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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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1529329191
Paperback:Stress-related illness, advice for people who give too much:2019
Author: Cantopher, Tim
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sheldon Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Sheldon, 2007 Three out of four adults will feel overwhelmed by stress at some point in their lives - if not regularly. Although stress is a very subjective condition - some people thrive on a certain amount of it - one thing is certain: too much stress, if you feel unable to cope with it, can make you ill. Dr Tim Cantopher has diagnosed and helped hundreds of people with stress-related illnesses. He will help you to understand the causes of your stress (past and present), and to recognise the people who may be making it worse. This book offers treatments and strategies to manage the stress-related illnesses you may be suffering - whether physical or psychological - and gives you advice on getting, and staying, well.
xiii, 130 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 22 cm (pbk)
024140052X
Hardback:Why we eat (too much), the new science of appetite:2020
Author: Jenkinson, Andrew
Year 2020
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Penguin Life
Resource type: Physical
Note: A third of us are currently on a diet - how do we stop? And why are so many of us eating more but feeling hungrier than ever? For over 20 years, Dr Andrew Jenkinson has helped thousands of people to solve their weight problems. Looking at how we eat today, in this book he explores why modern nutrition has failed us. This title draws on the latest scientific research on appetite, anthropological insights from food habits around the world and personal stories of healthy and lasting weight loss - learn: how to avoid the negative effects of the food and pharma industries; how diets actually work and how each food type nourishes you; why your hormones can cause weight gain and diabetes; how to lose weight for good, without counting calories.
xiv, 330 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm (hbk)
1407109081
Paperback:The hunger games:2009
Author: Collins, Suzanne
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Scholastic, 2008 16-year-old Katniss Everdeen regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. But Katniss has been close to death before and survival, for her, is second nature. Adolescent
454 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1405911662
Paperback:The husband's secret:2013
Author: Moriarty, Liane
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: Australia: Pan Macmillan Australia Imagine your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others too. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive!
406 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1445026260
DAISY:Ultimatum read by Paul Thornley:2013:Unabridged
Author: Kernick, Simon
Author: Thornley, Paul
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: DAISY
Edition: Unabridged
Publisher: ISIS Audio
Resource type: Physical
Note: Complete and unabridged A threat has been made. An ultimatum delivered. Innocent people are in mortal danger. 8am: an explosion blasts through a cafe in central London. Minutes later a call is made to a local radio station: 'We've just detonated a bomb. Another will explode shortly. The British Government has until midnight tonight to meet all our demands, or a far greater attack will take place somewhere in the country that will bring fire down on all your heads. You have been warned - DC Tina Boyd and DI Mike Bolt have just hours to stop the terrorists - before it's too late... 8am: an explosion rocks a London cafe. Minutes later a call is made to a local radio station. It seems that the government has until midnight to meet all of the terrorist demands before a far greater attack takes place. Sixteen hours is all DC Tina Boyd and Mike Bolt have to find and stop the killers - before its too late. Adult.
10. - CDs : digital, stereo(10 hours)
1473207851
Hardback:False value:2020
Author: Aaronovitch, Ben, 1964-
Year 2020
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Gollancz
Resource type: Physical
Note: Peter Grant is facing fatherhood, and an uncertain future, with equal amounts of panic and enthusiasm. Rather than sit around, he takes a job with emigre Silicon Valley tech genius Terrence Skinner's brand new London start up - the Serious Cybernetics Company. Drawn into the orbit of Old Street's famous 'silicon roundabout', Peter must learn how to blend in with people who are both civilians and geekier than he is. Compared to his last job, Peter thinks it should be a doddle. But magic is not finished with Mama Grant's favourite son. Because Terrence Skinner has a secret hidden in the bowels of the SCC. A technology that stretches back to Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage, and forward to the future of artificial intelligence. A secret that is just as magical as it technological - and just as dangerous.
404 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


Reading Friends Groups

Get together with a good book, poem or newspaper article. You can meet new people, make friends, chat and have a laugh. Everyone is welcome. Why not give it a try?

There are now two Reading Friends groups which meet in Bexley Libraries:

  • Erith Library - third Tuesday of the month at 2pm
  • Crayford Library - last Tuesday of the month at 11am


Sidcup Library host a Crime and Thriller reading group on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 2.30pm.

