Books of the Year 2019

See below for our choice of Books of the Year 2019.

There is something for everyone here, from family and friends to Godchildren and Grandparents. We will have stock of all these titles in-store, but if you would like to reserve a particular title, just email us on books@mainstreetbooks.co.uk.

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ILLUSTRATED

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox & the Horse by Charles Mackesy (£16.99)
A philosophy for life told through beautiful illustrations. (Vivian)

Migration by various (£19.99)
A delightful little book exploring and illustrating ideas of migration. (Vivian)

Edinburgh Revisited by Gordon Hunter & Don Ledingham (£25)
See our beautiful capital, and our local hills, in a different light where gorgeous photography meets just the right words. (Rosamund)

Morning Glory on the Vine by Joni Mitchell (£30)
A beautifully produced book containing songs and paintings by the incomparable Joni Mitchell. Give this to the hippy in your life! (Vivian)

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NON FICTION

Twas the Nightshift Before Christmas by Adam Kay (£9.99)
Adam Kay worked six straight Christmas shifts in his time with the NHS, and somehow still saw the funny side… (Vivian)

The Scottish Clearances by Tom Devine (£9.99)
Essential reading for everyone who wants the best quality, authoritative narrative non-fiction. (Rosamund)

A Game of Birds & Wolves by Simon Parkin (£20)
Much like Bletchley Park, this fascinating new insight into WWII tells of a very high stakes game of battleships that changed the course of the war. (Rosamund)

Mudlarking by Lara Maiklem (£18.99)
Lara is a mudlark, sifting through and unearthing eclectic pieces from different periods of time along the ebb and flow of the River Thames, which she calls the longest archaeological site in England. (Susanna)

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FICTION

The Survival Game by Nicola Singer (£8.99)
Sea-levels in Britain have risen, Scotland has become a sanctuary. The plight of refugees made all too real for YA readers.

Moonrise by Sarah Crossan (£7.99)
Told in blank verse, this heart-wrenching tale of two brothers maintains Sarah Crossan’s hight standard of writing.

Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean (£6.99)
Based on a true story set in 1727, off the island of St Kilda – extraordinarily vivid, dynamic storytelling – rec. adults to read before you give!

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YOUNG AULT

Bearmouth by Liz Hyder (£12.99)
This is going to win awards, a tale that has the feel of a Victorian mine, or is it a dystopian hell? Powerful, brilliant stuff. (Rosamund)

The Gifted, The Talented & Me by William Sutcliffe (£7.99)
To be pressed into the hands of every teen you know – that rarest of things, a genuinely funny coming of age story. (Rosamund)

Toffee by Sarah Crossan (£12.99)
Another startlingly topical piece of writing by award winning author Sarah Crossan, exploring the relationship between a young runaway and a forgetful old lady, beautiful. (Vivian)

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CHILDREN’S FICTION 8-12yrs

No Ballet Shoes in Syria by Catherine Burton (£6.99)
Classic storytelling – filled with warmth, hope and humanity. The Bookseller’s Association’s chosen Book of the Month for Dec. (Vivian)

Somerset Tsunami by Emma Carroll (£6.99) 
Based on a true story, the heir to Michael Morpurgo strikes again (Rosamund)

The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell (£12.99)
If you haven’t yet read Katherine Rundell this is a particularly good place to start. The perfect (half)pint-sized thriller. (Vivian)

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CHILDREN’S NON FICTION 8-12yrs

Humanimal by Christopher Lloyd & Mark Ruffle (£12.99)    
Have you ever wondered just how closely we are related to animals? You are in for some surprises with this excellent new book from the author of What On Earth Happened. (Rosamund)

Mr Shaha’s Recipes for Wonder by Alom Shaha (£8.99) 
Science in the kitchen for Primary schoolers. My twenty-somethings loved it! (Vivian)

Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall (£16.99)
Our world explained in twelve simple maps. (Rosamund)

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PICTURE BOOK 3-6YR

Madame Badoubadah by Sophie Dahl & Lauren O’Hara (£12.99)
A modern classic in the making, a wonderful new character with the best name in the business. (Rosamund)

The Snow Dragon by Abi Elphinstone & Fiona Woodcock (£7.99)
A sweet tale of an orphan girl who dreams of adventure that the whole family will enjoy. (Courtney)

You’re Called What? by Kes Gray (£6.99)
Much hilarity for tinies with these ludicrously named, and outrageous looking animals. By the author of Oi Frog! (Vivian)

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BIOGRAPHY

Lady-in-Waiting by Lady Glenconner (£20)
If you saw her on Graham Norton, we need say no more… glorious. (Rosamund)

The Glossy Years by Nicholas Coleridge (£25)
Behind the scenes in the fascinating, funny and clever world of glossy magazines from leader of the pack, Nicholas Coleridge – sit back and let it wash over you. (Rosamund)

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo (£16.99) 
Biography which reads like fiction. Devastating, and oh so important. (Vivian)

Hard Pushed by Lisa Hazard (£16.99)
A paean to the mothers and midwives who strive so hard to deliver healthy babies with increasingly limited resources. (Vivian)

Where there’s a Will by Emily Chappell (£14.99)
Recommended for cyclists and non-cyclists alike, a beautifully written racing memoir that reads, at times, like a thriller. (Rosamund)

The World According to Doddie by Doddie Weir (£12.99) 
Little snippets of wisdom from a lovely man who’s facing the worst with a smile on his face. (Vivian)

Down in the Valley by Laurie Lee (£12.99)
A writer’s tribute to the landscape that shaped him and unfortunately now seems a distant memory. (Vivian)

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COOKERY

Aran by Flora Shedden (£22) 
Tried and tested in her café (and ours!), this is down to earth, beautiful baking. (Rosamund)

Christmas Treats and Feasts by Donna Hay (£20)
Arguably the most well-loved home cook back in my home country, I’ve been cooking from Donna Hay’s book for more than a decade. Packed with delicious twists on classic Christmas recipes, you’ll want to cook out of this book all year round. (Courtney)

From the Oven to the Table by Diana Henry (£25)
There’s a definite theme in cookery books just now to simplify but also enliven mealtimes, a win-win situation. (Vivian)

Greenfeast to the Table by Nigel Slater (£22)
Nigel Slater doing what he does best: combining ingredients with minimum faff for maximum flavour. I love him! (Vivian)

Dishoom by Shamil Thakrar (£26) 
Much more than a cookbook, this is a love letter to the city of Bombay, and the food’s great too. (Rosamund)

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Wed 11th Dec 2019
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