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Book Groups

Discuss books with fellow readers at our free, friendly and informal Book Group meetings. Pick up copies of the latest title at your local Idea Store, or download eBook and eAudiobook copies from our eLibrary.

December

Christmas Book Group
You are invited to share your favourite short stories and poems, as well as anything you've writtien, at our festive Book Group session!
Wednesday 5 December, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Bow

Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie
Winner of the 2018 Women’s Prize for Fiction, Home Fire is a modern retelling of Antigone set among a family divided by politics, love, and radicalism.
eBook copies available
Monday 8 December, 7:00- 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
A Novel of breath-taking sweep and emotional power that traces three hundred years in Ghana and along the way also becomes a truly great American novel.    
eBook and eAudiobook copies available
Thursday 19 December, 6:15 - 7:45pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North
Harry August has a pretty ordinary life. He is born in Berwick-upon-Tweed in 1919 and dies in a hospital in Newcastle in 1989. In the meantime he has different jobs, various relationships and tries to move on from his difficult family life. But when he dies he finds himself as a child again, regaining his memories of his prior life. This happens again. And again.
Thursday 20 December, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

After Me Comes the Flood by Sarah Perry
D
ebut novel from Sarah Perry, “a deeply creepy and startlingly well-written tale of religion and mystery.”
eBook copies available
Thursday 20 December,  6:00 - 7:00pm
Cubitt Town Library

January 2019

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins
Walter Hartright's encounter with a nameless and distressed woman in white begins one of the greatest mystery thrillers in the English language. This is a gripping tale, intricately plotted and compellingly told.
eAudiobook copies available
Wednesday 2 January, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Bow

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville
Herman Melville's greatest work, and hailed as a classic American novel, Moby Dick tells the tale of one man's fatal obsession and his willingness to sacrifice his life and that of his crew to achieve his goal. And there’s a whale in it.
eBook and eAudiobook copies available
Monday 14 January, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
Arundhati Roy’s Booker Prize-winning novel was a literary sensation of the 1990s: a story anchored to anguish but fuelled by wit and magic.
eBook copies available
Thursday 16 January, 6:15 - 7:45pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
When a string of strange deaths plagues a wealthy Italian abbey, Brother William of Baskerville is called to unravel the mystery. In this 14th-century thriller, every death exposes a new piece of an age-old conspiracy. Dangerous knowledge and the future of the Catholic Church hang in the balance. Follow along as William races against time to crack the case!
eBook copies available
Thursday 24 January, 6:00 - 7:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

February

The Little Stranger by Sarah Waters
In a dusty post-war summer in rural Warwickshire, a doctor is called to a patient at lonely Hundreds Hall. Home to the Ayres family for over two centuries, the Georgian house, once grand and handsome, is now in decline, its masonry crumbling, its gardens choked with weeds, its owners - mother, son and daughter - struggling to keep pace.But are the Ayreses haunted by something more sinister than a dying way of life? Little does Dr Faraday know how closely, and how terrifyingly, their story is about to become entwined with his.
Wednesday 6 February, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Bow