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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:The aftermath:2014
Author: Brook, Rhidian
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Hamburg, 1946. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city, Colonel Lewis Morgan is requisitioned a house, where he will be joined by his wife, Rachael, and son, Edmund. But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his daughter, to leave their home, he insists that the two families live together. Originally published: L. Originally published: London: Viking, 2013 Hamburg, 1946. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city, Colonel Lewis Morgan is requisitioned a house, where he will be joined by his wife, Rachael, and son, Edmund. But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his daughter, to leave their home, he insists that the two families live together.
326 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1444837990
Large print:Last seen:2018:Large print edition
Author: Clarke, Lucy, 1981-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition
Publisher: Charnwood
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Harper, 2017 Seven years ago, two boys went missing at sea - and only one was brought to shore. The Sandbank, a remote stretch of coast dotted with beach huts, was scarred forever. Sarah's son survived, but on the anniversary of the accident, he disappears without trace. As new secrets begin to surface, the Sandbank hums with tension and unanswered questions. Sarah's search grows more desperate and she starts to mistrust everyone she knows - and she's right to. Someone saw everything on that fateful day. And they'll do anything to keep the truth buried.
472 pages (large print) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1849019819
Paperback:The Auschwitz violin:2011:New pbk. ed.
Author: Anglada, Maria Angels, 1930-1999
Author: Anglada, Maria Angels, 1930-1999
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Corsair
Resource type: Physical
Note: This translation originally published as The violin of Auschwitz. New York: Bantam; as The Auschwitz violin. London: Bantam, 2010 Imprisoned at Auschwitz, Daniel feels his humanity slipping away. Then a visit from a mysterious stranger changes everything, as Daniel's former identity as a crafter of fine violins is revealed to all. Interspersed with chilling Nazi documentation, this novel is a testament to the strength of the human spirit. This translation originally published: New York: Bantam; London: Corsair, 2010. Translated from the Catalan
128 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
095662037X
Paperback:New York Night
Author: Leather, Stephen
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Publisher Unknown
Resource type: Physical
0330458558
Paperback:The personal history of Rachel DuPree:2009:New pbk. ed.
Author: Weisgarber, Ann
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Pan
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'The Personal History of Rachel Dupree' is a a novel about family and motherhood, homeland and belonging, and a woman's courage in the face of the most punishing adversity. Originally published: Basingstoke: Macmillan New Writing, 2008
307 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241295939
Hardback:Love is blind, the rapture of Brodie Moncur:2018
Author: Boyd, William, 1952-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Love is Blind' is William Boyd's sweeping, heart-stopping new novel - set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life. When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future - and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum. Moving from Paris to St Petersburg to Edinburgh and back again, Brodie's love for Lika and its dangerous consequences pursue him around Europe and beyond, during an era of overwhelming change as the 19th century becomes the 20th.
370 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0718183878
Hardback:Down to the woods:2018
Author: Arlidge, M. J.
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Resource type: Physical
Note: "Eigth DI Helen Grace thriller"--Dust jacket There is a sickness in the forest. First, it was the wild horses. Now it's innocent men and women, hunted down and murdered by a faceless figure. Lost in the darkness, they try to flee, they try to hide. In desperation, they call out for help. But there is no-one to hear their cries here. DI Helen Grace must face down a new nightmare. The arrow-ridden victims hang from the New Forest's ancient oaks, like pieces of strange fruit. Why are helpless holidaymakers being targeted in peak camping season? And what do their murders signify? Is a psychopath stalking the forest? Is there an occult element to the killings? Could the murders even be an offering to the Forest itself? Helen must walk into the darkness to discover the truth behind her most challenging, most macabre case yet.
471 pages ; 25 cm (hbk)
1786069660
Paperback:Dead in the water, bringing down my brother's killer after his 38 years on the run:2018
Author: Farmer, Penny
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: John Blake Publishing
Resource type: Physical
Note: This is a study of the brutal torture and murder of the author's brother and his fiancee 40 years ago. In July 1978, two bodies were found in the sea off the coast of Guatemala, and proved to be the remains of Chris Farmer and Peta Frampton, respectively a medical graduate and a law graduate, aged 25 and 24, from Greater Manchester. They had been beaten, tortured and killed, their bodies weighted down and dumped in the sea from the yacht on which they had been crewing. For nearly 40 years, no one was charged with these savage murders, even though the name of the yacht, the Justin B., and its owner, an American named Silas Boston, were known.
xiv, 287 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour), map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0099496941
Paperback:All quiet on the Western Front:2005:Reprint.
