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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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1405912790
Paperback:The Rosie project:2014
Author: Simsion, Graeme C.
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Meet Don Tillman. Don is getting married. He just doesn't know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. One thing he already knows, though, is that it's not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not. Originally published: London: Michael Joseph, 2013. Originally published: London: Michael Joseph, 2013 Meet Don Tillman. Don is getting married. He just doesn't know who to yet. But he has designed a very detailed questionnaire to help him find the perfect woman. One thing he already knows, though, is that it's not Rosie. Absolutely, completely, definitely not.
329 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1472154649
Hardback:Where the crawdads sing:2019
Author: Owens, Delia
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Corsair
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2018 How long can you protect your heart? For years, rumours of the 'Marsh Girl' have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in the marsh that she calls home, finding friends in the gulls and lessons in the sand. Then the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. When two young men from town become intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new life - until the unthinkable happens.
370 pages, map (black and white) ; 23 cm (hbk)
0008132046
Paperback:Cross her heart:2019
Author: Pinborough, Sarah, 1972-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018 When you think you're safe, you're not. When you think the past is over, it isn't. When you think you know someone, you don't. When you think you've guessed this twist, you haven't. One moment will change three women's lives forever.
373 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1780622031
Paperback:Wolf by wolf:2016
Author: Graudin, Ryan
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Indigo
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2015 Germany, 1956: it's over ten years since the Nazis won the war. 17-year-old Yael is part of the resistance, and she has just one mission: to kill Hitler. But first she's got to get close enough to him to do it. Experimented on during her time at Auschwitz, Yael has the unique ability to change her appearance at will. The only part of her which always remains are the five tattooed wolves on her arm; one for each of the people she's lost. Using her abilities, she must transform into Adele Wolfe, Germany's most famous female rider and winner of the legendary Axis Tour; an epic long distance motorcycle race from Berlin to Tokyo, where only the strongest (and wiliest) riders survive. If she can win this, she will be able to get close enough to kill the Fuhrer and change history forever.
349 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1444916440
Paperback:Dark sun and other stories:2013
Author: Muchamore, Robert
Author: Muchamore, Robert
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Short story
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes QR code Dark sun originally published: 2008 'Dark Sun' is a short novel aimed at new readers to CHERUB, originally written for World Book Day and now made available in print again by popular demand. To go with it are three stories never before seen in print: 'The Switch', 'CHERUB at Christmas' and 'Kerry's First Mission'.
159 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0099510588
Paperback:The museum of you:2017
Author: Bray, Carys
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Windmill Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Hutchinson, 2016 Clover Quinn was a surprise. She used to imagine she was the good kind, now she's not sure. She'd like to ask Dad about it, but growing up in the saddest chapter of someone else's story is difficult. She tries not to skate on the thin ice of his memories. Darren has done his best. He's studied his daughter like a seismologist on the lookout for waves and surrounded her with everything she might want - everything he can think of, at least - to be happy. What Clover wants is answers. This summer, she thinks she can find them in the second bedroom, which is full of her mother's belongings. Volume isn't important, what she is looking for is essence; the undiluted bits: a collection of things that will tell the full story of her mother, her father and who she is going to be. But what you find depends on what you're searching for.
360 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0712356096
Paperback:The secret of High Eldersham:2016
Author: Burton, Miles, 1884-1964,
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: The British Library
Resource type: Physical
Note: Samuel Whitehead, landlord of the Rose and Crown, is a stranger in the lonely East Anglian village of High Eldersham. When the newcomer is stabbed to death in his pub, and Scotland Yard are called to the scene, it seems that the veil dividing High Eldersham from the outside world is about to be lifted. Detective Inspector Young forms a theory about the case so utterly impossible that merely entertaining the suspicion makes him doubt his own sanity. Surrounded by sinister forces beyond his understanding, and feeling the need of rational assistance, he calls on a brilliant amateur and 'living encyclopedia', Desmond Merrion. Soon Merrion falls for the charms of a young woman in the village, Mavis Owerton. But does Mavis know more about the secrets of the village than she is willing to admit?
256 pages ; 19 cm (pbk)
1849536872
Paperback:Eat, sleep, cycle, a bike ride around the coast of Britain:[2015]
Author: Hughes, Anna
Year [2015]
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Summersdale
Resource type: Physical
Note: For Anna, a cycling enthusiast, the decision to ride 4,000 miles solo around the coast of the UK wasn't that hard. But after epic highs, incredible lows, unforgettable scenery and unpronounceable place names, her simple idea turns into a compelling journey of self-discovery, and an eye-opening insight into what makes the island where she lives so s. For Anna, a cycling enthusiast, the decision to ride 4,000 miles solo around the coast of the UK wasn't that hard. But after epic highs, incredible lows, unforgettable scenery and unpronounceable place names, her simple idea turns into a compelling journey of self-discovery, and an eye-opening insight into what makes the island where she lives so special.
319 pages, illustration (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1784163465
Paperback:Meet me at the museum:2019
Author: Youngson, Anne
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2018 Professor Kristian Larsen, an urbane man of facts, has lost his wife, along with his hopes and dreams for the future. He does not know that a query from a Mrs Tina Hopgood about a world-famous antiquity in his museum is about to alter the course of his life. Oceans apart, an unexpected correspondence flourishes as they discover shared passions: for history and nature; for useless objects left behind by loved ones; for the ancient and modern world, what is lost in time, what is gained and what has stayed the same. Through intimate stories of joy, anguish, and discovery, each one bares their soul to the other. But when Tina's letters suddenly cease, Kristian is thrown into despair. Can this unlikely friendship survive?
