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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:Goodbye, things, on minimalist living:2017
Author: Sasaki, Fumio, 1979-
Author: Sugita, Eriko
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Japanese Fumio Sasaki is not an enlightened minimalism expert. He's just a regular guy who was stressed at work, insecure, and constantly comparing himself to others - until one day he decided to throw away everything he didn't feel like he truly needed, including books, clothes, musical instruments, furniture and gadgets. While this process wasn't easy, the benefits were instantaneous and absolutely remarkable: without all his stuff, Sasaki finally felt true freedom, peace of mind, and a new kind of happiness. 'Goodbye, Things' explores why we measure our worth by the things we own and how minimalism will not only transform our space but truly enrich our lives.
259 pages, illustrations (colour) ; 20 cm (pbk)
075157628X
Hardback:Drowned lives:2019
Author: Booth, Stephen, 1952-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: When council officer Chris Buckley is approached by an odd old man demanding help in healing a decades-old family rift, he sends the stranger away. But then the old man is murdered, and the police arrive on the Chris's doorstep asking questions to which he has no answers. As Chris begins to look into the circumstances of the murder, he uncovers a deadly secret in the silt and mud of the local canals that he'll realise was better kept buried.
426 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
178763213X
Hardback:Someone we know:2019
Author: Lapena, Shari, 1960-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: It can be hard keeping secrets in a tight-knit neighbourhood. In a tranquil, leafy suburb of ordinary streets - one where everyone is polite and friendly - an anonymous note has been left at some of the houses. I'm so sorry. My son has been getting into people's houses. He's broken into yours'. Who is this boy, and what might he have uncovered? As whispers start to circulate, suspicion mounts. And when a missing local woman is found murdered, the tension reaches breaking point. Who killed her? Who knows more than they're telling? And how far will all these very nice people go to protect their secrets? Maybe you don't know your neighbour as well as you thought you did.
311 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0857503162
Paperback:Crisis:2017
Author: Gardner, Frank, 1961-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2016 Introducing Luke Carlton - ex-Special Boat Service commando, and now under contract to MI6 for some of its most dangerous missions. Sent into the steaming Colombian jungle to investigate the murder of a British intelligence officer, Luke finds himself caught up in the coils of a plot that has terrifying international dimensions. Hunted down, captured, tortured and on the run from one of South America's most powerful and ruthless drugs cartels and its psychotic leader thirsting for revenge, Luke is in a life-or-death race against time to prevent a disaster on a truly terrifying scale: London is the target, the weapon is diabolical and the means of delivery is ingenious.
561 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1473649048
Paperback:D-Day, the soldiers' story:2019
Author: Milton, Giles
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: John Murray
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018 Almost 75 years have passed since D-Day, the day of the greatest seaborne invasion in history. The outcome of the Second World War hung in the balance on that chill June morning. If Allied forces succeeded in gaining a foothold in northern France, the road to victory would be open. But if the Allies could be driven back into the sea, the invasion would be stalled for years, perhaps forever.
xiv, 486 pages, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1509837027
Hardback:War doctor, surgery on the front line:2019
Author: Nott, David
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: For more than twenty-five years, David Nott has taken unpaid leave from his job as a general and vascular surgeon with the NHS to volunteer in some of the world's most dangerous war zones. From Sarajevo under siege in 1993, to clandestine hospitals in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, he has carried out life-saving operations and field surgery in the most challenging conditions, and with none of the resources of a major London teaching hospital. But he has also volunteered in areas blighted by natural disasters, such as the earthquakes in Haiti and Nepal. Driven both by compassion and passion, the desire to help others and the thrill of extreme personal danger, he is now widely acknowledged to be the most experienced trauma surgeon in the world. 'War Doctor' is his extraordinary story.
359 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1781259658
Hardback:Lying for money, how legendary frauds reveal the workings of the world:2018
Author: Davies, Dan
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Profile Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Financial crime seems horribly complicated but there are only so many ways you can con someone out of what's theirs. In fact, there are four. A veteran regulatory economist and market analyst, Dan Davies has years of experience picking the bones out of some of the most famous frauds of the modern age. Now he reveals the big picture that emerges from their labyrinths of deceit. Along the way you'll find out how to fake a gold mine with a wedding ring, a file, and a shotgun. You'll see how close Charles Ponzi, the king of pyramid schemes, came to acquiring his own private navy. You'll learn how fraud has shaped the entire development of the modern world economy. And you'll discover whether you have what it takes to be a white-collar criminal mastermind, if that's what you want to be.
