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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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0330458558
Paperback:The personal history of Rachel DuPree:2009:New pbk. ed.
Author: Weisgarber, Ann
Year 2009
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Pan
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'The Personal History of Rachel Dupree' is a a novel about family and motherhood, homeland and belonging, and a woman's courage in the face of the most punishing adversity. Originally published: Basingstoke: Macmillan New Writing, 2008
307 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241295939
Hardback:Love is blind, the rapture of Brodie Moncur:2018
Author: Boyd, William, 1952-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Viking
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'Love is Blind' is William Boyd's sweeping, heart-stopping new novel - set at the end of the 19th century, it follows the fortunes of Brodie Moncur, a young Scottish musician, about to embark on the story of his life. When Brodie is offered a job in Paris, he seizes the chance to flee Edinburgh and his tyrannical clergyman father and begin a wildly different new chapter in his life. In Paris, a fateful encounter with a famous pianist irrevocably changes his future - and sparks an obsessive love affair with a beautiful Russian soprano, Lika Blum. Moving from Paris to St Petersburg to Edinburgh and back again, Brodie's love for Lika and its dangerous consequences pursue him around Europe and beyond, during an era of overwhelming change as the 19th century becomes the 20th.
370 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0099496941
Paperback:All quiet on the Western Front:2005:Reprint.
Author: Remarque, Erich Maria, 1898-1970
Author: Murdoch, Brian, 1944-
Year 2005
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Reprint.
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: First published in German in 1929 Translated from German by Brian Murdoch afterword by the translater. This story is told by a young soldier in the trenches of Flanders during the First World War. Through his eyes we see the realities of war. Incidents are vividly described, but there is no sense of adventure, only the feeling of youth betrayed. This translation originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1994 Includes bibliographical references
216 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1444837419
Large print:Insidious intent:2018:Large print edition
Author: McDermid, Val
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition
Publisher: Charnwood
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2017 A quiet night on a country road. The stillness shattered by a car engulfed in flames, and a burned body discovered in the driver's seat. As the investigation unfolds, DCI Carol Jordan and psychological profiler Tony Hill quickly realise that this is more than just a tragic accident. And so begins the hunt for a truly terrifying killer, someone who believes he is invisible, untraceable and untouchable. As other victims are found to have met the same terrible fate, and with more women at risk, Tony and Carol are drawn into a dark and twisted web of fear and revenge that will force them to question their own ideas of justice.
520 pages (large print) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1471165426
Paperback:Hell Bay:2018
Author: Rhodes, Kate
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Returning home to the tiny, restricted island of Bryher, investigator Ben Kitto is on extended leave from his high-pressured job in the Met murder squad. But when it comes to light that a young girl has been murdered on the island, it is down to him to protect the locals - who have known him all his life - and solve the case.
404 pages, maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008216711
Paperback:Sweet pea:2017
Author: Skuse, C. J.
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HQ
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London; HQ Rhiannon is your average girl next door, settled with her boyfriend and little dog - but she's got a killer secret. Although her childhood was haunted by a famous crime, Rhinannon's life is normal now, if not glamorous. By day her job as an editorial assistant is demeaning and unsatisfying. By evening she dutifully listens to her friend's plans for marriage and babies whilst secretly making a list. A kill list. From the man on the Lidl checkout who always mishandles her apples, to the driver who cuts her off on her way to work, to the people who made her who she is, Rhiannon's ready to get her revenge. Because the girl everyone overlooks might just be able to get away with murder.
472 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1471151883
Paperback:The glass painter's daughter:2015
Author: Hore, Rachel
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Resource type: Physical
Note: Hard on the heels of the 'The Dream House' and 'The Memory Garden', comes Rachel Hore's new novel set in a hidden part of Westminster, steeped in the Victorian past, full of gothic churches, strange little shops and secret garden squares. Originally published: 2009. Originally published: 2009 Hard on the heels of the 'The Dream House' and 'The Memory Garden', comes Rachel Hore's new novel set in a hidden part of Westminster, steeped in the Victorian past, full of gothic churches, strange little shops and secret garden squares.
464 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1784973270
Paperback:The wall of storms:2017
Author: Liu, Ken, 1976-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2016 Dara is united under the Emperor Ragin, once known as Kuni Garu, the bandit king. There has been peace for six years, but the Dandelion Throne rests on bloody foundations - Kuni's betrayal of his friend, Mata Zyndu, the Hegemon. The Hegemon's rule was brutal and unbending - but he died well, creating a legend that haunts the new emperor, no matter what good he strives to do. Where war once forged unbreakable bonds between Kuni's inner circle, peace now gnaws at their loyalties. Where ancient wisdoms once held sway, a brilliant scholar promises a philosophical revolution. And from the far north, over the horizon, comes a terrible new threat.
856 pages, maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1783292784
Paperback:Blood red:2014
Author: Lackey, Mercedes
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Titan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Little Red Riding Hood's real name is Gretchen Schwarzwald, and ten years ago, she was orphaned by a evil Earth Master. She was rescued by a Fire Master, and taught how to use her own Fire powers. Now a werewolf pack is ravaging Exmoor, and she has come to help London's White Lodge eradicate it and find and destroy the Elemental Master behind it.