228 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008172110
Hardback:Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine:2017
Author: Honeyman, Gail
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: Eleanor Oliphant leads a simple life. She wears the same clothes to work every day, eats the same meal deal for lunch every day and buys the same two bottles of vodka to drink every weekend. Eleanor Oliphant is happy. Nothing is missing from her carefully timetabled life. Except, sometimes, everything. One simple act of kindness is about to shatter the walls Eleanor has built around herself. Now she must learn how to navigate the world that everyone else seems to take for granted - while searching for the courage to face the dark corners she's avoided all her life.
485 pages ; 23 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:Larklight, or, The revenge of the white spiders!, or, To Saturn's rings and back!, a rousing tale of dauntless Pluck and the farthest reaches of space:2019
Author: Reeve, Philip
Author: Wyatt, David, 1968-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2006 Arthur (Art) Mumsby and his irritating sister Myrtle live with their father Revd Marmaduke Mumsby in the huge and rambling house, Larklight, travelling through space on a remote orbit far beyond the moon. One ordinary sort of morning, they receive a correspondence informing them that a gentleman is on his way to visit, a Mr Webster.
399 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0192759159
Paperback:Station zero:2018
Author: Reeve, Philip
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: The Great Network is changing. New worlds, new alliances, new enmities. For Threnody the changes have brought great power. For Zen and Nova they have brought separation. For the trains that run from world to world, they have brought questions. Now all of them must find out what really matters to them and who they really are.
281 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1780890699
Hardback:Merry Christmas, Alex Cross:2012
Author: Patterson, James, 1947-
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Century
Resource type: Physical
Note: It's Christmas Eve in Washington DC, Detective Alex Cross is at home with his family decorating the tree and enjoying a Cross family tradition, a big bowl of egg nog, when he receives a phone call that causes the festivities to be put on hold. It's Christmas Eve in Washington DC. Detective Alex Cross is at home with his family decorating the tree and enjoying a Cross family tradition, a big bowl of egg nog, when he receives a phone call that causes the festivities to be put on hold.
323 p. ; 24 cm (hbk)
0593078187
Hardback:The midnight line:2017
Author: Child, Lee
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Jack Reacher takes an aimless stroll past a pawn shop in a small Midwestern town. In the window he sees a West Point class ring from 2005. It's tiny. It's a woman cadet's graduation present to herself. Why would she give it up? Reacher's a West Pointer too, and he knows what she went through to get it. Reacher tracks the ring back to its owner, step by step, down a criminal trail leading west. Like Bigfoot coming out of the forest, he arrives in the deserted wilds of Wyoming. All he wants is to find the woman. If she's OK, he'll walk away. But if she's not?
391 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1787632199
Hardback:Blue moon:2019
Author: Child, Lee
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: In a nameless city, two ruthless rival criminal gangs, one Albanian, the other Ukrainian, are competing for control. But they hadn't counted on Jack Reacher arriving on their patch. Reacher is trained to notice things. He's on a Greyhound bus, watching an elderly man sleeping in his seat, with a fat envelope of cash hanging out of his pocket. Another passenger is watching too - obviously hoping to get rich quick. As the mugger makes his move, Reacher steps in. The old man is grateful, yet he turns down Reacher's offer to help him home. He's vulnerable, scared, and clearly in big, big trouble. What hold could the gangs possibly have on the old guy? Will Reacher sit back and let bad things happen? Or can he twist the situation to everyone's benefit?
373 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0007532571
Hardback:The death trade:2014
Author: Higgins, Jack, 1929-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers
Resource type: Physical
Note: The world's most dangerous man has escaped - and it's up to Sean Dillon and Co to find him, before he falls into the hands of al Qaeda. When Iran's head of nuclear weapons programme absconds he is hunted by everyone: the Iranians, al Qaeda and Sean Dillon's team of specialists. Travelling from London, Paris, and the Middle East to the desert wastes. The world's most dangerous man has escaped - and it's up to Sean Dillon and Co to find him, before he falls into the hands of Al Qaeda. When the head of Iran's nuclear weapons programme absconds he is hunted by everyone: the Iranians, Al Qaeda and Sean Dillon's team of specialists. Travelling from London, Paris, and the Middle East to the desert wastes of North Africa, it becomes a must-win race. Because what the scientist knows could be used to save lives, or bring about the end of all life.
340 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0091960142
Hardback:Louis van Gaal, the biography:2014
Author: Meijer, Maarten
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Ebury Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Who is Louis Van Gaal? An inflexible ex-PE teacher who only knows how to act like a dictator or a footballing visionary that has made him one of the greatest ever European managers? This biography offers psychological insight - from his earliest roots to his greatest triumphs - into the man given the task of returning the glory days to Manchester U. Who is Louis Van Gaal? An inflexible ex-PE teacher who only knows how to act like a dictator or a footballing visionary that has made him one of the greatest ever European managers? This biography offers psychological insight - from his earliest roots to his greatest triumphs - into the man given the task of returning the glory days to Manchester United.
308 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0593075404
Hardback:The Outsider: My Life in Intrigue:2015
Author: Forsyth, Frederick
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Trained first as a pilot, then as a journalist, Frederick Forsyth finally turned to fiction and became one of the most lauded thriller writers of our time. As exciting as his novels, Forsyth's autobiography is a candid look at an extraordinary life lived to the full, a life whose unique experiences have provided rich inspiration for thirteen intern. Trained first as a pilot, then as a journalist, Frederick Forsyth finally turned to fiction and became one of the most lauded thriller writers of our time. As exciting as his novels, Forsyth's autobiography is a candid look at an extraordinary life lived to the full, a life whose unique experiences have provided rich inspiration for thirteen internationally bestselling thrillers.
367 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)