opening-hours

Tues-Sat 9am - 5.30pm
(café closes 5pm)

Sun 11am - 4.30pm
(café closes 4pm)

parking

Customer parking at
rear of the building

Our Books

Our Books

See above for Phillippa and Shaun's amazing window display celebrating both the Borders Railway and Jim Kay's new illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

We stock a range of over 6,500 titles, with our largest sections devoted to children’s books, fiction, cookery and biography.  Rosamund de la Hey was formerly children’s marketing director at Bloomsbury Publishing so there is an understandable bias towards this area of publishing.  She likes nothing better than being asked for advice on what to buy for children, or better still discussing this with the children themselves.  Not to be outdone, Bill de la Hey is always on the lookout for new and exciting cookbooks, although it will take some doing to beat his favourite, the Women’s Institute SOUPS, the source for many of the in-house soups of the day.

If we don’t have the book you are looking for in-store, we would be happy to order it for you.  If our wholesaler has it in stock they supply on a next day delivery service to collect in-store (which works out quicker than amazon).  Just email us on info@mainstreetbooks.co.uk if you’d like to order a book.

  • Mainstreet Gift Vouchers available - valid throughout the shop 
  • National Book Tokens - can be redeemed or purchased at Mainstreet and participating bookshops around the UK

BOOK GROUP:

Next Meetings:

APRIL

Daytime Group

Wed 5th April - 11am

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

Mothering Sunday by Graham Swift

Evening Group

Wed 12th April - 6pm

Days without End by Sebastian Barry

MAY

Daytime Group

Wed 3rd May, 11am - please note, this meeting will take place in the barn (in our event space above the Deli & Home Shop) - please order drinks (if you would like them) from the café from 10.30 before the meeting begins at 11am

books tbc - the group will be reading 2 titles from the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction

Evening Group

Wed 10th May, 6pm

All for Nothing by Walter Kempowski

 

The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction - longlist:

Jo Baker - A Country Road, A Tree (Doubleday)
Julian Barnes - The Noise of Time (Jonathan Cape)
Sebastian Barry - Days Without End (Faber)
Richard Francis - Crane Pond (Europa)
Linda Grant - The Dark Circle (Virago)
Charlotte Hobson - The Vanishing Futurist (Faber)
Hannah Kent - The Good People (Picador Australia)
Ed O’Loughlin - Minds of Winter (riverrun)
Sarah Perry - The Essex Serpent (Profile)
Dominic Smith - The Last Painting of Sara de Vos (Allen & Unwin Australia)
Francis Spufford - Golden Hill (Faber)
Graham Swift Mothering Sunday (Scribner)
Rose Tremain - The Gustav Sonata (Chatto & Windus)

INTERESTED IN JOINING OUR BOOK GROUP?  If you are interested in joining the group please email info@mainstreetbooks.co.uk to join our mailing list.  Meetings for the Daytime Group are normally monthly on a Wednesday at 11am, and Evening Group at 6pm, but information will be emailed in advance to those on the mailing list.  Follow the Daytime Group through The Southern Reporter's Book Group column.

BOOK LISTS:
Whether a teacher or a parent, if you would like advice on book lists for children, please feel free to book a time with Rosamund or Vivian, they would be delighted to help.