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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.


Children's Fiction
This month we'll be reading and discussing two children's fiction titles: The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams and Monacello: The Little Monk by Geraldine McCaughrean.
eBook copies of The Boy in the Dress are available
Wednesday 7 November, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Bow

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
'The Left Hand of Darkness' is a ground-breaking work of feminist science fiction, an imaginative masterpiece which poses challenging questions about sexuality, sexism and the organisation of society.
Thursday 8 November, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
One of the funniest, sharpest novels about love and growing up ever written. Linda is first courted by a Tory MP and then becomes embroiled with a handsome but humourless communist, before she risks everything on a chance at real, head-over-heels love in war-torn Paris
Monday 12 November, 7:00- 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

The Dry by Jane Harper
A BBC Radio 2 Book Club Choice, Sunday Times Crime Book of the Month and a stunning debut novel.
Thrusday 15 November, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Cubitt Town Library

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
An unforgettable journey into one man’s remarkable life, and an epic story about the power, intimacy, and curious beauty of the work of healing others.
Wednesday 21 November, 6:15 - 7:45pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

The Crow Road by Iain Banks
Warm, funny, enchanting, poignant - the scope of The Crow Road is complex, telling the tale of the McHoan family - past present and future. A tale of unrequited love, a man preoccupied with death, sex, drink, God and illegal substances.
Thursday 22 November, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market


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
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 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