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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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0099448920
Paperback:The rings of Saturn:2002
Author: Sebald, W. G.
Year 2002
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Vintage
Resource type: Physical
Note: Translated from the German by Michael Hulse W.G. Sebald's new book is a work of imaginative literature, the fictional record of a journey on foot through coastal East Anglia, Sebald's home for the last 20 years. It is also an exploration of England's pastoral and imperial past. This translation originally published: London: Harvill, 1998 eng
296 p., ill. ; 22 cm (pbk)
1472128508
Paperback:Tidings of death at Honeychurch Hall:2019
Author: Dennison, Hannah
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Constable
Resource type: Physical
Note: It's ten days before Christmas at Honeychurch Hall and Kat Stanford has persuaded the Earl of Grenville to open the Museum Room to the villagers in an effort to raise money for rooftop repairs. For the price of a ticket visitors will be able to view an unusual display of antiques - including the legendary Bleeding Hawk of Honeychurch Hall. When an obnoxious young couple drive 200 miles from London to view the treasures it's not just Kate who is suspicious of their intentions; Mr Chips, the estate's feisty Jack Russell makes his feelings plain by taking a bite out of the man's trousers. But then a suit of armour inexplicably falls on the ancient butler, killing him, and when a second body is found near a quarry nearby Kat becomes entangled in a world of feuds and jealousies, finally encountering a cold-blooded killer who will stop at nothing to keep the past at bay.
303 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0008238197
Paperback:Murder in the Caribbean:2018
Author: Thorogood, Robert
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: HQ
Resource type: Physical
Note: DI Richard Poole is hot, bothered and fed up. He's stuck on the tropical island of Saint-Marie, forced to live in a rickety old shack on a beach, and there isn't a decent cup of tea to be found anywhere. When a boat explodes in the harbour, Richard and his team soon realise there's a new murderer on the loose. But who is it? And why did the killer leave behind a ruby at the scene of the crime? As the police dig deeper, they uncover secrets that go back decades, and a crime from the past that can never be forgiven. Worse still, they soon realise this is only the beginning. They've got to catch the killer before there's another death in paradise.
326 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0224097008
Hardback:H is for hawk:2014
Author: Macdonald, Helen, 1970-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Resource type: Physical
Note: 'In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they're the birdwatchers' dark grail.' As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and rea. 'In real life, goshawks resemble sparrowhawks the way leopards resemble housecats. Bigger, yes. But bulkier, bloodier, deadlier, scarier, and much, much harder to see. Birds of deep woodland, not gardens, they're the birdwatchers' dark grail.' As a child Helen Macdonald was determined to become a falconer. She learned the arcane terminology and read all the classic books, including T.H. White's tortured masterpiece, 'The Goshawk', which describes White's struggle to train a hawk as a spiritual contest. When her father dies and she is knocked sideways by grief, she becomes obsessed with the idea of training her own goshawk. She buys Mabel on a Scottish quayside and takes her home to Cambridge. This book is a record of a spiritual journey - an unflinchingly honest account of Macdonald's struggle with grief during the difficult process of the hawk's taming and her own untaming.
300 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1474607330
Hardback:Gold, my autobiography:2017
Author: Skelton, Nick
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Resource type: Physical
Note: With a show-jumping career spanning over forty years, Nick Skelton is a legend in the equestrian world. No other rider has won so many major competitions on so many different horses and he is as popular at Olympia and Hickstead as he is at Aachen, Geneva, Paris, and Spruce Meadows. Now he tells the full story of his eventful life and matchless achievements.
277 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 24 cm (hbk)
1786482134
Paperback:The house at Sea's End:2016
Author: Griffiths, Elly
Year 2016
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Quercus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2011 Ruth Galloway has just returned from maternity leave and is struggling to juggle work and motherhood. When a team from the University of North Norfolk, investigating coastal erosion, finds six bodies at the foot of the cliff, she is immediately put on the case.
