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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.


After Dark by Haruki Murakami
The midnight hour approaches in an almost-empty diner. Mari sips her coffee and reads a book, but soon her solitude is disturbed: a girl has been beaten up at the Alphaville hotel, and needs Mari's help.
Monday 11th March 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood
A retelling of The Tempest, Margaret Atwood’s novel take on Shakespeare’s play of enchantment, retribution, and second chances leads us on an interactive, illusion-ridden journey filled with new surprises and wonders of its own.
eBook copies available
Thursday 14 March, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Joining the Dots: A Woman in Her Time by Juliet Gardiner
Part of Women’s History Month
Juliet Gardiner, one of Britain’s leading social historians, takes a lyrical look at the changes to women’s lives since 1940, told with examples from her own life. The book provides an intimate, brilliant account of feminism over the last six decades. All our welcome to join the discussion in this Women’s-History-Month-themed meeting.
Wednesday 20 March, 6:15 - 7:45pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
hosen for Women’s History Month this is “a masterpiece from one of the great writers of the 20th century.
Thursday 21 March, 6:00 - 7:00pm
Cubitt Town Library

Lord of the Flies by William Golding
When a plane crashes on a remote island, a small group of schoolboys are the sole survivors. From the prophetic Simon and virtuous Ralph to the lovable Piggy and brutish Jack, each of the boys attempts to establish control as the reality- and brutal savagery-of their situation sets in.
eBook and eAudiobook copies available
Thursday 28 March, 6:00 - 7:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market


QB VII by Leon Uris
A dramatic courtroom novel published in 1970,  highlighting the events leading to a libel trial brought by an emminent surgeon when an author accuses him of being the most sadistic doctor working at a concentration camp where his family were exterminated.
Wednesday 3 April, 7.00 pm - 8.30pm
Idea Store Bow

Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
Dramatized through personal struggles; Elizabeth Gaskell’s first novel depicts the great clashes between capital and labour, which arose from rapid industrialisation and problems of trade in the mid-nineteenth century. John Barton has to reconcile his personal conscience with his socialist duty, and his daughter Mary is caught between two lovers, – worker and manufacturer. At the heart of the narrative lies a murder which implicates them all.
Monday 8th April 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith
When a food writer touches down in Italy to find his hire car is missing and the alternative is a bulldozer we have the makings of a very Italian and romantic adventure.
Thursday 18 April, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Cubitt Town Library


Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2017 It is a story about music and identity, race and class, those who follow the dance and those who lead it.
eBook and eAudiobook copies available
Wednesday 1 May, 7.00 pm - 8.30pm
Idea Store Bow

Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett
A story about a musician born in the 50s and who selects sixteen songs that have meant the most to her, “mesmerising ballad of a book.”
Thursday 16 May, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Cubitt Town Library