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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.
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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 Mistletoe murder and other stories:2017
Author: James, P. D.
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Short story
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: P.D. James was frequently commissioned by newspapers and magazines to write a special short story for Christmas. Four of the best of these have been drawn from the archives and published here. P.D. James's prose illuminates each of these perfectly formed stories, making them ideal reading for the darkest days of the year. While she delights in the secrets that lurk beneath the surface at family gatherings, her Christmas stories also provide tantalizing puzzles to keep the reader guessing.
128 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:After the party:2018
Author: Connolly, Cressida, 1960-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: It is the summer of 1938 and Phyllis Forrester has returned to England after years abroad. Moving into her sister's grand country house, she soon finds herself entangled in a new world of idealistic beliefs and seemingly innocent friendships. Fevered talk of another war infiltrates their small, privileged circle, giving way to a thrilling solution: a great and charismatic leader, who will restore England to its former glory. At a party hosted by her new friends, Phyllis lets down her guard for a single moment, with devastating consequences.
261 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1784706744
Paperback:McMafia, seriously organised crime:[2018]:New edition
Author: Glenny, Misha
Year [2018]
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New edition
Content type: Bibliography
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: TV tie-in Previous edition: London: Bodley Head, 2008 Originally published: 2008 Organised crime is part of all our worlds - often without us even knowing. 'McMafia' is a journey through the new world of international organised crime, from gunrunners in Ukraine to money launderers in Dubai, by way of drug syndicates in Canada and cyber criminals in Brazil. This edition comes with a new introduction and epilogue from author Misha Glenny.
ix, 438 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:The comfort of others:2017
Author: Langdale, Kay
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder
Resource type: Physical
Note: Minnie has lived in the beautiful but dilapidated old mansion house Rosemount for as long as she can remember. But now she finds herself looking back over the last 70 years to a life that has been shrouded with sorrow, and a painful secret that she has guarded since her teens. Eleven-year-old Max, who lives opposite Minnie on the housing estate bui. Originally published: London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2016 Minnie has lived in the beautiful but dilapidated old mansion house Rosemount for as long as she can remember. But now she finds herself looking back over the last 70 years to a life that has been shrouded with sorrow, and a painful secret that she has guarded since her teens. Eleven-year-old Max, who lives opposite Minnie on the housing estate built in Rosemount's grounds, has grown up happily with his single mother. But his mum has begun a new relationship and suddenly life is starting to change. As each of them tell their stories, she via a resurrected childhood journal, him via a Dictaphone, they spot each other through their bedroom windows and slowly and hesitantly an unlikely friendship begins to form.
229 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:A man called Ove:2015
Author: Backman, Fredrik, 1981-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Sceptre
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the Swedish There is something about Ove. At first sight, he is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet. He thinks himself surrounded by idiots - neighbours who can't reverse a trailer properly, joggers, shop assistants who talk in code, and the perpetrators of the vicious coup d'etat that ousted him as Chairman of the Residents' Association. He will persist in making his daily inspection rounds of the local streets. But isn't it rare, these days, to find such old-fashioned clarity of belief and deed? Such unswerving conviction about what the world should be, and a lifelong dedication to making it just so?
304 pages (pbk)
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Paperback:Grandpa Christmas:2018
Author: Morpurgo, Michael
Author: Field, Jim, 1980-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Egmont
Resource type: Physical
Note: This heartfelt Christmas story is based on a special letter written by a grandpa to his granddaughter.
41 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
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Hardback:How Winston delivered Christmas:2018
Author: Smith, Alex T.
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Follow Winston as he sets out to deliver Oliver's letter to Father Christmas on Christmas Eve. He has a lot of very exciting adventures on this very important mission and makes some wonderful friends along the way. Like an advent calendar counting down to Christmas, each day also features festive things to make and do - you can write a letter to Father Christmas and make mince pies, Christmas cards, presents, and decorations.
175 pages, illustrations (colour) ; 26 cm (hbk)
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Paperback:One man and a mule, across England with a pack mule:2018
Author: Thomson, Hugh
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Windmill Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Preface, 2017 In the Middle Ages, mules were used to transport goods across Britain. Strong, sturdy and able to carry a good 160lbs of weight, they made ideal walking companions (as long as you didn't ask them to do anything they disapproved of). Now Hugh Thomson has revived that ancient tradition. Taking his cue from Robert Louis Stevenson's 19th-century bestseller 'Travels With a Donkey', Hugh leads his trusty mule Jethro across England from the Lake District to the Yorkshire Moors, using old drovers' roads that have largely passed into disrepair.
x, 292 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (colour), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Who's that girl?:2016
Author: McFarlane, Mhairi
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Harper
Resource type: Physical
Note: Could kissing Mr Wrong lead to Mr Right? She thought she'd found The One - right up until she was caught kissing him on his wedding day. She thought she'd lost everything - until a ghostwriting sabbatical became a lifeline back to friends and family she'd left behind in Nottingham. She thought she was done with love - until she found it where she least expected it.
