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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.

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 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

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

December

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

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