Author: Remarque, Erich Maria, 1898-1970
Author: Murdoch, Brian, 1944-
Year 2005
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Reprint.
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: First published in German in 1929 Translated from German by Brian Murdoch afterword by the translater. This story is told by a young soldier in the trenches of Flanders during the First World War. Through his eyes we see the realities of war. Incidents are vividly described, but there is no sense of adventure, only the feeling of youth betrayed. This translation originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1994 Includes bibliographical references
216 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1444837419
Large print:Insidious intent:2018:Large print edition
Author: McDermid, Val
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition
Publisher: Charnwood
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2017 A quiet night on a country road. The stillness shattered by a car engulfed in flames, and a burned body discovered in the driver's seat. As the investigation unfolds, DCI Carol Jordan and psychological profiler Tony Hill quickly realise that this is more than just a tragic accident. And so begins the hunt for a truly terrifying killer, someone who believes he is invisible, untraceable and untouchable. As other victims are found to have met the same terrible fate, and with more women at risk, Tony and Carol are drawn into a dark and twisted web of fear and revenge that will force them to question their own ideas of justice.
520 pages (large print) ; 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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1408708213
Hardback:The lost man:2019
Author: Harper, Jane
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Little, Brown
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes QR code to access audio edition Originally published: Sydney: Pan Macmillan Australia Pty Ltd, 2018 Two brothers meet at the remote fence line separating their cattle farms under the relenting sun of the remote outback. In an isolated part of Western Australia, they are each other's nearest neighbour, their homes three hours' drive apart. They are at the stockman's grave, a landmark so old that no one can remember who is buried there. But today, the scant shadow it casts was the last hope for their middle brother, Cameron, who lies dead at their feet. Something had been on Cam's mind. Did he choose to walk to his death? Because if he didn't, the isolation of the outback leaves few suspects.
366 pages, map (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1471112152
Paperback:The Museum of Extraordinary Things:2015
Author: Hoffman, Alice
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Coney Island, 1911: Coralie Sardie is the daughter of a self-proclaimed scientist and professor who acts as the impresario of The Museum of Extraordinary Things, a boardwalk freak show offering amazement and entertainment to the masses. An extraordinary swimmer, Coralie appears as the Mermaid alongside performers like the Wolfman, the Butterfly Gir. Originally published: 2014 New York City, 1911. Meet Coralie Sardie, circus girl, web-fingered mermaid, shy only daughter of Professor Sardie and raised in the bizarre surroundings of his Museum of Extraordinary Things. And meet Eddie Cohen, a handsome young immigrant who has run away from his painful past and his Orthodox family to become a photographer, documenting life on the teeming city streets. One night by the freezing waters of the Hudson River, Coralie stumbles across Eddie, who has become enmeshed in the case of a missing girl, and the fates of these two hopeful outcasts collide as they search for truth, beauty, love and freedom in tumultuous times.
368 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
178648739X
Hardback:The stranger diaries:2018
Author: Griffiths, Elly
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Clare Cassidy is no stranger to murder. As a literature teacher specialising in the gothic writer RM Holland, she teaches a short course on it every year. Then Clare's life and work collide tragically when one of her colleagues is found dead, a line from an RM Holland story by her body. The investigating police detective is convinced the writer's works somehow hold the key to the case. Not knowing who to trust, and afraid that the killer is someone she knows, Clare confides her darkest suspicions and fears about the case to her journal. Then one day she notices some other writing in the diary - writing that isn't hers.
