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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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0141377615
Paperback:Pollyanna:2018:New edition ; illustrated by Neil Reed
Author: Porter, Eleanor H., 1868-1920,
Author: Reed, Neil
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New edition ; illustrated by Neil Reed
Publisher: Puffin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: This edition originally published: 1994 Originally published: London: Harrap, 1927 As soon as Pollyanna arrives in Beldingsville to live with her strict and dutiful maiden aunt, she begins to brighten up everybody's life. The 'glad game' she plays, of finding a silver lining in every cloud, transforms the sick, the lonely and the plain miserable - until one day something so terrible happens that even Pollyanna doesn't know how to feel glad about it.
266 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 18 cm (pbk)
1472248996
Paperback:Come and find me:2018
Author: Hilary, Sarah
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Headline
Resource type: Physical
Note: On the surface, Lara Chorley and Ruth Hull have nothing in common, other than their infatuation with Michael Vokey. Each is writing to a sadistic inmate, sharing her secrets, whispering her worst fears, craving his attention. DI Marnie Rome understands obsession. She's finding it hard to give up her own addiction to a dangerous man: her foster brother, Stephen Keele. She wasn't able to save her parents from Stephen. She lives with that guilt every day. As the hunt for Vokey gathers pace, Marnie fears one of the women may have found him - and is about to pay the ultimate price.
376 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141369760
Paperback:Murder most unladylike:2016
Author: Stevens, Robin, 1988-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Corgi, 2014 When Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong set up their very own deadly secret detective agency at Deepdean School for Girls, they struggle to find any truly exciting mysteries to investigate. But then Hazel discovers the Science Mistress, Miss Bell, lying dead in the Gym. She thinks it must all have been a terrible accident - but when she and Daisy return five minutes later, the body has disappeared. Now the girls know a murder must have taken place - and there's more than one person at Deepdean with a motive.
323 pages, illustration (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
055216853X
Paperback:Morning Frost:2014
Author: Henry, James
Author: Wingfield, R. D.
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Corgi Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: 5 October, 1982. It's been one of the worst days of Detective Sergeant Jack Frost's life. He has buried his wife Mary, and must now endure the wake, attended by all of Denton's finest. All, that is, apart from DC Sue Clark, who spends the night pursuing a bogus tip-off, before being summoned to the discovery of a human hand. And things get worst. L. Originally published: London: Bantam Press, 2013 5 October, 1982. It's been one of the worst days of Detective Sergeant Jack Frost's life. He has buried his wife Mary, and must now endure the wake, attended by all of Denton's finest. All, that is, apart from DC Sue Clark, who spends the night pursuing a bogus tip-off, before being summoned to the discovery of a human hand. And things get worst. Local entrepreneur Harry Baskin is shot outside his club, and off-licence is set on fire and a famous painting goes missing.
474 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1407131729
Paperback:Life according to... Alice B. Lovely:2012
Author: McCombie, Karen
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Paperback. Edie Evans is sick of being treated like a kid. And she doesn't, repeat, doesn't need a babysitter. And then along comes the strange, the shy, the captivating Alice B Lovely. Suddenly Edie shakes off her cynicism, monosyllabic Stan gets giddy and giggly, and even Mum and Dad seem to relax once Alice is around, spinning her fabulous tales Edie is sick of being treated like a kid, she doesn't need a babysitter! And then along comes the strange, the shy, the captivating Alice B. Lovely. Suddenly Edie shakes off her cynicism, Stan gets giddy and giggly and even Mum and Dad relax once Alice is around, spinning her tales and coming up with left-field babysitting fun.
248 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1788000595
Paperback:When good geeks go bad:2019
Author: Wilkins, Catherine, (Teen fiction writer)
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Ella's dad refuses to let her have cool school shoes or stay up later than 9:30, Ella decides to take things into her own hands. Being good hasn't got her anywhere, so why not try being bad for a while? It certainly looks a lot more fun and what's a few detentions here and there? But going bad is a slippery slope and soon things are starting to spiral out of control. Can Ella get things back on track? Or is she going to end up with egg on her face?
253 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1405287063
Paperback:Amelia Fang and the unicorn lords:2018
Author: Anderson, Laura Ellen
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Egmont
Resource type: Physical
Note: Amelia Fang is the biggest hearted vampiress you'll ever meet. In this adventure, she and her friends Florence the yeti (DON'T CALL HER BEAST), Grimaldi the Death and Prince Tangine (reformed spoiled sprout), along with her pet pumpkin Squashy, must brave the journey to the terrifying Kingdom of the Light to try to find Tangine's missing mother, Queen Fairyweather. But with unicorns, fairies and angel-kittens lurking around every corner, who can they trust?
