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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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Paperback:Girls on fire:2017
Author: Wasserman, Robin
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Abacus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: New York: Harper, 2016 Hannah Dexter is a nobody, ridiculed at school by golden girl Nikki Drummond and bored at home. But in their junior year of high school, Nikki's boyfriend walks into the woods and shoots himself. In the wake of the suicide, Hannah finds herself befriending new girl Lacey and soon the pair are inseparable, bonded by their shared hatred of Nikki. Lacey transforms good girl Hannah into Dex, a Doc Marten and Kurt Cobain fan, who is up for any challenge Lacey throws at her. The two girls bring their combined wills to bear on the community in which they live; unconcerned by the mounting discomfort that their lust for chaos and rebellion causes the inhabitants of their parochial small town, they think they are invulnerable. But Lacey has a secret, about life before her better half, and it's a secret that will change everything.
420 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1602862648
Hardback:Finding me, a decade of darkness, a life reclaimed:2014
Author: Knight, Michelle
Author: Burford, Michelle
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Weinstein Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Michelle Knight, the first of the three women abducted by notorious Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro, recounts the full story of her years in captivity, her escape, and the powerful inner strength and capacity for hope that has helped her rebuild her life.
272 pages, illustrations (hbk)
0571313868
Paperback:The doll funeral:2018
Author: Hamer, Kate
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2017 My name is Ruby. I live with Barbara and Mick. They're not my real parents, but they tell me what to do, and what to say. I'm supposed to say that the bruises on my arms and the black eye came from falling down the stairs. But there are things I won't say. I won't tell them I'm going to hunt for my real parents. I don't say a word about Shadow, who sits on the stairs, or the Wasp Lady I saw on the way to bed. I did tell Mick that I saw the woman in the buttercup dress, hanging upside down from her seat belt deep in the forest at the back of our house. I told him I saw death crawl out of her. He said he'd give me a medal for lying. I wasn't lying. I'm a hunter for lost souls and I'm going to be with my real family. And I'm not going to let Mick stop me.
360 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
057130222X
Paperback:The kind worth killing:2015
Author: Swanson, Peter, 1968-
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Resource type: Physical
Note: Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched - but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it? Back in Boston, Ted's wife Miranda is bus. Originally published: New York: William Morrow Delayed in London, Ted Severson meets a woman at the airport bar. Over cocktails they tell each other rather more than they should, and a dark plan is hatched - but are either of them being serious, could they actually go through with it and, if they did, what would be their chances of getting away with it? Back in Boston, Ted's wife Miranda is busy site managing the construction of their dream home, a beautiful house out on the Maine coastline. But what secrets is she carrying and to what lengths might she go to protect the vision she has of her deserved future?
415 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
009959823X
Paperback:The woman in cabin 10:2017
Author: Ware, Ruth
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Harvill Secker, 2016 This was meant to be the perfect trip. The Northern Lights. A luxury press launch on a boutique cruise ship. A chance for travel journalist Lo Blacklock to recover from a traumatic break-in that has left her on the verge of collapse, and to work out what she wants from her relationship. Except things don't go as planned. Woken in the night by screams, Lo rushes to her window to see a body thrown overboard from the next door cabin. But the records show that no-one ever checked into that cabin, and no passengers are missing from the boat. Exhausted, emotional and increasingly desperate, Lo has to face the fact that she may have made a terrible mistake. Or she is trapped on a boat with a murderer - and she is the sole witness.
vii, 344 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0752883151
Paperback:Bad luck:2017:[New edition]
Author: Barclay, Linwood
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New edition]
Publisher: Orion Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: published as Lone wolf. New York: Bantam Books, 2006 Journalist, family man, and paranoid writer Zack Walker visits his father's lakeside fishing camp. But the fresh air, childhood memories and peaceful contemplation are ruined when a body is found. Locals say the mutilated corpse must have been the victim of a random bear attack. But Zack Walker, as always, fears the worst. When another body is discovered, it seems there is a more deadly predator on the prowl. A lone wolf killer who is hell-bent on laying siege to the idyllic town. The fuse is lit and time is running out. Zack must face down a madman - or find out first-hand what the grand finale is.
