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Book Groups

Discuss books with fellow readers at our free, friendly and informal Book Group meetings.


Pie and Mash Down the Roman Road by Melanie McGrath
This is the story of the Roman Road, an East End pie and mash shop and the lives and loves of the people who have worked and eaten there.
Wednesday 6 June, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Bow

Howard’s End by E.M. Forster
A meticulously-observed drama of class warfare, E.M. Forster's Howards End explores the conflict inherent within English society, unveiling the character of a nation as never before
Monday 11 June, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Moon Tiger by Penelope Lively
Winner of the Booker Prize, Penelope Lively's Moon Tiger is the tale of a historian confronting her own, personal history, unearthing the passions and pains that have defined her life.
eBook copies available
Wednesday 20 June, 6:15 - 7:45pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Station Eleven by Emily St.John Mandel
A haunting tale of art and the apocalypse… an unmissable experience!
Thursday 21 June, 6:00 - 7:00pm
Cubitt Town Library

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
Persepolis is a graphic autobiography by Marjane Satrapi that depicts her childhood up to her early adult years in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution.
Thursday 28 June, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market


City Read Special: The Muse by Jessie Burton
On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever…
eBook copies available
Wednesday 4 July, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Bow

Autumn by Ali Smith
Set against the back drop of the UK referendum result and the hysteria over immigration, this book is a quietly funny and moving story about a range of very likable characters making their best way in an imperfect world.
eBook and eAudiobook copies available
Monday 9th July, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

On the Black Hill by Bruce Chatwin
A tale of twin brothers  who never leave home… a comment on the larger questions of human experience.
Thursday 19 July, 6:00 - 7:00pm
Cubitt Town Library

Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Moby Dick recounts the adventures of the narrator Ishmael as he sails on the whaling ship, Pequod, under the command of the monomaniacal Captain Ahab
eBook and eAudiobook copies available
Thursday 26 July, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market


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