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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.

August

The Amateur Marriage by Anne Tyler
From the incomparable Anne Tyler, a rich and compelling novel, spanning three generations, about a mismatched marriage - and its consequences.
eBook copies available
Wednesday 1 August, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Bow

This is going to hurt by Adam Kay
Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay's This is Going to Hurt provides a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heart-breaking, this diary is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn't – about life on and off the hospital ward.
eBook copies available
Thursday 9 August, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

The Trial by Franz Kafka
A terrifying psychological trip into the life of one Joseph K., an ordinary man who wakes up one day to find himself accused of a crime he did not commit, a crime whose nature is never revealed to him
Monday 13 August, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Elmet by Fiona Mozley
Atmospheric and unsettling, Elmet is a lyrical commentary on contemporary society and one family's precarious place in it, as well as an exploration of how deep the bond between father and child can go.
Wednesday 15 August, 6:15 - 7:45pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

September

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Clay Jensen returns home from school one day to find a mysterious box with his name on it, outside his front door. Inside he discovers a series of cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker - his classmate and crush. Only, she committed suicide two weeks earlier. On the first tape, Hannah explains that there are 13 reasons why she did what she did - and Clay is one of them. If he listens, Clay will find out how he made the list - what he hears will change his life forever.
eBook and eAudiobook copies available
Wednesday 5 September, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Bow

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
From prize-winning, bestselling author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour de force chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South
eBook copies available.
Monday 10 September, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Set in a society given completely over to pleasure and consumerism, it is both humorous and chilling, and ultimately raises questions about what makes us human.
eBook and eAudiobook copies available

Thursday 13 September, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje
The English Patient won a special one-off award for the Man Booker Prize’s 50th anniversary celebrations – the Golden Man Booker Prize.  All 51 previous winners were considered by a panel of 5 specially appointed judges who chose one work from each decade. The winner was chosen from these 5 titles by a public vote.
eBook copies available.
Wednesday 19 September, 6:15 - 7:45pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Orlando by Virginia Woolf
Orlando has always been an outsider... His longing for passion, adventure and fulfilment takes him out of his own time. Chasing a dream through the centuries, he bounds from Elizabethan England amd imperial Turkey to the modern world. Will he find happiness with the exotic Russian Princess Sasha? Or is the dashing explorer Shelmerdine the ideal man? And what form will Orlando take on the journey - a nobleman, traveller, writer? Man or... woman?
eBook copies available
Thursday 27 September, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

October

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Emily Brontë's only novel tells the tale of the all-encompassing and passionate — yet thwarted — love between Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw, and how this unresolved passion eventually destroys them and many around them.
eBook and eAudiobook copies available
Wednesday 3 October, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Bow

A Horse Walks into a Bar by David Grossman
WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL MAN BOOKER PRIZE 2017

The setting is a comedy club in a small Israeli town. An audience that has come expecting an evening of amusement instead sees a comedian falling apart on stage; a shocking and breathtaking read, Dovaleh G provokes both revulsion and empathy from an audience that doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
eBook copies available
Monday 8 October, 7:00- 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Extraordinary for its exquisite language, its implacable sorrow, its soaring beauty, and for its monumental portrait of the forces that shape families and nations, Homegoing heralds the arrival of a major new voice in contemporary fiction.
eBook and eAudiobook copies available
Thursday 11 October, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
The first book about sleep by a leading scientific expert - Professor Matthew Walker, Director of UC Berkeley’s Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab - reveals his ground-breaking exploration of sleep, explaining how we can harness its transformative power to change our lives for the better.
eBook copies available
Wednesday 17 October, 6:15 - 7:45pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

The Music Shop by Rachel Joyce
Rachel Joyce evokes the emotional power of your favourite record while underlining the importance of the forever-threatened shop down a side street where magic happens.
eBook copies available
Thursday 18 October, 6:00 - 7:00pm
Cubitt Town Library

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Frankenstein is the best-selling horror classic about an experiment that goes horribly wrong, and a monster who swears revenge on his creator.
eBook and eAudiobook copies available
Thursday 25 October, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

November

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 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

A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee
Captain Sam Wyndham, former Scotland Yard detective, is a new arrival to Calcutta. Desperately seeking a fresh start after his experiences during the Great War, Wyndham has been recruited to head up a new post in the police force. But with barely a moment to acclimatise to his new life or to deal with the ghosts which still haunt him, Wyndham is caught up in a murder investigation that will take him into the dark underbelly of the British Raj.
eBook copies available.
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