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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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Paperback:Behind closed doors:2016
Author: Paris, B. A.
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Resource type: Physical
Note: Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn't work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.
384 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1785760459
Paperback:Exile:2017
Author: Swallow, James
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Zaffre
Resource type: Physical
Note: Racing breathlessly from uncharted CIA prisons to the skyscrapers of Dubai, from stormbeaten oil rigs off the African coast to the ancient caverns beneath the city of Naples, Marc Dane returns in the explosive new thriller from the internationally bestselling author of 'Nomad'.
564 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0593080580
Hardback:The fox:2018
Author: Forsyth, Frederick, 1938-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Most weapons do what you tell them. Most weapons you can control. But what if the most dangerous weapon in the world isn't a smart missile or a stealth submarine or even an AI computer programme? What if it's a 17-year-old boy with a blisteringly brilliant mind, who can run rings around the most sophisticated security services across the globe, who can manipulate that weaponry and turn it against the superpowers themselves? How valuable would he be? And what wouldn't you do to get hold of him?
307 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
140912004X
Paperback:Deadlight:2010
Author: Hurley, Graham
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion
Resource type: Physical
Note: Freshly promoted to the Major Crimes Unit, Faraday is thrown into the deep end with the investigation of prison officer Sean Coughlin's murder. Was the violent Coughlin killed by a recently released con he brutalized in prison? Or is his death a legacy of a more savage violence from 20 years before? Originally published: 2003. Originally published: 2003 Freshly promoted to the Major Crimes Unit, Faraday is thrown into the deep end with the investigation of prison officer Sean Coughlin's murder. Was the violent Coughlin killed by a recently released con he brutalized in prison? Or is his death a legacy of a more savage violence from 20 years before?
432 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1862075867
Hardback:Reading Chekhov, a critical journey:2003
Author: Malcolm, Janet
Year 2003
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Granta
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Random House, 2001. In 'Reading Chekhov' Janet Malcolm takes on three roles: literary critic, biographer and journalist. Her close readings of the stories and plays are interwoven with episodes from Chekhov's life and framed by an account of a recent journey she made to St. Petersburg. Originally published: New York: Random House, 2001 Includes bibliographical references
209 p. ; 20 cm (hbk)
024139449X
Hardback:The parade, a novel:2019
Author: Eggers, Dave
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Resource type: Physical
Note: An unnamed country is leaving the darkness of a decade at war, and to commemorate the armistice the government commissions a new road connecting two halves of the state. Two men, foreign contractors from the same company, are sent to finish the highway. While one is flighty and adventurous, wanting to experience the nightlife and people, the other wants only to do the work and go home. But both men must eventually face the absurdities of their positions, and the dire consequences of their presence.
179 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
0241247470
Hardback:Skin in the game, hidden asymmetries in daily life:2018
Author: Taleb, Nassim Nicholas, 1960-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Allen Lane
Resource type: Physical
Note: The phrase 'skin in the game' is one we have often heard but have rarely stopped to truly dissect. It is the backbone of risk management, but it's also an astonishingly complex worldview that, as Taleb shows in this book, applies to literally all aspects of our lives. As Taleb says, 'Never trust anyone who doesn't have skin in the game. Without it, fools and crooks will profit and their mistakes will never come back to haunt them'. In his inimitable style, Taleb pulls on everything from Antaeus the Giant to Hammurabi to Donald Trump to Seneca to the ethics of disagreement to create a jaw-dropping tapestry for understanding our world in a brand new way.
xiii, 279 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 24 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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1409145530
Hardback:The wrong side of goodbye:2016
Author: Connelly, Michael, 1956-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Orion Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Harry Bosch is working as a part-time detective in San Fernando, outside of Los Angeles, when he gets an invitation to meet with ageing aviation billionaire Whitney Vance. At eighteen, Vance had a relationship with a girl called Vibiana Duarte, but soon after becoming pregnant she disappeared. Now, as he reaches the end of his life, Vance wants to know what happened to Vibiana and whether there is an heir to his vast fortune. Bosch is the only person he trusts to undertake the assignment.
