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Like chatting about books? Like chatting about books?

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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1780893558
Hardback:Pretty girls:2015
Author: Slaughter, Karin, 1971-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Century
Resource type: Physical
Note: With a missing girl in the news, Claire Scott can't help but be reminded of her sister, who disappeared 20 years ago in a mystery that was never solved. But when she begins to learn the truth about what happened, nothing will ever be the same.
535 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1848454120
Paperback:Behind closed doors:2016
Author: Paris, B. A.
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Resource type: Physical
Note: Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn't work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.
384 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1785760459
Paperback:Exile:2017
Author: Swallow, James
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Zaffre
Resource type: Physical
Note: Racing breathlessly from uncharted CIA prisons to the skyscrapers of Dubai, from stormbeaten oil rigs off the African coast to the ancient caverns beneath the city of Naples, Marc Dane returns in the explosive new thriller from the internationally bestselling author of 'Nomad'.
564 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008240906
Paperback:The cosy canal boat dream:2017
Author: Barlow, Christie
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HarperImpulse
Resource type: Physical
Note: No further information has been provided for this title.
272 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0593080580
Hardback:The fox:2018
Author: Forsyth, Frederick, 1938-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Most weapons do what you tell them. Most weapons you can control. But what if the most dangerous weapon in the world isn't a smart missile or a stealth submarine or even an AI computer programme? What if it's a 17-year-old boy with a blisteringly brilliant mind, who can run rings around the most sophisticated security services across the globe, who can manipulate that weaponry and turn it against the superpowers themselves? How valuable would he be? And what wouldn't you do to get hold of him?
307 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
140912004X
Paperback:Deadlight:2010
Author: Hurley, Graham
Year 2010
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion
Resource type: Physical
Note: Freshly promoted to the Major Crimes Unit, Faraday is thrown into the deep end with the investigation of prison officer Sean Coughlin's murder. Was the violent Coughlin killed by a recently released con he brutalized in prison? Or is his death a legacy of a more savage violence from 20 years before? Originally published: 2003. Originally published: 2003 Freshly promoted to the Major Crimes Unit, Faraday is thrown into the deep end with the investigation of prison officer Sean Coughlin's murder. Was the violent Coughlin killed by a recently released con he brutalized in prison? Or is his death a legacy of a more savage violence from 20 years before?
432 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0500288364
Paperback:The great Life photographers:2009
Author: Loengard, John.
Author: Parks, Gordon, 1912-
Author: Life magazine
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
Resource type: Physical
Note: Dating from 1936 to the dawn of the new millenium, this collection of images from Life magazine provides a unique record of global events during this period, featuring work from some of the most noted photographers of all time. A comprehensive anthology of Life photography Originally published: 2004 Includes index.
608 p., chiefly ill. (some col.), ports. (some col.) ; 23 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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1848454120
Paperback:Behind closed doors:2016
Author: Paris, B. A.
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Resource type: Physical
Note: Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You'd like to get to know Grace better. But it's difficult, because you realise Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn't work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows. Sometimes, the perfect marriage is the perfect lie.
384 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408818191
Paperback:The whispers of Nemesis:2011
Author: Zouroudi, Anne
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Hermes Diaktoros, the inimitable Greek Detective returns in a tale of hubris and Homer, of dark Greek coffee and even darker secrets. Hermes Diaktoros, the inimitable Greek detective, is drawn to the mountains by a wish to see an old and dear friend and finds himself embroiled in the mysteries of the tiny village of Vrisi, as well as the enigmatic last will and testament of Greece's most admired modern poet. Specialized.
288 p., map ; 24 cm (pbk)
0241379504
Hardback:The wych elm:2019
Author: French, Tana
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Viking, 2018 'For me it all goes back to that night, the dark corroded hinge between before and after, the slipped-in sheet of trick glass that tints everything on one side in its own murky colours and leaves everything on the other luminous and untouchable.' One night changes everything for Toby. He's always led a charmed life - until a brutal attack leaves him damaged and traumatised, unsure even of the person he used to be. He seeks refuge at his family's ancestral home, the Ivy House, filled with memories of wild-strawberry summers and teenage parties with his cousins. But not long after Toby's arrival, a discovery is made: a skull, tucked neatly inside the old wych elm in the garden. As detectives begin to close in, Toby is forced to examine everything he thought he knew about his family, his past, and himself.
513 pages ; 21 cm (hbk)
1473641071
Hardback:A sea of gold:2018
Author: Stockwin, Julian
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Resource type: Physical
Note: After his heroic actions during the retreat to Corunna, Captain Sir Thomas Kydd is the toast of London society. Here he falls in with the legendary frigate captain, Lord Thomas Cochrane. So begins a relationship, professional and personal, that will be unlike any that Kydd has known: a relationship that will lead him, almost simultaneously, to first glory, then ruin.
xiii, 382 pages, maps (black and white) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0571281486
Paperback:The beast in the red forest:2015
Author: Eastland, Sam
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: A soldier returns from the frontline of battle to report that Pekkala's charred body has been found at the site of an ambush. But Stalin refuses to believe that the indomitable Pekkala is dead. On Stallin's orders, Pekkala's assistant Kirov travels deep into the forests of Western Russia, following a trail of clues to a wilderness where partisans w. Originally published: 2014 A soldier returns from the frontline of battle to report that Pekkala's charred body has been found at the site of an ambush. But Stalin refuses to believe that the indomitable Pekkala is dead. On Stallin's orders, Pekkala's assistant Kirov travels deep into the forests of Western Russia, following a trail of clues to a wilderness where partisans wage a brutal campaign against the Nazi invaders. Unknown to Kirov, he is being led into a trap.
313 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1473217687
Paperback:Cold iron:2019
Author: Cameron, Miles
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Gollancz
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018 Aranthur is a student. He showed a little magical talent, is studying at the local academy, and is nothing particularly special. Others are smarter. Others are more talented. Others are quicker to pick up techniques. But none of them are with him when he breaks his journey home for the holidays in an inn. None of them step in to help when a young woman is thrown off a passing stage coach into the deep snow at the side of the road. And none of them are drawn into a fight to protect her. One of the others might have realised she was manipulating him all along.
437 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1785760858
Paperback:Domina:2017
Author: Hilton, L. S., 1974-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Zaffre
Resource type: Physical
Note: Judith Rashleigh has made it. Living in luxury amidst the splendours of Venice, she's finally enjoying the life she killed for. But someone knows what Judith's done. Judith can only save herself by finding a priceless painting - unfortunately, one that she's convinced doesn't even exist. And she's not the only one seeking it. This time, Judith isn't in control. Outflanked and out-thought, outrun and outgunned, she faces an enemy more ruthless and more powerful than she ever imagined. And if she doesn't win, she dies.
403 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1784080217
Paperback:Paris spring:2016
Author: Naughtie, James, 1951-
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Paris in 1968. In a city alive with talk of revolution, Will Flemyng finds himself in the thick of the action, a young spy whose first adventures behind the Iron Curtain have already given him a secret glamour. But now he gets news that threatens the closest and most complicated relationship in his life, with his younger brother.
378 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)