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Book Club

Books previously discussed by the club are: On Beauty (Zadie Smith), The Seymour Tapes (Tim Lott), The Sea (John Banville), The Night Watch (Sarah Waters), Cell (Stephen King), The Plot against America (Philip Roth), Small Island (Andrea Levy), The History of Love (Nicole Krauss), Labyrinth (Kate Mosse), Mailman (Robert Lennon), Saturday (Ian McEwan); Never Let Me Go (Kazuo Ishiguro); Notes on a Scandal (Zoe Heller); The Da Vinci Code (Dan Brown); Oracle Night (Paul Auster); Oryx and Crake (Margaret Atwood); Death and the Penguin (Andrey Kurkov); Star of the Sea (Joseph O’Connor); Judge Savage (Tim Parks); The Book Against God (James Wood); Snow (Orhan Pamuk); Vernon God Little (DBC Pierre); Millennium People (JG Ballard); State of Fear (Michael Crichton) and Everything is Illuminated (Jonathan Safran Foer).

The BookClub is open to Academy of Ideas associates. If you do not regularly attend the Book Club and would like to come along please email Geoff Kidder. There is a £5 charge for room hire. Any queries please call Geoff on (020) 7269 9224.



events archive

‘The Wedding’ by Dorothy West

7:00pm, Tuesday 6 October

‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury

7:00pm, Thursday 30 July

‘Normal People’ by Sally Rooney

7:00pm, Thursday 11 June

‘Machines Like Me’, by Ian McEwan

7:00pm, Tuesday 19 May

‘The Plague’ by Albert Camus

7:00pm, Thursday 30 April

‘Animal Farm: a fairy story’, by George Orwell

7:00pm, Thursday 16 April

Cities in culture: a balloon debate

6:30pm, Wednesday 12 June 2019

White Bodies

7:00pm, Monday 4 June 2018

That Existential Leap: a crime story

7:00pm, Tuesday 19 September 2017

Book Club: Three Daughters of Eve by Elif Shafak

7:00pm, Wednesday 31 May 2017

Nutshell by Ian McEwan

7:00pm, Monday 27 March 2017

Hillbilly Elegy, by JD Vance

7:30pm, Thursday 16 February 2017

Sweet Caress by William Boyd

7:00pm, Thursday 24 November 2016

My Brilliant Friend

7:00pm, Wednesday 14 September 2016

Spirit House by Mark Dapin

7:00pm, Tuesday 26 July 2016

Submission by Michel Houellebecq

7:00pm, Monday 6 June 2016

Book Club: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

7:00pm, Thursday 21 April 2016

Book Club: The Children Act by Ian McEwan

7:00pm, Wednesday 25 February 2015


7:00pm, Wednesday 4 June 2014


7:00pm, Monday 15 April 2013

Bring Up The Bodies

7:00pm, Tuesday 5 February 2013

The Sisters Brothers

7:00pm, Wednesday 2 May 2012

The Marriage Plot

7:00pm, Tuesday 28 February 2012

The Sense of an Ending

7:00pm, Tuesday 17 January 2012

Alone in Berlin

7:00pm, Tuesday 20 September 2011


7:00pm, Tuesday 7 June 2011

The Road

7:00pm, Tuesday 29 March 2011

American Rust

7:00pm, Tuesday 8 February 2011


7:00pm, Tuesday 10 August 2010

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

7:00pm, Tuesday 11 May 2010


7:00pm, Tuesday 2 February 2010

‘The Quickening Maze’

7:00pm, Wednesday 25 November 2009

‘Something To Tell You’

7:00pm, Tuesday 8 September 2009


7:00pm, Tuesday 7 July 2009

‘The Broken Word’

7:00pm, Tuesday 19 May 2009

‘The Damned United’

7:00pm, Tuesday 31 March 2009

‘The Vanishing Act of Esme Lennox’

7:00pm, Tuesday 3 February 2009

‘The Ninth Life of Louis Drax’

7:00pm, Tuesday 23 September 2008

‘Then We Came To The End’

7:00pm, Tuesday 8 July 2008

‘Digging to America’

7:00pm, Wednesday 7 May 2008

‘Mister Pip’

7:00pm, Tuesday 18 March 2008

‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’

7:00pm, Tuesday 22 January 2008

‘Half of a Yellow Sun’

7:00pm, Tuesday 20 November 2007


7:00pm, Tuesday 18 September 2007

‘A State of Denmark’

7:00pm, Tuesday 17 July 2007

‘On Chesil Beach’

7:00pm, Tuesday 5 June 2007

‘The Secret River’

7:00pm, Tuesday 8 May 2007

‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’

7:00pm, Tuesday 3 April 2007


7:00pm, Tuesday 20 February 2007

‘Without Blood’

7:00pm, Tuesday 16 January 2007

Everyman’s Rules for Scientific Living

7:00pm, Monday 20 November 2006

The Sea

7:00pm, Tuesday 25 July 2006

The Night Watch

7:00pm, Tuesday 13 June 2006