389 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1444924109
Paperback:Tickly Christmas, Wibbly Pig!:2015
Author: Inkpen, Mick
Year 2015
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Hodder Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2005 It's Christmas, and Wibbly Pig's Big Aunt Larlie has bought herself some balls of wool, more balls of wool than usual. Is there another tickly Christmas present on the way?
25 unnumbered pages, chiefly illustrations (colour) ; 26 cm (pbk)
1473635489
Paperback:The keeper of lost things:2017
Author: Hogan, Ruth, 1961-
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Two Roads
Resource type: Physical
Note: Once a celebrated author of short stories now in his twilight years, Anthony Peardew has spent half his life lovingly collecting lost objects, trying to atone for a promise broken many years before. Realising he is running out of time, he leaves his house and all its lost treasures to his assistant Laura, the one person he can trust to fulfil his legacy and reunite the thousands of objects with their rightful owners. But the final wishes of the Keeper of Lost Things have unforeseen repercussions which trigger a most serendipitous series of encounters.
307 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0099560437
Paperback:Ready player one:2012:New pbk. ed.
Author: Cline, Ernest
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Arrow
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: London: Century, 2011. This is a jaw-droppingly cinematic, genre-busting debut that's part virtual space opera, part classic coming-of-age story, part brilliant pop-culture mash-up. Originally published: London: Century, 2011
374 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
0857639919
Paperback:My arch-enemy is a brain in a jar:2018
Author: Solomons, David
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Resource type: Physical
Note: Luke and his brother have swapped bodies by accident. Zack's got Luke's weird feet while Luke has Zack's SUPERPOWERS! Now he needs another world-threatening adventure to try them out. Could a family mini-break at Great Minds Leisure Park be his chance? Probably, because that's where his super-clever arch-enemy lurks, fermenting dastardly plans and bubbling gently ...
277 pages ; 20 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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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)
0330512595
Paperback:Hour of the wolf:2012
Author: Nesser, Hakan, 1950-
Year 2012
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan
Resource type: Physical
Note: This translation originally published: London: Mantle In the dead of night, in the pouring rain, a drunk driver smashes his car into a young man. He abandons the body at the side of the road, but the incident will set in motion a chain of events which will change his life forever. 'Hakan Nesser, the godfather of Swedish crime ... His Van Veeteren novels have a puckishness and sprightliness that too often elude his younger, gloomier pretenders ... Nesser has thus far only been a minor player in the British Nordic crime scene: Hour of the Wolf should be the book to change that' Metro 'The Swedish novelist Hakan Nesser is in another league, exhibiting a skill and consistency rare in crime fiction. Hour of the Wolf, translated by Laurie Thompson is one of his finest novels, starting with a road accident and unravelling its terrible consequences. The victim is a 16-year-old boy, struck by a car while walking home late at night, and the accident sets in motion a series of murders. One of the victims is related to Nesser's detective, Chief Inspector Van Veeteren, who has retired to become an antiquarian bookseller. The ex-policeman's old team rallies to obtain justice for their much-loved former boss in a novel that combines a clever plot with authentic emotion' Sund Text in English and Swedish
440 p. ; 20 cm (pbk)
1849494142
Hardback:The great British sewing bee, sew your own wardrobe:2014
Author: Evelegh, Tessa
Author: Grant, Patrick
Author: Martin, May
Author: Mumford, Tiffany
Author: Medlincott, Charlotte
Author: Simunek, Kate
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Quadrille Publishing
Resource type: Physical
Note: TV tie-in Providing amateur sewers with all the technical know-how and inspiring projects they need to produce a core collection of fabulous garments and homewares, this book and sheet pack features contemporary designs inspired by the hit TV show.