410 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
MM00244925
DVD:The shape of water:2018
Author: Toro, Guillermo del, 1964-
Author: Desplat, Alexandre
Author: Hawkins, Sally, 1976-
Author: Shannon, Michael, 1974-
Author: Jenkins, Richard, 1947-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: DVD
Publisher: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Resource type: Physical
Note: Extras to be confirmed, Region 2, 1 disc(s), Interactive menus, Languages (English), Other documentaries ('A Fairy Tale for Troubled Times') Made in 2017 Romantic fantasy drama from film-maker Guillermo del Toro starring Sally Hawkins and Octavia Spencer. Mute cleaner Elisa Esposito (Hawkins) works in a government laboratory in 1960s Baltimore. When the lab takes delivery of a classified experiment Elisa's life changes forever. Inside a mysterious water tank is a creature that was caught in a South American river by Colonel Richard Strickland (Michael Shannon). While cleaning one day, Elisa discovers that the creature is in fact a humanoid amphibian (Doug Jones) for which she quickly develops romantic feelings. When she learns of the creature's fate at the hands of the Colonel, she sets a plan in motion to kidnap him and return him to the sea. The cast also includes Richard Jenkins, Michael Stuhlbarg and David Hewlett. BBFC code: 15
1. - videodisc(123 min.), col.
MM00254323
DVD:Johnny English strikes again:2019
Author: Kerr, David
Author: Goodall, Howard
Author: Atkinson, Rowan
Author: Kurylenko, Olga
Author: Miller, Ben, 1966-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: DVD
Publisher: Universal Pictures
Resource type: Physical
Note: Extras to be confirmed, Region 2, 1 disc(s), Interactive menus, Languages (English) Made in 2018 Rowan Atkinson reprises his role as incompetent secret agent Johnny English in this comedy sequel directed by David Kerr. When a sophisticated cyber-attack reveals the identities of all of Britain's active undercover agents, the government are left with no choice but to turn to English for help. Coming out of retirement, English once again teams up with Angus Bough (Ben Miller) and sets out on a dangerous mission to track down the hacker. However, it's not long before English runs into trouble when he comes across the alluring Ophelia (Olga Kurylenko) while also having problems with the Secret Service's array of modern gadgets. BBFC code: PG
1. - videodisc(89 min.), col.
MM00252531
DVD:A star is born:2019
Author: Cooper, Bradley
Author: Lady Gaga
Author: Elliott, Sam, 1944-
Author: Clay, Andrew Dice
Year 2019
Language: English, Dutch, French, Greek, Italian
Media class: DVD
Publisher: Warner Bros. Home Ent.
Resource type: Physical
Note: Region 2, 1 disc(s), Disc format DVD 9 dual layer, Interactive menus, Ratio (1:1.78 (16:9) widescreen), Languages (English, French, Italian), Sound (Dolby Digital 5.1), Subtitles (English, Dutch, French, Greek, Italian), Subtitles for hard of hearing (English, Italian), Audio description, Bonus tracks (Music videos: 'Shallow' by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper and 'Always Remember Us This Way' by Lady Gaga) Made in 2018 Bradley Cooper directs and stars in this romantic musical drama alongside Lady Gaga. The film follows troubled country music star Jackson Maine (Cooper) as he meets and falls for aspiring singer-songwriter Ally (Lady Gaga) after seeing her perform at a roadside bar. Recognising her talent, Jackson invites Ally to perform with him and the pair forms an onstage partnership that sends her soaring towards pop superstardom. As she strives to achieve her dream, their offstage relationship begins to break down as Jackson struggles to maintain control over his inner demons. BBFC code: 15
1. - videodisc(130 min.), col.
1408345102
Paperback:Debbie the duckling fairy:2017
Author: Meadows, Daisy
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orchard
Resource type: Physical
Note: Kirsty and Rachel are going to the Fluttering Fairyland Farm to meet the Baby Farm Animal Fairies. But when nasty Jack Frost casts a spell on the fairies' special pets, farm animals everywhere start behaving very strangely! Can the girls help Debbie the Duckling Fairy put things right?
72 pages, illustrations (black and white), map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408349779
Paperback:Tiana the toy fairy:2016
Author: Meadows, Daisy
Author: Ripper, Georgie
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orchard
Resource type: Physical
Note: "Inspired by the YouTube sensation, Toys and me"--Front cover Tiana's special magic looks after toys and fun times everywhere. But when naughty Jack Frost steals her shiny magical marble, toys everywhere stop working the way they should, and ruin everyone's fun! Kirsty and Rachel must travel with Tiana to the magical Land of Toys and help find Jack Frost and his goblins, and get the marble back.
72 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)