390 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1409145662
Paperback:The burning room:2015
Author: Connelly, Michael, 1956-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: TV tie-in Originally published: 2014 In the LAPD's Open Unsolved Unit, not many murder victims die almost a decade after the crime. So when a man succumbs to complications from being shot 10 years earlier, Bosch catches a case in which the body is still fresh, but any other evidence is virtually non-existent. Now Bosch and his new partner, rookie Detective Lucia Soto, are tasked with solving what turns out to be a highly charged, politically sensitive case. Starting with the bullet that's been lodged for years in the victim's spine, they must pull new leads from years-old information, which soon reveals that this shooting may have been anything but random.
438 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
057132228X
Paperback:The quiet man:2017
Author: Carol, James, 1969-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: In Vancouver, the wife of a millionaire is dead following an explosion in her own home. Everyone thinks her husband is responsible, but former FBI profiler Jefferson Winter isn't so sure. The method is too perfect; the lack of mistakes, uncanny. He's seen a series of carefully orchestrated murders - once a year, on exactly the same day, a woman dies in a situation just like this one. That date is fast approaching and Winter knows another victim has been selected. Can he identify the quiet man before he strikes again?
386 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1447262484
Paperback:Dead simple:2014
Author: James, Peter, 1948-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: After a stag night, the groom-to-be goes missing and four of his friends are dead. Detective Superintendent Grace is contacted by the missing man's fiancee, and discovers that the one man who ought to know his whereabouts is saying nothing - but he has more to gain out of the tragedy that anyone realizes. Originally published: London: Macmillan, 20. Originally published: London: Macmillan, 2005 After a stag night, the groom-to-be goes missing and four of his friends are dead. Detective Superintendent Grace is contacted by the missing man's fiancee, and discovers that the one man who ought to know his whereabouts is saying nothing - but he has more to gain out of the tragedy that anyone realizes.
546 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241379504
Hardback:The wych elm:2019
Author: French, Tana
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Viking, 2018 'For me it all goes back to that night, the dark corroded hinge between before and after, the slipped-in sheet of trick glass that tints everything on one side in its own murky colours and leaves everything on the other luminous and untouchable.' One night changes everything for Toby. He's always led a charmed life - until a brutal attack leaves him damaged and traumatised, unsure even of the person he used to be. He seeks refuge at his family's ancestral home, the Ivy House, filled with memories of wild-strawberry summers and teenage parties with his cousins. But not long after Toby's arrival, a discovery is made: a skull, tucked neatly inside the old wych elm in the garden. As detectives begin to close in, Toby is forced to examine everything he thought he knew about his family, his past, and himself.
513 pages ; 21 cm (hbk)
0099546485
Paperback:Mary Boleyn, 'the great and infamous whore':2012
Author: Weir, Alison
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 2011. Mary Boleyn is remembered by posterity as a 'great and infamous whore'. She was the mistress of two kings, Francis I of France and Henry VIII of England, and sister to Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife. She may secretly have borne Henry a child and it was because of his adultery with Mary that his marriage to Anne was annulled. Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 2011
xvii, 446 p., [16] p. of plates, ill. (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1444722654
Paperback:Daughter of smoke and bone:2012
Author: Taylor, Laini
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Little, Brown; London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2011. Karou manages to keep her two lives in balance. On the one hand, she is a 17-year-old art student in Prague; on the other, errand-girl to an inhuman creature who deals in wishes and is the closest thing she has to family. Her life is surrounded by mysteries she is desperate to unveil. Originally published: New York: Little, Brown; London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2011
418 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1787330710
Hardback:Warlight:2018
Author: Ondaatje, Michael, 1943-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Resource type: Physical
Note: In a narrative as mysterious as memory itself - at once both shadowed and luminous - 'Warlight' is a vivid, thrilling novel of violence and love, intrigue and desire. It is 1945, and London is still reeling from the Blitz and years of war. Nathaniel and his sister, Rachel, are apparently abandoned by their parents, left in the care of an enigmatic figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and grow both more convinced and less concerned as they get to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women with a shared history, all of whom seem determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) the children. But are they really what and who they claim to be? Many years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all he didn't know or understand in that time, and it is this journey - through reality, recollection, and imagination - that is told in this magnificent novel.
289 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)