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Book Groups

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

April

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Shirley Jackson's deliciously unsettling novel about a perverse, isolated, and possibly murderous family takes readers deep into a labyrinth of dark neurosis, macabre humor, and gothic atmosphere.
eAudiobook copies available
Monday 9 April, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

The Razors Edge by W. Somerset Maugham
A skilful dramatization of a philosophical treatise.
eBook copies available
Thursday 12 April,  6:30 - 8:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

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 18 April, 6:15 - 7:45pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
The grumpiest man you will ever meet but who in the end becomes quite irrestible.
eBook copies available
Thursday 19 April, 6:00 - 7:00pm
Cubitt Town Library

The Outsider by Albert Camus
In his classic existentialist novel, Camus explores the alienation of an individual who refuses to conform to social norms.
Thursday 26 April, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

May

Down and Out in London and Paris by George Orwell
George Orwell's vivid memoir of his time among the desperately poor and destitute in London and Paris is a moving tour of the underworld of society.
eBook copies available
Wednesday 2 May, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Bow

City Reads Special: The Muse by Jessie Burton
A picture hides a thousand words…
eBook copies available
Thursday 10 May, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Idea Store Whitechapel

Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
Aged 24, Matt Haig's world caved in. He could see no way to go on living. This is the true story of how he came through crisis, triumphed over an illness that almost destroyed him and learned to live again.
eBook copies availables
Monday 14 May, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Disgrace by JM Coetzee
Set in post-apartheid South Africa, J. M. Coetzee’s searing novel tells the story of David Lurie, a twice divorced, 52-year-old professor of communications and Romantic Poetry at Cape Technical University.  
eBook copies available
Wednesday 16 May, 6:15 - 7:45pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
A tale of love and friendship and the ability of these qualities to survive adversity
eBook copies available
Thursday 17 May, 6:00 - 7:00pm
Cubitt Town Library

The Beast by Paul Kingsnorth
Set in the Fens in the 11th century and narrated by “buccmaster of holland”, an ex-farmer whose obsessive resistance to the Normans is driven by prophetic dreams,
eBook copies available
Thursday 24 May, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market

June

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

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

July

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

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