegian Elizabeth Taylor. But under the surface, Agnes finds increasing solace in drink, and she drains away the lion?s share of each week?s benefits?all the family has to live on?on cans of extra-strong lager hidden in handbags a Adult. English
0099558785
Paperback:A gentleman in Moscow:2017.
Author: Towles, Amor.
Year 2017.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Windmill Books,
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: United States: Viking, 2016. English
462 pages : map (black and white) ; 20 cm.
1785770551
Paperback:Lies:2017.
Author: Logan, T. M.
Year 2017.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: twenty7,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
500 pages ; 20 cm.
0007323123
Paperback:The lion, the witch and the wardrobe:2009.:New ed.
Author: Lewis, C. S. 1898-1963.
Year 2009.
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New ed.
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's,
Resource type: Physical
Note: In this children's classic, Lucy finds that an old wardrobe in a professor's country house is a gateway to a magical land of fauns, centaurs, nymphs and talking animals - but also of the beautiful but evil White Witch who has held the land of Narnia in eternal winter for a hundred years. Originally published: London: Bles, 1950. Juvenile. English
202 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.
1473658632
Hardback:Pandora's boy:2018.
Author: Davis, Lindsey.
Year 2018.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
387 pages : maps (black and white) ; 24 cm.
1409181618
Hardback:The silent patient:2019.
Author: Michaelides, Alex, 1977-
Year 2019.
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Orion,
Resource type: Physical
Note: English
341 pages ; 24 cm.