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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.


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


After Dark by Haruki Murakami
The midnight hour approaches in an almost-empty diner. Mari sips her coffee and reads a book, but soon her solitude is disturbed: a girl has been beaten up at the Alphaville hotel, and needs Mari's help.
Monday 11th March 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Joining the Dots: A Woman in Her Time by Juliet Gardiner
Part of Women’s History Month
Juliet Gardiner, one of Britain’s leading social historians, takes a lyrical look at the changes to women’s lives since 1940, told with examples from her own life. The book provides an intimate, brilliant account of feminism over the last six decades. All our welcome to join the discussion in this Women’s-History-Month-themed meeting.
Wednesday 20 march, 6:15 - 7:45pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
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


Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell
Dramatized through personal struggles; Elizabeth Gaskell’s first novel depicts the great clashes between capital and labour, which arose from rapid industrialisation and problems of trade in the mid-nineteenth century. John Barton has to reconcile his personal conscience with his socialist duty, and his daughter Mary is caught between two lovers, – worker and manufacturer. At the heart of the narrative lies a murder which implicates them all.
Monday 8th April 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street