224 pages, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 27 cm + 5 pattern sheets (hbk)
1444835335
Large print:The girl before:2018:Large print edition
Author: Delaney, JP
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Large print
Edition: Large print edition
Publisher: Charnwood
Resource type: Physical
Note: Standard print edition originally published: London: Quercus, 2017 Jane stumbles on the rental opportunity of a lifetime: the chance to live in a beautiful ultra-minimalist house designed by an enigmatic architect, on condition she abides by a long list of exacting rules. After moving in, she discovers that a previous tenant, Emma, met a mysterious death there - and starts to wonder if her own story will be a re-run of the girl before. As twist after twist catches the reader off guard, Emma's past and Jane's present become inexorably entwined in this tense, page-turning portrayal of psychological obsession.
440 pages (large print) ; 24 cm (hbk)
0349142114
Paperback:The dry:2017
Author: Harper, Jane
Year 2017
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Abacus
Resource type: Physical
Note: Radio tie-in Originally published: London: Little, Brown, 2016 Amid the worst drought to ravage Australia in a century, it hasn't rained in small country town Kiewarra for two years. Tensions in the community become unbearable when three members of the Hadler family are brutally murdered. Everyone thinks Luke Hadler, who committed suicide after slaughtering his wife and six-year-old son, is guilty. Policeman Aaron Falk returns to the town of his youth for the funeral of his childhood best friend, and is unwillingly drawn into the investigation. As questions mount and suspicion spreads through the town, Falk is forced to confront the community that rejected him 20 years earlier. Because Falk and Luke Hadler shared a secret, one which Luke's death threatens to unearth. And as Falk probes deeper into the killings, secrets from his past and why he left home bubble to the surface as he questions the truth of his friend's crime.
401 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408878313
Paperback:The unicorn quest:2018
Author: Benko, Kamilla
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Claire Martinson still worries about her older sister Sophie, who battled a mysterious illness last year. But things are back to normal as they move into Windermere Manor - until the sisters climb a strange ladder in a fireplace and enter the magical land of Arden. There, they find a world in turmoil. The four guilds of magic no longer trust each other. The beloved unicorns have disappeared, and terrible wraiths roam freely. Scared, the girls return home. But when Sophie vanishes in the night, it will take all of Claire's courage to climb back up the ladder, find her sister, and uncover the unicorns' greatest secret.
323 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1509816372
Paperback:Dead if you don't:2018
Author: James, Peter, 1948-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Pan Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Kipp Brown, successful businessman and compulsive gambler, is having the worst run of luck of his life. He's beginning to lose, big style. However, taking his teenage son, Mungo, to their club's Saturday afternoon football match should have given him a welcome respite, if only for a few hours. But it's at the stadium where his nightmare begins. Within minutes of arriving at the game, Kipp bumps into a client. He takes his eye off Mungo for a few moments, and in that time, the boy disappears. Then he gets the terrifying message that someone has his child, and to get him back alive, Kipp will have to pay. Defying instruction not to contact the police, Kipp reluctantly does just that, and Detective Superintendent Roy Grace is brought in to investigate.
461 pages, illustration (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0857531093
Hardback:Opal Plumstead:2014
Author: Wilson, Jacqueline
Author: Sharratt, Nick
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Doubleday
Resource type: Physical
Note: Opal Plumstead might be plain, but she has always been fiercely intelligent. Yet her scholarship and dreams of university are snatched away when her father is sent to prison, and fourteen-year-old Opal must start work at the Fairy Glen sweet factory to support her family. Opal struggles to get along with the other workers, who think her snobby and. Opal Plumstead might be plain, but she has always been fiercely intelligent. Yet her scholarship and dreams of university are snatched away when her father is sent to prison, and 14-year-old Opal must start work at the Fairy Glen sweet factory to support her family. Opal struggles to get along with the other workers, who think her snobby and stuck-up. But she idolises Mrs Roberts, the factory's beautiful, dignified owner, who introduces her to the legendary Mrs Pankhurst and her fellow Suffragettes. And when Opal meets Morgan - Mrs Roberts' handsome son, and the heir to Fairy Glen - she believes she has found her soulmate. But the First World War is about to begin, and will change Opal's life for ever.
519 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm (hbk)