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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.


QB VII by Leon Uris
A dramatic courtroom novel published in 1970,  highlighting the events leading to a libel trial brought by an emminent surgeon when an author accuses him of being the most sadistic doctor working at a concentration camp where his family were exterminated.
Wednesday 3 April, 7.00 pm - 8.30pm
Idea Store Bow

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

My Italian Bulldozer by Alexander McCall Smith
When a food writer touches down in Italy to find his hire car is missing and the alternative is a bulldozer we have the makings of a very Italian and romantic adventure.
Thursday 18 April, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Cubitt Town Library


Swing Time by Zadie Smith
Longlisted for The Man Booker Prize 2017 It is a story about music and identity, race and class, those who follow the dance and those who lead it.
eBook and eAudiobook copies available
Wednesday 1 May, 7.00 pm - 8.30pm
Idea Store Bow

The Quiet American by Graham Greene
Into the intrigue and violence of Indo-China comes Pyle, a young idealistic American sent to promote democracy through a mysterious 'Third Force'. As his naive optimism starts to cause bloodshed, his friend Fowler, a cynical foreign correspondent, finds it hard to stand aside and watch. But even as he intervenes he wonders why: for the sake of politics, or for love?
Monday 13 May, 7:00 - 8:30pm
Idea Store Chrisp Street

Greatest Hits by Laura Barnett
A story about a musician born in the 50s and who selects sixteen songs that have meant the most to her, “mesmerising ballad of a book.”
Thursday 16 May, 6:00 – 7:00pm
Cubitt Town Library