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 host the Book Bound Book Club on the second Thursday evening of the month where members can discuss a specific book and other books that they’ve read in a relaxed atmosphere. 

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

 

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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1408343894
Paperback:Secret Princesses, Bunny Surprise:2017
Author: Banks, Rosie
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orchard Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Princess Poison has stolen Princess Ella's magic wand. Without it, Princess Ella won't be able to grant any animal-related wishes. Best friends, and Secret Princess trainees, Charlotte and Mia have to help Princess Ella get her wand back by granting four animal-related wishes. Can they help Sharmila find her lost bunny? And can they defeat Princess Poison and get Princess Ella's wand back once and for all?
113 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1786075199
Paperback:An American marriage:2019
Author: Jones, Tayari
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Oneworld
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018 Newlyweds Celestial and Roy are the embodiment of both the American Dream and the New South. He is a young executive, and she is an artist on the brink of an exciting career. But as they settle into the routine of their life together, they are ripped apart by circumstances neither could have imagined. Roy is arrested and sentenced to 12 years for a crime Celestial knows he didn't commit. Though fiercely independent, Celestial finds herself bereft and unmoored, taking comfort in Andre, her childhood friend and best man at their wedding. As Roy's time in prison passes, she is unable to hold on to the love that has been her centre.
308 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0571334652
Paperback:Normal people:2019
Author: Rooney, Sally
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018 Connell and Marianne grow up in the same small town in rural Ireland. The similarities end there; they are from very different worlds. When they both earn places at Trinity College in Dublin, a connection that has grown between them lasts long into the following years. This is an exquisite love story about how a person can change another person's life - a simple yet profound realisation that unfolds beautifully over the course of the novel. It tells us how difficult it is to talk about how we feel and it tells us - blazingly - about cycles of domination, legitimacy and privilege.
266 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408867788
Hardback:The heart goes last:2015
Author: Atwood, Margaret, 1939-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Living in their car, surviving on tips, Charmaine and Stan are in a desperate state. So, when they see an advertisement for Consilience, a 'social experiment' offering stable jobs and a home of their own, they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month - swapping their home f. Living in their car, surviving on tips, Charmaine and Stan are in a desperate state. So, when they see an advertisement for Consilience, a 'social experiment' offering stable jobs and a home of their own, they sign up immediately. All they have to do in return for suburban paradise is give up their freedom every second month - swapping their home for a prison cell. At first, all is well. But then, unknown to each other, Stan and Charmaine develop passionate obsessions with their 'Alternates,' the couple that occupy their house when they are in prison. Soon the pressures of conformity, mistrust, guilt and sexual desire begin to take over.
vii, 308 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1529329191
Paperback:Stress-related illness, advice for people who give too much:2019
Author: Cantopher, Tim
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sheldon Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Sheldon, 2007 Three out of four adults will feel overwhelmed by stress at some point in their lives - if not regularly. Although stress is a very subjective condition - some people thrive on a certain amount of it - one thing is certain: too much stress, if you feel unable to cope with it, can make you ill. Dr Tim Cantopher has diagnosed and helped hundreds of people with stress-related illnesses. He will help you to understand the causes of your stress (past and present), and to recognise the people who may be making it worse. This book offers treatments and strategies to manage the stress-related illnesses you may be suffering - whether physical or psychological - and gives you advice on getting, and staying, well.
xiii, 130 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 22 cm (pbk)
024140052X
Hardback:Why we eat (too much), the new science of appetite:2020
Author: Jenkinson, Andrew
Year 2020
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Penguin Life
Resource type: Physical
Note: A third of us are currently on a diet - how do we stop? And why are so many of us eating more but feeling hungrier than ever? For over 20 years, Dr Andrew Jenkinson has helped thousands of people to solve their weight problems. Looking at how we eat today, in this book he explores why modern nutrition has failed us. This title draws on the latest scientific research on appetite, anthropological insights from food habits around the world and personal stories of healthy and lasting weight loss - learn: how to avoid the negative effects of the food and pharma industries; how diets actually work and how each food type nourishes you; why your hormones can cause weight gain and diabetes; how to lose weight for good, without counting calories.
xiv, 330 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm (hbk)