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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.


Presumed Innocent by Scott Turow
Turow’s first novel. It is the story of a prosecutor charged with the murder of his colleague, an attractive and intelligent prosecutor, Carolyn Polhemus. It is told in the first person by the accused.
Wednesday 5 June, 7.00 pm – 8.30pm
Idea Store Bow

The End of Days by Jenny Erpenbeck
'Erpenbeck has honed an extraordinary gift for focusing the sweep of European history into intimate moments, captured in prose of a haunting beauty and tenderness. The End of Days compresses almost 100 years of war, exile, revolution and persecution into rapt snapshots from a single life. Hypnotically involving'
Monday 10 June, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street [Temporarily based at Poplar Baths]

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat by Oliver Sacks
A classic work of psychology, this international bestseller provides a groundbreaking insight into the human mind.
eBook copies available
Wednesday 19 June, 6:00 - 7:30pm
Idea Store Canary Wharf

Normal People by Sally Rooney
This book was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018. It’s the story of two people who try to stay apart but find they are unable to do so – a tale of “mutual fascination, friendship and love.”
eBook copies available
Thursday 20 June, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Cubitt Town Library

The Stepney Doorstep Society by Kate Thompson
The unsung and remarkable stories of the women who held London's East End together during not one, but two world wars.
Thursday 28 June, 6:30 - 8:00pm
Idea Store Watney Market


Snap by Belinda Bauer
On a stifling summer's day, eleven-year-old Jack and his two sisters sit in their broken-down car, waiting for their mother to come back and rescue them. But she doesn't come back.  And life as the children know it is changed for ever.
eBook and eAudiobook copies available
Monday 8 July, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street [Temporarily based at Poplar Baths]

A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka
An entertaining story of sibling rivalry – an elderly Ukrainian widower living in Britain falls in love with a Russian gold-digger in search of a passport to prosperity.
eBook copies available
Thursday 18 July, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Cubitt Town Library


The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
One of the most celebrated works of literature for children, The Wind in the Willows is a timeless tale of animal cunning and human camaraderie.
eBook and eAudiobook copies available
Monday 12 August, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street [Temporarily based at Poplar Baths]

Sofia Khan is not Obliged by Ayisha Malik
The City Read choice for 2019 – Sofia Khan is single again and after being asked to write a book about Muslim dating she does need to do some research...
Thursday 15 August, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Cubitt Town Library