392 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0752883143
Paperback:Bad guys:2017:[New edition]
Author: Barclay, Linwood
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New edition]
Publisher: Orion Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Previous edition: New York: Bantam Books, 2005 Zack Walker is back, and much to his family's relief, the work-at-home science-fiction writer has left the house to take a job as a features writer for the city paper. But now that Zack's incessant plotting can no longer be hatched from the comforts of his own home, he must be ever more vigilant to outwit the evil at large, whether in the suburbs, the city, or his own imagination. Zack is ready - or so he thinks. While researching his first feature article, Zack stumbles upon a real-life crime scene, but what seems like an ordinary hit-and-run may actually be a homicide linked to a gang that's been burglarizing Crandall's high-end shops.
369 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0752883135
Paperback:Bad move:2017
Author: Barclay, Linwood
Year 2017
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion
Resource type: Physical
416 (Pbk)
0241338077
Hardback:The silence of the girls:2018
Author: Barker, Pat, 1943-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton
Resource type: Physical
Note: When her city falls to the Greeks, Briseis's old life is shattered. She is transformed from queen to captive, from free woman to slave, awarded to the god-like warrior Achilles as a prize of war. And she's not alone. On the same day, and on many others in the course of a long and bitter war, innumerable women have been wrested from their homes and flung to the fighters. The Trojan War is known as a man's story: a quarrel between men over a woman, stolen from her home and spirited across the sea. But what of the other women in this story, silenced by history? What words did they speak when alone with each other, in the laundry, at the loom, when laying out the dead?
325 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
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Hardback:Jeeves & the king of clubs:2018
Author: Schott, Ben, 1974-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Hutchinson
Resource type: Physical
Note: "An homage to P.G. Wodehouse authorised by the Wodehouse Estate." Building on Wodehouse's incalculable legacy, 'Jeeves and the King of Clubs' reimagines Bertie Wooster as a British spy, and the Junior Ganymede - the club for the gentleman's gentleman - as a branch of the British Secret Service. Full of intrigue, exploits, comedy and wit, Schott and Wodehouse make for a harmonious, hilarious pair.
316 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

 

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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Hardback:The middle of nowhere:2013
Author: McCaughrean, Geraldine
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Usborne
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Mary Pinny dies from a snakebite, she leaves her young daughter, Comity, and husband Herbert in the Middle of Nowhere. As Stationmaster of the Kinkindele Repeater Station, Herbert Pinny takes great pride in his job; receiving morse messages and passing them down the Wire to the rest of Australia and beyond. But Comity dreams of a different life - where her mother is alive and she has her own horse and a new piano - and sends letters to her grandmother and her snooty aunt full of colourful tales of her imaginary life. That is, until the new station assistant, Quartz Hogg, arrives and brings Comity and her father sharply back down to earth.
291 pages ; 21 cm (hbk)
0749022256
Hardback:The essence of malice:2017:First edition
Author: Weaver, Ashley
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Edition: First edition
Publisher: Allison & Busby Limited
Resource type: Physical
Note: When Milo Ames receives a troubling letter from his childhood nanny, Madame Nanette, he and Amory travel to Paris where they are soon embroiled in a mystery surrounding the death of a famous parfumier. The more Amory and Milo look into the motives of industry rivals and heirs who are vying or control of his perfume empire, the more they are convinced that Nanette may be right. When secrets unfold and things take a dangerous turn, Amory and Milo must work quickly to uncover the essence of the matter and catch a killer before the scent goes cold.
350 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
0099582538
Paperback:Coot Club:2013
Author: Ransome, Arthur, 1884-1967
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1934 Tom Dudgeon has cast off a motor cruiser to protect a coot's nest, but now the cruiser is searching for him. Tom accepts an invitation for a week's cruise to teach his new friends, Dick and Dorothea, how to sail. Can he complete the voyage?
490 pages, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 19 cm (pbk)
0099589389
Paperback:Great Northern?:2015
Author: Ransome, Arthur, 1884-1967,
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Jonathan Cape, 1947 Dick's birdwatching discovery turns the cruise of the Sea Bear into a desperate chase. The Swallows and Amazons have to prove the facts of the case, & evade the natives & an egg-collector, determined to kill a pair of rare birds & steal the credit.
492 pages, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 19 cm (pbk)