219 pages, illustrations (black and white), map (black and white) ; 19 cm (pbk)
0349134286
Paperback:Everything I never told you:2014
Author: Ng, Celeste
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Blackfriars
Resource type: Physical
Note: Lydia is the favourite child of Marilyn and James Lee; a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue - in Marilyn's case that her daughter become a doctor rather than a homemaker, in James's case that Lydia be popular at school, a girl with a busy social life and the centre of every party. But Lydia is under pressures that have nothing to do with growing up in 1970s small town Ohio. When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, James is consumed by guilt and sets out on a reckless path that may destroy his marriage.
304 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241973031
Paperback:In order to live, a North Korean girl's journey to freedom:2016
Author: Park, Yeonmi, 1993-
Author: Vollers, Maryanne
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Radio tie-in Originally published: New York: Penguin, 2015 'I am most grateful for two things: that I was born in North Korea, and that I escaped from North Korea.' Yeonmi Park was not dreaming of freedom when she escaped from North Korea. She didn't even know what it meant to be free. All she knew was that she was running for her life, that if she and her family stayed behind they would die - from starvation, or disease, or even execution. This book is the story of Park's struggle to survive in the darkest, most repressive country on earth; her harrowing escape through China's underworld of smugglers and human traffickers; and then her escape from China across the Gobi desert to Mongolia, with only the stars to guide her way, and from there to South Korea and at last to freedom; and finally her emergence as a leading human rights activist - all before her 21st birthday.
273 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white), map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)

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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1405934131
Paperback:Mythos:2018
Author: Fry, Stephen, 1957-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: UK: Michael Joseph, 2017 The Greek myths are the greatest stories ever told, passed down through millennia and inspiring writers and artists as varied as Shakespeare, Michelangelo, James Joyce and Walt Disney. They are embedded deeply in the traditions, tales and cultural DNA of the West. In Stephen Fry's hands the stories of the titans and gods become a brilliantly entertaining account of ribaldry and revelry, warfare and worship, debauchery, love affairs and life lessons, slayings and suicides, triumphs and tragedies. You'll fall in love with Zeus, marvel at the birth of Athena, wince at Cronus and Gaia's revenge on Ouranos, weep with King Midas and hunt with the beautiful and ferocious Artemis. Thoroughly spellbinding, informative and moving, Stephen Fry's 'Mythos' perfectly captures these stories for the modern age - in all their rich and deeply human relevance.
ix, 441 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241983207
Paperback:The silence of the girls:2019
Author: Barker, Pat, 1943-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: UK: Hamish Hamilton, 2018 When her city falls to the Greeks, Briseis's old life is shattered. She is transformed from queen to captive, from free woman to slave, awarded to the god-like warrior Achilles as a prize of war. And she's not alone. On the same day, and on many others in the course of a long and bitter war, innumerable women have been wrested from their homes and flung to the fighters. The Trojan War is known as a man's story: a quarrel between men over a woman, stolen from her home and spirited across the sea. But what of the other women in this story, silenced by history? What words did they speak when alone with each other, in the laundry, at the loom, when laying out the dead?
325 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1409183521
Paperback:A home from home:2019
Author: Henry, Veronica
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion
Resource type: Physical
Note: Dragonfly Farm has been a home and a haven for generations of Melchiors - arch rivals to the Culbones, the wealthy family who live the other side of the river. Life there is dictated by the seasons and cider-making, and everyone falls under its spell. For cousins Tabitha and Georgia, it has always been a home from home. When a tragedy befalls their beloved great-uncle Matthew, it seems the place where they've always belonged might now belong to them. But the will reveals that a third of the farm has also been left to Gabriel Culbone. As the first apples start to fall for the cider harvest, will Dragonfly Farm begin to give up its secrets?
399 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
000830131X
Hardback:Sleep:2019
Author: Taylor, C. L., 1973-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Avon
Resource type: Physical
Note: All Anna wants is to be able to sleep. But crushing insomnia, terrifying night terrors and memories of that terrible night are making it impossible. If only she didn't feel so guilty. To escape her past, Anna takes a job at a hotel on the remote Scottish island of Rum, but when seven guests join her, what started as a retreat from the world turns into a deadly nightmare. Each of the guests have a secret, but one of them is lying - about who they are and why they're on the island. There's a murderer staying in the Bay View hotel. And they've set their sights on Anna.
356 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1782951679
Paperback:Dolphin splashdown:2013
Author: Chapman, Linda
Author: Misra, Michelle
Author: Jones, Damien
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Red Fox
Resource type: Physical
Note: At head of title: WWF Emily's fun-filled summer holiday in Florida is cut short when her mum gets an urgent call from the WWF. Soon they are exploring the Mexican coast, where Emily meets a new wild friend - baby dolphin Coral! But danger is just around the corner. Can Emily save Coral in time?
73 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)