312 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1473684439
Hardback:The guardians:2019
Author: Grisham, John
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: For 22 years Quincy Miller has sat on Death Row without friends, family or legal representation. He was accused of killing a Keith Russo, a lawyer in a small Florida town. But there were no witnesses and no motive. Just the fact that Quincy was black in an all-white town and that a blood-splattered torch was found in the boot of his car. A torch he swore was planted. A torch that conveniently disappeared from evidence just before his trial. But the police photographs of the torch were enough. In the eyes of the law Quincy is guilty and, no matter how often he protests his innocence, his punishment will be death. Finally, after 22 years, an innocence lawyer and minister, Cullen Post, takes on his case. But there were powerful and ruthless people behind Russo's murder. They prefer that an innocent man goes to his death than one of them.
375 pages ; 25 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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Paperback:The ashes of London:2017
Author: Taylor, Andrew, 1951 October 14-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: HarperCollinsPublishers, 2016 London, September 1666. The Great Fire rages through the city, consuming everything in its path. Even the impregnable cathedral of St. Paul's is engulfed in flames and reduced to ruins. Among the crowds watching its destruction is James Marwood, son of a disgraced printer, and reluctant government informer. In the aftermath of the fire, a semi-mummified body is discovered in the ashes of St. Paul's, in a tomb that should have been empty. The man's body has been mutilated and his thumbs have been tied behind his back. Under orders from the government, Marwood is tasked with hunting down the killer across the devastated city. But at a time of dangerous internal dissent and the threat of foreign invasion, Marwood finds his investigation leads him into treacherous waters - and across the path of a determined, beautiful and vengeful young woman.
482 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0552574244
Paperback:The sun is also a star:2016
Author: Yoon, Nicola
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Natasha: I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I'm definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is 12 hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won't be my story. Daniel: I've always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents' high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store - for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?
348 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1529330629
Hardback:The quest for Queen Mary:2018
Author: Pope-Hennessy, James
Author: Vickers, Hugo
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: When James Pope-Hennessy began his work on Queen Mary's official biography, it opened the door to meetings with royalty, court members and retainers around Europe. The series of candid observations, secrets and indiscretions contained in his notes were to be kept private for 50 years. Now published in full for the first time and edited by the highly admired royal biographer Hugo Vickers, this is a riveting, often hilarious portrait of the eccentric aristocracy of a bygone age.
335 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0008157103
Hardback:American monsters:2016
Author: Landy, Derek
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is the epic conclusion in the mind-blowing supernatural thriller from author Derek Landy, creator of international sensation 'Skulduggery Pleasant'.
361 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1472206452
Hardback:Breakdown:2016
Author: Kellerman, Jonathan
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Headline
Resource type: Physical
Note: Dr Alex Delaware first meets beautiful and emotionally fragile actress Zelda Chase when called upon to evaluate her five-year-old son. Years later, he is unexpectedly reunited with her when she is involuntarily committed after a bizarre psychotic episode. But tragedy strikes and shortly after her release, Zelda is discovered dead in the grounds of a palatial LA estate. Having experienced more than enough of the city's dark side to recognise the scent of evil, Alex turns to his friend, LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis, for help in finding the perpetrator, while he searches for Zelda's missing son. But when other victims vanish from the same upscale neighbourhood, worry soon turns to terror.
368 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
0241401232
Hardback:Agent running in the field:2019
Author: Le Carre, John, 1931-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
Note: Nat, a 47 year-old veteran of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him. Nat is to take over The Haven, a defunct substation of London General with a rag-tag band of spies. The only bright light on the team is young Florence, who has her eye on Russia Department and a Ukrainian oligarch with a finger in the Russia pie. Nat is not only a spy, he is a passionate badminton player. His regular Monday evening opponent is half his age: the introspective and solitary Ed. Ed hates Brexit, hates Trump and hates his job at some soulless media agency. And it is Ed, of all unlikely people, who will take Prue, Florence and Nat himself down the path of political anger that will ensnare them all.
281 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1785657828
Paperback:The cabin at the end of the world:2018
Author: Tremblay, Paul
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Titan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: A vacationing family is terrorised by four strangers who claim to be attempting to either avert or bring about the apocalypse. An intense novel of psychological horror and suspense that will keep readers guessing as to whether the struggle between the family and the strangers will not only result in lost lives but ultimately in the end of the world.
400 pages (pbk)
1509858636
Paperback:This is going to hurt, secret diaries of a junior doctor:2018
Author: Kay, Adam
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: Adam Kay was a junior doctor from 2004 until 2010, before a devastating experience on a ward caused him to reconsider his future. He kept a diary throughout his training, and 'This Is Going to Hurt' intersperses tales from the front line of the NHS with reflections on the current crisis. The result is a first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy, and a love letter to those who might at any moment be holding our lives in their hands.
xix, 279 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)