535 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:The weight of water:2013
Author: Crossan, Sarah
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2012. Armed with a suitcase and an old laundry bag filled with clothes, Kasienka and her mother leave Poland and head for the UK to find her father. Life is lonely for Kasienka. At home her mother's heart is breaking and at school Kasienka finds it impossible to make new friends. Originally published: 2012
227 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:The road to Little Dribbling, more notes from a small island:2016
Author: Bryson, Bill
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Black Swan
Resource type: Physical
Note: In 1995, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his home. The hilarious book he wrote about that journey, 'Notes from a Small Island', became one of the most loved books of recent decades, and was voted in a BBC poll as the book that best represents Britain. Now, Bill Bryson sets out on a. Originally published: London: Doubleday, 2015 In 1995, Bill Bryson went on a trip around Britain to celebrate the green and kindly island that had become his home. The hilarious book he wrote about that journey, 'Notes from a Small Island', became one of the most loved books of recent decades, and was voted in a BBC poll as the book that best represents Britain. Now, Bill Bryson sets out on a brand-new journey, on a route he dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis on the south coast to Cape Wrath on the northernmost tip of Scotland. Once again, he will guide us through all that's best and worst about Britain today - while doing that incredibly rare thing of making us laugh out loud in public.
476 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Worries go away!:2015
Author: Gray, Kes
Author: Wildish, Lee
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: When a little girl feels worried she goes into a world of her own. At first the world is full of cream cakes and cola but soon the worries begin to take hold. Only her family and friends can help. Originally published: 2014. Originally published: 2014 When a little girl feels worried she goes into a world of her own. At first the world is full of cream cakes and cola but soon the worries begin to take hold. Only her family and friends can help.
25 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 26 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Farmer Duck:2016:25th anniversary edition
Author: Waddell, Martin
Author: Oxenbury, Helen
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: 25th anniversary edition
Publisher: Walker Books and Subsidiaries
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 1991 There once was a duck who had the bad luck to live with a lazy farmer. While the duck worked, the farmer lay in bed - until one day the other animals decided to take action!
35 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 25 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Warning! This book may contain rabbits!:2016
Author: Warnes, Tim
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Little Tiger Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Uh-oh! Mole and the Lumpy Bumpy thing have found a top hat with the label 'Warning: Do Not Touch!' Out of the hat hops a bunny. And another. And another! Holy moly! Surely bunnies aren't dangerous. Are they?
26 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 28 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Itch scritch scratch:2014
Author: Updale, Eleanor
Author: Horne, Sarah, 1979-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Red Squirrel Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Dyslexic-friendly The kids have got - whisper it - nits! All the mummies are going mad with the nit-combs and the mayonnaise and even the hoover - but these nits don't care.
28 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 22 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:The rascally cake:2009
Author: Willis, Jeanne
Author: Paul, Korky
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Andersen
Resource type: Physical
Note: The ghastly Mr Skumskins O'Parsley's favourite dishes include wormcast butties, squashed tadpoles on toast and bogey burgers. O'Parsley decides one day to bake an extra special cake, with more revolting ingredients than you can possibly imagine. However, when the cake decides to eat HIM, he realises it is time to mend his ways. Originally published: 1994 Preschool.
[25] p., chiefly col. ill. ; 27 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:Miss Hazeltine's home for shy and fearful cats:2016
Author: Potter, Alicia
Author: Sif, Birgitta
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Walker Books and Subsidiaries
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2015 This book is full of scaredy cats. Cats terrified of mice, cats frightened of birds; cats who can't pounce, cats who won't purr. Miss Hazeltine takes them all into her Home for Shy and Fearful Cats and she teaches them everything she knows: 'bird basics', 'how not to fear the broom', and how to 'hold your tails high! Arch your backs! Think good thoughts!' But under the bed hides nervous little crumb. Will Miss Hazeltine be able to help the most shy and fearful kitty of them all.
32 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 28 cm (pbk)
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Paperback:The unexpected visitor:2017
Author: Courtney-Tickle, Jessica
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Egmont
Resource type: Physical
Note: There was once a little fisherman. Every morning he would take his boat out into the wide sea. And wait, and wait. When the little fisherman gets an unexpected (and very large) visitor one day, they instantly become friends. They have a lot of fun exploring each other's homes, but where have all the fishes gone?
25 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 28 cm (pbk)