400 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1787474321
Hardback:Dirty little secrets:2019
Author: Spain, Jo
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: In the exclusive gated community of Withered Vale, people's lives appear as perfect as their beautifully manicured lawns. Money, success, privilege - the residents have it all. Life is good. There's just one problem. Olive Collins' dead body has been rotting inside number four for the last three months. Her neighbours say they're shocked at the discovery but nobody thought to check on her when she vanished from sight. The police start to ask questions and the seemingly flawless facade begins to crack. Because, when it comes to Olive's neighbours, it seems each of them has something to hide, something to lose and everything to gain from her death.
406 pages ; 24 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:If we're not married by thirty:2018
Author: Bell, Anna, (Fiction writer)
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Zaffre
Resource type: Physical
Note: Lydia's not exactly livingherbestlife. She never imagined she'd be here at thirty - newly single, a job that's going nowhere and her friends all winning at life when she's still barely taking part. So she jumps at the chance of a free holiday and jets off to sunny Spain. Then, out of the blue, she bumps into her childhood friend, the handsome and charming Danny Whittaker. She's always had a crush on him and they soon enter into a passionate holiday romance. But this relationship could be more than just a fling. Years ago they made a pact that if they were still single when they turned thirty they would get married. But no-one really follows through on these pacts - right? Could Lydia's back up man really be her happy ever after?
452 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0141376562
Paperback:Cream buns and crime:2017
Author: Stevens, Robin, 1988-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Content type: Short story
Publisher: Puffin
Resource type: Physical
Note: Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are famous for the murder cases they have solved - but there are many other mysteries in the pages of Hazel's casebook, from the macabre 'Case of the Deepdean Vampire', to the baffling 'Case of the Blue Violet', and their very first case of all: the 'Case of Lavinia's Missing Tie'. Packed with brilliant mini-mysteries, including two brand-new and never seen before stories, and peppered with Daisy and Hazel's own tips, tricks, and facts, this is the perfect book for budding detectives and fans of the award-winning, bestselling 'Murder Most Unladylike' series.
271 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
074995308X
Paperback:Mindfulness, a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world:2011
Author: Williams, J. Mark G.
Author: Penman, Danny, 1966-
Year 2011
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Piatkus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Compact disc 'Mindfulness' reveals the secrets of lifelong happiness and details a unique programme developed by Oxford University psychologist Professor Mark Williams with colleagues around the world.
xii, 276 p. ; 24 cm + 1 sound disc (pbk)
1472223659
Hardback:The jeweller's wife:2015
Author: Lennox, Judith
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Headline Review
Resource type: Physical
Note: 1938. As England awaits the outbreak of war, Juliet Winterton journeys from the Mediterranean to the Essex countryside to begin her life as the beautiful young wife of a London jeweller. But beneath her husband's intelligence and ambition lies a cruel and ruthless man. And when dashing politician Gillis Sinclair comes to stay at Marsh Court, Juliet. 1938. As England awaits the outbreak of war, Juliet Winterton journeys from the Mediterranean to the Essex countryside to begin her life as the beautiful young wife of a London jeweller. But beneath her husband's intelligence and ambition lies a cruel and ruthless man. And when dashing politician Gillis Sinclair comes to stay at Marsh Court, Juliet is drawn to his irresistible charm. So begins a passionate affair that will have consequences far beyond anything Juliet imagines.
501 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
0439944007
Paperback:Rotten Romans:2007:New ed
Author: Deary, Terry
Author: Brown, Martin, 1959-
Year 2007
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New ed
Publisher: Scholastic
Resource type: Physical
Note: This title follows life for folks in Roman Britain from Nasty Nero and other awful emperors, to brave Boudicca and the poor old peasants. Find out what Romans wore under their kilts, how ancient Britons made their hair spikey, and why rich Romans needed a vomitarium. Includes index. Originally published: London: Scholastic, 1994 Includes index Young People.
140 p., ill. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1911077678
Paperback:The Last Chance Hotel:2018
Author: Thornton, Nicki
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Chicken House
Resource type: Physical
Note: Includes QR code Seth is the oppressed kitchen boy at the remote Last Chance Hotel. But when a strange gathering of magicians arrives for dinner, their leader is poisoned. A locked-room murder investigation ensues - and Seth is the main suspect. Can he solve the mystery and clear his name, especially when magic's afoot?
328 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241283205
Paperback:In the dark:2018
Author: Hunter, Cara
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: A woman and child are found locked in a basement room, barely alive. No one knows who they are - the woman can't speak, and there are no missing persons reports that match their profile. And the elderly man who owns the house claims he has never seen them before. The inhabitants of the quiet Oxford street are in shock - how could this happen right under their noses? But DI Adam Fawley knows that nothing is impossible. And that no one is as innocent as they seem.
435 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1784708240
Paperback:The overstory:2019
Author: Powers, Richard, 1957-
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: William Heinemann, 2018 Nine strangers, each in different ways, become summoned by trees, brought together in a last stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest. 'The Overstory' unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fable, ranging from antebellum New York to the late-20th-century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond, revealing a world alongside our own - vast, slow, resourceful, magnificently inventive, and almost invisible to us. This is the story of a handful of people who learn how to see that world, and who are drawn up into its unfolding catastrophe.
625 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)