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Like chatting about books? Like chatting about books?

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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1409170675
Paperback:Th1rt3en:2018
Author: Cavanagh, Steve
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion
Resource type: Physical
Note: They were Hollywood's hottest power couple. They had the world at their feet. Now one of them is dead and Hollywood star Robert Solomon is charged with the brutal murder of his beautiful wife. This is the celebrity murder trial of the century and the defence want one man on their team: con artist turned lawyer Eddie Flynn. All the evidence points to Robert's guilt, but as the trial begins a series of sinister incidents in the court room start to raise doubts in Eddie's mind. What if there's more than one actor in the courtroom? What if the killer isn't on trial? What if the killer is on the jury?
357 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1408855658
Paperback:Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone:2014
Author: Rowling, J. K.
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 1997 Harry Potter lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt and Uncle's house. He is bullied by them and his spoilt cousin, and lives a very unremarkable life. But then Harry is transported to a world of magic and excitement.
331 pages, map (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1860461670
Paperback:Miss Smilla's feeling for snow:1996:New pbk. ed.
Author: Hoeg, Peter, 1957-
Author: David, F.
Author: David F.
Year 1996
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: New pbk. ed.
Publisher: Vintage Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: This translation originally published: London: Harvill, 1993 Smilla Jaspersen, the resourceful, tenacious and bloody-minded Greenlander heroine, has won the hearts of readers the world over in her quest to find the truth behind the death of a six year-old boy. General adult. Translated from the Danish
409 pages, maps (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
0857503626
Paperback:Past tense:2019
Author: Child, Lee
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Bantam Press
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 2018 Jack Reacher plans to follow the autumn sun on an epic road trip across America, from Maine to California. He doesn't get far. On a country road deep in the New England woods, he sees a sign to a place he has never been - the town where his father was born. He thinks, what's one extra day? He takes the detour. At the very same moment, close by, a car breaks down. Two young Canadians are trying to get to New York City to sell a treasure. They're stranded at a lonely motel in the middle of nowhere. It's a strange place, but it's all there is. The next morning in the city clerk's office, Reacher asks about the old family home. He's told no one named Reacher ever lived in that town. He knows his father never went back. Now he wonders, was he ever there in the first place?
478 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
0241283094
Paperback:Close to home:2018
Author: Hunter, Cara
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Last night, 8-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from her parents' summer party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything - or at least that's what they're saying. DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows that nine times out of ten, it's someone the victim knew. That means someone is lying. And that Daisy's time is running out.
379 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1406357987
Paperback:The knife of never letting go:2014:[New] edition
Author: Ness, Patrick, 1971-
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: [New] edition
Publisher: Walker Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: This edition originally published: 2013 Imagine you can hear everything the town of men say about you. And they can hear everything you think. Imagine you don't fit into their plans. Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man. But his town has been keeping secrets from him. Secrets that are going to force him to run.
511 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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1844088804
Hardback:Lila:2014
Author: Robinson, Marilynne
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Virago
Resource type: Physical
Note: Revisiting the beloved characters and setting of Marilynne Robinson's Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Gilead' and Orange Prize-winning 'Home', 'Lila' is a moving expression of the mysteries of existence.
261 pages ; 23 cm (hbk)
1509846883
Hardback:The long take, or, A way to lose more slowly:2018
Author: Robertson, Robin, 1955-
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Content type: Poetry
Publisher: Picador
Resource type: Physical
Note: Walker is a D-Day veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder; he can't return home to rural Nova Scotia, and looks instead to the city for freedom, anonymity and repair. As he moves from New York to Los Angeles and San Francisco we witness a crucial period of fracture in American history, one that also allowed film noir to flourish. The Dream had gone sour but - as those dark, classic movies made clear - the country needed outsiders to study and dramatise its new anxieties.
236 pages, illustrations (black and white), maps (black and white) ; 21 cm (hbk)
1408834960
Paperback:Harry Potter and the philosopher's stone:2013:Adult B format edition
Author: Rowling, J. K.
Year 2013
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Edition: Adult B format edition
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Resource type: Physical
Note: Originally published: 1997 Harry Potter lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his aunt and uncle's house. He is bullied by them and his spoilt cousin, and lives a very unremarkable life. But then Harry is transported to a world of magic and excitement.
224 pages ; 20 cm (pbk)
1783784458
Hardback:Ghost wall:2018
Author: Moss, Sarah
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Granta
Resource type: Physical
Note: Teenage Silvie is living in a remote Northumberland camp as an exercise in experimental archaeology. Her father is an abusive man, obsessed with recreating the discomfort, brutality and harshness of Iron Age life. Behind and ahead of Silvie's narrative is a story of a bog girl, a sacrifice, a woman killed by those closes to her, and as the hot summer builds to a terrifying climax, Silvie and the Bog girl are in ever more terrifying proximity.
160 pages ; 20 cm (hbk)
0241349648
Hardback:The salt path:2018
Author: Winn, Raynor
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Michael Joseph
Resource type: Physical
Note: In one devastating week, Raynor and her husband Moth lost their home of 20 years, just as a terminal diagnosis took away their future together. With nowhere else to go, they decided to walk the South West Coast Path: a 630-mile sea-swept trail from Somerset to Dorset, via Devon and Cornwall. This ancient, wind-battered landscape strips them of every comfort they had previously known. With very little money for food or shelter, Raynor and Moth carry everything on their backs and wild camp on beaches and clifftops. But slowly, with every step, every encounter, and every test along the way, the walk sets them on a remarkable journey. They don't know how far they will travel, but - to their surprise - they find themselves on a path to freedom.
viii, 274 pages, map (black and white) ; 23 cm (hbk)
1510105018
Paperback:The boy at the back of the class:2018
Author: Rauf, Onjali Q.
Author: Curnick, Pippa
Year 2018
Language: English
Media class: Paperback
Publisher: Orion
Resource type: Physical
Note: There used to be an empty chair at the back of my class, but now a new boy called Ahmet is sitting in it. He's nine years old (just like me), but he's very strange. He never talks and never smiles and doesn't like sweets - not even lemon sherbets, which are my favourite! But the truth is, Ahmet really isn't very strange at all. He's a refugee who's run away from a war. A real one. With bombs and fires and bullies that hurt people. And the more I find out about him, the more I want to be his friend. That's where my best friends Josie, Michael and Tom come in. Because you see, together we've come up with a plan.
297 pages, illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm (pbk)
1526611635
Hardback:Three women:2019
Author: Taddeo, Lisa
Year 2019
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Bloomsbury Circus
Resource type: Physical
Note: All Lina wanted was to be desired. How did she end up in a marriage with two children and a husband who wouldn't touch her? All Maggie wanted was to be understood. How did she end up in a relationship with her teacher and then in court, a hated pariah in her small town? All Sloane wanted was to be admired. How did she end up a sexual object of men, including her husband, who liked to watch her have sex with other men and women?
x, 306 pages ; 24 cm (hbk)
1447272501
Hardback:Pets:2014
Author: Robinson, Tony, 1946-
Author: Cobb, Jessica
Author: Thorpe, Del
Year 2014
Language: English
Media class: Hardback
Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books
Resource type: Physical
Note: Tony Robinson takes you on a headlong gallop through time, pointing out all the most important, funny, strange, amazing, entertaining, smelly and disgusting bits about pets. It's history, but not as we know it!
105 pages, illustrations (black and white, and colour) ; 26 cm (hbk)