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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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Large print:The secret network of nature:2019
Author: Wohlleben, Peter, 1964-
Author: Billinghurst, Jane, 1958-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: ISIS
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the German Standard print edition of this translation originally published: London: The Bodley Head, 2018 The natural world is a web of intricate connections, many of which go unnoticed by humans. But it is these connections that maintain nature's finely balanced equilibrium, and tinkering with one tiny element can set off a chain reaction that affects an entire ecosystem. In this book, forester and bestselling author Peter Wohlleben opens our eyes to surprising connections and unlikely partnerships in nature. We'll see how different animals, plants, rivers, rocks and weather systems co-operate, and what happens when these delicate systems are unbalanced.
1 volume (large print) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0571340547
Paperback:Ask the fellows who cut the hay:2018
Author: Evans, George Ewart
Author: Bewick, Thomas
Year 2018
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
262 (Pbk)
1447284518
Paperback:Tombland:2019
Author: Sansom, C. J.
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Mantle, 2018 Two years after the death of Henry VIII, England is sliding into chaos. The nominal king, Edward VI, is eleven years old. His uncle Edward Seymour, Lord Hertford, rules as Protector. The extirpation of the old religion by radical Protestants is stirring discontent among the populace while the Protector's prolonged war with Scotland is proving a disastrous failure and threatens to involve France. Worst of all, the economy is in collapse, inflation rages and rebellion is stirring among the peasantry. Since the old King's death, Matthew Shardlake has been working as a lawyer in the service of Henry's younger daughter, the Lady Elizabeth. The gruesome murder of Edith Boleyn, the wife of John Boleyn - a distant Norfolk relation of Elizabeth's mother - which could have political implications for Elizabeth, brings Shardlake and his assistant Nicholas Overton to the summer assizes at Norwich.
865 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
014313017X
Paperback:The best of Richard Matheson:2017
Author: Matheson, Richard, 1926-2013,
Author: LaValle, Victor D., 1972-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Short story
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Resource type: Physical
Note: Among the greats of 20th century horror and fantasy, few names stand above Richard Matheson. Though known by many for novels like 'I Am Legend' and his sixteen 'Twilight Zone' episodes, Matheson truly shines in his chilling, masterful short stories. Matheson revolutionized horror by taking it out of Gothic castles and strange cosmos and into the darkened streets and suburbs we recognize as our own. He infuses tales of the fantastic and supernatural with dark explorations of human nature, delving deep into the universal dread of feeling alone and threatened in a dangerous world.
336 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1785769049
Hardback:Cilka's journey:2019
Author: Morris, Heather, (Screenwriter)
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Zaffre
Resource type: Physical
Note: Her beauty saved her life - and condemned her. Cilka is just 16 years old when she is taken to Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp, in 1942. The Commandant at Birkenau, Schwarzhuber, notices her long beautiful hair, and forces her separation from the other women prisoners. Cilka learns quickly that power, even unwillingly given, equals survival. After liberation, she is charged as a collaborator for sleeping with the enemy and sent to Siberia. But what choice did she have? And where did the lines of morality lie for Cilka, who was sent to Auschwitz when still a child? In a Siberian prison camp, she faces challenges both new and horribly familiar, including the unwanted attention of the guards. But when she makes an impression on a woman doctor, Cilka is taken under her wing. Cilka begins to tend to the ill in the camp, struggling to care for them under brutal conditions.
401 pages, maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
178800387X
Paperback:I, Cosmo:2019
Author: Sorosiak, Carlie
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Resource type: Physical
Note: Cosmo's family is falling apart. And it's up to Cosmo to keep them together. He knows exactly what to do. There's only one problem. Cosmo is a Golden Retriever.
263 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0670918660
Hardback:Arnhem, the battle for the bridges, 1944:2018
Author: Beevor, Antony, 1946-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
Note: Maps on lining papers The British fascination with heroic failure has clouded the story of Arnhem in myths. Antony Beevor, using often overlooked sources from Dutch, British, American, Polish and German archives, has reconstructed the terrible reality of the fighting, which General Student himself called 'The Last German Victory'. Yet this work, written in Beevor's inimitable and gripping narrative style, is about much more than a single, dramatic battle. It looks into the very heart of war.
xvii, 459 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0007504144
Paperback:Fools and mortals:2018
Author: Cornwell, Bernard
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017 'Fools and Mortals' follows the young Richard Shakespeare, an actor struggling to make his way in a company dominated by his estranged older brother, William. As the growth of theatre blooms, their rivalry - and that of the playhouses, playwrights and actors vying for acclaim and glory - propels a high-stakes story of conflict and betrayal.
