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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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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)
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)
1509889566
Hardback:The long call:2019
Author: Cleeves, Ann
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Macmillan
Resource type: Physical
Note: Maps on lining papers Sunday Times bestselling author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope series, Ann Cleeves returns with the first in a brand new series set in North Devon and featuring Detective Matthew Venn. In this rural idyll, where two rivers meet, crime is always there waiting to rise from the water.
374 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0857502476
Paperback:The queen of the Tearling:2015
Author: Johansen, Erika
Year 2015
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bantam Books
Resource type: Physical
487 (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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1471172724
Hardback:Tidelands:2019
Author: Gregory, Philippa
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Midsummer's Eve, 1648, and England is in the grip of civil war between renegade King and rebellious Parliament. Alinor, a descendant of wise women, crushed by poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life. Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor's ambition and determination mark her out from her neighbours. This is the time of witch-mania, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands.
438 pages, map (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0008284660
Paperback:Lies, lies, lies:2019
Author: Parks, Adele
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HQ
Resource type: Physical
Note: Daisy and Simon's marriage is great, isn't it? After years together, the arrival of longed-for daughter Millie sealed everything in place. A happy little family of three. And so what if Simon drinks a bit too much sometimes - Daisy's used to it, she knows he's letting off steam. Until one night at a party things spiral horribly out of control. And that happy little family of three will never be the same again.
435 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1407466291
DAISY:Notwithstanding:2011
Author: De Bernieres, Louis
Author: Grady, Mike
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: DAISY
Content type: Short story
Publisher: Clipper Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Compact discs These stories have accumulated over the years, and have become fictions rather than memoirs, transformed by a novelist's inability to stick to the truth. The characters appear in each others' stories, giving a picture of an entire community and a beautiful landscape. Compact discs.
8. - sound discs(8 hr., 30 min.) : digital, stereo ; 4 3/4 in
1787300439
Hardback:The turn of the key:2019
Author: Ware, Ruth
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Harvill Secker
Resource type: Physical
Note: When she stumbles across the advert, she's looking for something else completely. But it seems like too good an opportunity to miss: a live-in nanny position, with a staggeringly generous salary. And when Rowan arrives at Heatherbrae House, she is smitten by the luxurious 'smart' home fitted out with all modern conveniences, by the beautiful Scottish Highlands, and by this picture-perfect family. What she doesn't know is that she's stepping into a nightmare - one that will end with a child dead and her in a cell awaiting trial for murder. She knows she's made mistakes. But, she maintains, she's not guilty - at least not of murder. Which means someone else is.
343 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
140718041X
Paperback:The surface breaks:2018
Author: O'Neill, Louise, 1985-
Author: Andersen, H. C., 1805-1875
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018 Deep beneath the sea off the cold Irish coast, Gaia is a young mermaid who dreams of being human - but at what terrible price? Hans Christian Andersen's dark original fairy tale is reimagined through a feminist lens, with the writing and world building that has won Louise her legions of devoted fans.
369 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0718158008
Paperback:I can't begin to tell you:2015
Author: Buchan, Elizabeth
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Denmark, 1940. War has come and everyone must choose a side. For British-born Kay Eberstern, living on her husband Bror's country estate, the Nazi invasion and occupation of her adopted country is a time of terrible uncertainty and inner conflict. With Bror desperate to preserve the legacy of his family home, even if it means co-existing with the e. Originally published: London: Michael Joseph, 2014 Denmark, 1940. War has come and everyone must choose a side. For British-born Kay Eberstern, living on her husband Bror's country estate, the Nazi invasion and occupation of her adopted country is a time of terrible uncertainty and inner conflict. With Bror desperate to preserve the legacy of his family home, even if it means co-existing with the enemy, Kay knows she cannot do the same. Lured by British Intelligence into a covert world of resistance and sabotage, her betrayal of Bror is complete as she puts her family in danger.
497 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0751552216
Paperback:Time of death:2016
Author: Billingham, Mark
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sphere
Resource type: Physical
Note: Two schoolgirls are abducted in the small, dying Warwickshire town of Polesford, driving a knife into the heart of the community where police officer Helen Weeks grew up and from which she long ago escaped. But this is a place full of secrets, where dangerous truths lie buried. Originally published: 2015. Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2015 Two schoolgirls are abducted in the small, dying Warwickshire town of Polesford, driving a knife into the heart of the community where police officer Helen Weeks grew up and from which she long ago escaped. But this is a place full of secrets, where dangerous truths lie buried. When it's splashed all over the press that family man Stephen Bates has been arrested, Helen and her partner Tom Thorne head to the flooded town to support Bates' wife - an old school friend of Helen's - who is living under siege with two teenage children and convinced of her husband's innocence. As residents and media bay for Bates' blood, a decomposing body is found. The police believe they have their murderer in custody, but one man believes otherwise. With a girl still missing, Thorne sets himself on a collision course with local police, townsfolk - and a merciless killer.
538 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1526611635
Hardback:Three women:2019
Author: Taddeo, Lisa
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
Resource type: Physical
Note: All Lina wanted was to be desired. How did she end up in a marriage with two children and a husband who wouldn't touch her? All Maggie wanted was to be understood. How did she end up in a relationship with her teacher and then in court, a hated pariah in her small town? All Sloane wanted was to be admired. How did she end up a sexual object of men, including her husband, who liked to watch her have sex with other men and women?
x, 306 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)