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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.

January

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

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
This  is a dark, gritty and disturbing tale of self-destructive journalist Camille  Preaker, who returns to Wind Gap – the once-grand, now-struggling Missouri town she thought she had escaped to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl, a schoolmate of her Lolita-in-training half-sister Amma. This unsettling read will fill you with doubt and keep you second guessing the whole way through.
Thursday 10 January
Idea Store Whitechapel

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

His Bloody Project by Graeme Macrae Burnet
In 1869, a brutal triple murder in the remote Wester Ross village of Culduie leads to the arrest of a seventeen-year-old crofter, Roderick Macrae. There is no question of Macrae’s guilt, but it falls to the most eminent legal and psychiatric minds to uncover what drove him to his bloody deeds. Ultimately, the young man’s fate hinges on one key question: is he insane?
eBook copies available
Wednesday 16 January, 6:15 - 7:45pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Moonglow by Michael Chabon
A dying grandfather transports the reader through an entire era via lyrical tales of war, love and model rockets.
eBook and eAudiobook copies available
Thursday 17 January, 6:00 - 7:00pm
Cubitt Town Library

Catch 22 by Joseph Heller
Set in the closing months of World War II in an American bomber squadron off the coast of Italy, Catch-22 is the story of a bombardier named Yossarian who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he has never even met keep trying to kill him.
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

Reservoir 13 by Jon McGregor
Unfolding over 13 years, Reservoir 13 tells the story of many lives haunted by one family's loss. Winner of the 2017 Costa novel award.
eBook copies available
Monday 11 February, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Washington Square by Henry James
With sharply focused attention upon just four principal characters, James provides an acute analysis of middle-class manners and behaviour in the New York of the 1870's, a period of great change in the life of the city. Catherine Sloper has found the man of her dreams in Morris Townsend, but her plans to marry him are strongly opposed by her father, who believes Townsend is only interested in his daughter for her money. But Catherine is determined to follow her heart, even if she loses her inheritance in the process. But just what are Townsend's intentions?
Thursday 14 February, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel
As part of Tower Hamlet’s LGBTX Heritage Month discuss Alison Bechdel’ ground-breaking masterpiece. Don’t knock graphic novels until you’ve tried this one… you may be surprised!
Wednesday 20 February, 6:15 - 7:45pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg
A mouth-watering tale of love, laughter and mystery.
Thursday 21 February, 6:00 - 7:00
Cubitt Town Library

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Set against the background of dust bowl Oklahoma and Californian migrant life, it tells of the Joad family, who, like thousands of others, are forced to travel West in search of the promised land.
eBook and eAudiobook copies available
Thursday 28 February, 6:00 - 7:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

March

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
The tale of Dorian Gray’s moral disintegration caused a scandal when it first appeared in 1890, but though Wilde was attacked for the novel’s corrupting influence, he responded that there is, in fact, “a terrible moral in Dorian Gray.”
eBook and eAudiobook copies available
Wednesday 20 March, 6:15 - 7:45pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
C
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