416 pages, 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

 

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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1787472574
Hardback:The man with no face:2019:Revised edition
Author: May, Peter, 1951-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Edition: Revised edition
Publisher: riverrun
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: published as Hidden faces. London: Piatkus, 1981 Brussels, 1979. Jaded Edinburgh journalist Neil Bannerman arrives in the capital of European politics intent on digging up dirt. Yet it is danger he discovers, when two British men are found murdered.
406 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0224096400
Hardback:The red house:2012
Author: Haddon, Mark, 1962-
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Resource type: Physical
Note: After his mother's death, Richard decides to build bridges with his estranged sister, inviting Angela and her family for a week in a rented house on the Welsh border. Seven days of shared meals, log fires, card games and wet walks are in order, but in the quiet and stillness of the valley, ghosts begin to rise up. After his mother's death, Richard, a newly remarried hospital consultant, decides to build bridges with his estranged sister, inviting Angela and her family for a week in a rented house on the Welsh border. But in the quiet and stillness of the valley, ghosts begin to rise up
264 p. ; 24 cm (hbk)
0701188502
Hardback:Fallout:2014
Author: Jones, Sadie
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Radio tie-in Luke Kanowski is a young playwright: intense, magnetic, fleeing a disastrous upbringing in the North East. Arriving in London, he meets Paul Driscoll, an aspiring producer, and beautiful, fiery Leigh Radley. Luke, Paul and Leigh set up a radical theatre company, living and working together, a connection forged in the smoky late-nights of Chelsea's run-down flats and damp rehearsal rooms above pubs, candlelit during power cuts, where a new generation of writers and directors is fighting for its place. Nina Jacobs is a fragile actress, bullied by her mother and in thrall to a controlling producer. When Luke meets Nina he recognises a soul in danger and loyalty, friendship, everything he has fought for, is drawn into the heat of their collision.
405 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1405649267
Large print:The ice princess:2009:Large print ed
Author: Läckberg, Camilla, 1974-
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print ed
Publisher: Paragon
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: HarperCollins, 2007. Returning to her hometown after the funeral of her parents, writer Erica Falck finds a community on the brink of tragedy. The gruesome death of a childhood friend leads Erica to team up with a local detective to find answers. Originally published: London: HarperCollins, 2007
472 p. ; 25 cm (pbk)
1786331373
Hardback:The second sleep:2019
Author: Harris, Robert, 1957-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hutchinson
Resource type: Physical
Note: 1468. A young priest, Christopher Fairfax, arrives in a remote Exmoor village to conduct the funeral of his predecessor. The land around is strewn with ancient artefacts - coins, fragments of glass, human bones - which the old parson used to collect. Did his obsession with the past lead to his death? As Fairfax is drawn more deeply into the isolated community, everything he believes - about himself, his faith and the history of his world - is tested to destruction.
327 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1912374579
Paperback:Changeling:2019
Author: Wesolowski, Matt
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orenda Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: On Christmas Eve in 1988, seven-year-old Alfie Marsden vanished in the Wentshire Forest Pass, when a burst tyre forced his father, Sorrel, to stop the car. Leaving the car to summon the emergency services, Sorrel returned to find his son gone. No trace of the child, nor his remains, have ever been found. Alfie Marsden was declared officially dead in 1995. Elusive online journalist, Scott King, whose 'Six Stories' podcasts have become an internet sensation, investigates the disappearance, interviewing six witnesses, including Sorrel, his son and his ex-partner, to try to find out what really happened that fateful night. He takes a journey through the trees of the Wentshire Forest - a place synonymous with strange sightings, and tales of hidden folk who dwell there. He talks to a company that tried and failed to build a development in the forest, and a psychic who claims to know where Alfie is.
194 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1473669065
Hardback:Queenie Malone's Paradise Hotel:2019
Author: Hogan, Ruth, 1961-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Two Roads
Resource type: Physical
Note: Tilly was a bright, outgoing little girl who liked playing with ghosts and matches. She loved fizzy drinks, swear words, fish fingers and Catholic churches, but most of all she loved living in Brighton in Queenie Malone's magnificent Paradise Hotel with its endearing and loving family of misfits - staff and guests alike. But Tilly's childhood was shattered when her mother sent her away from the only home she'd ever loved to boarding school with little explanation and no warning. Now, Tilda has grown into an independent woman still damaged by her mother's unaccountable cruelty. Wary of people, her only friend is her dog, Eli. But when her mother dies, Tilda goes back to Brighton and with the help of her beloved Queenie sets about unravelling the mystery of her exile from The Paradise Hotel and discovers that her mother was not the woman she thought she knew at all.
322 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
0141986387
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)