Books are the heart of what we do. Although we are a general bookshop, our largest sections are devoted to children’s books, fiction, cookery and biography. We hope our big table displays encourage serendipity, where you might find something entirely different to that which you came in for. But, if we don’t have the book you are looking for, we’d be more than happy to order it for you, usually within 24hrs.READ MORE
We want the experience of our bookshop to be inspiring, ever-changing and welcoming to all. We believe in ‘extreme curation’, so we aim to stock the books we love, and those we think our customers will too. You can read about some of our current favourite books below, and check out our book review archive here.
Thank goodness bookshops still exist – especially magical Mainstreet! Your books fly off the shelves, window displays are amazing, and you could not have a more delightful and knowledgeable team.” Marylin StovoldClose
The best thing about the life of a bookseller is definitely being asked to recommend a book. You’ll see a few of our most recent top tips below, but if you’d like to browse our
BOOK REVIEW ARCHIVE click here.
Our book subscription service is proving very popular – every month (except Dec) a hand-picked, beautifully wrapped book will arrive by post. Available in hardback, paperback and children’s, please ask in-store for details.
We are proud supporters of this national campaign championing ‘bricks & mortar’ bookshops. “What I say is, a town isn’t a town without a bookstore. It may call itself a town, but unless it’s got a bookstore, it knows it’s not foolin’ a soul.” Neil Gaiman
The children’s department is really a shop-within-a-shop, and, arguably, the most important part of the shop. We love children’s books so much at Mainstreet that this section has a whole page to itself here.
We like to reward our lovely customers. Ask at the books till for your Love Your Indie card and receive one stamp for every £10 you spend on books. Once you’ve completed your card, choose a free book online from some of the best independent publishers.
We run two book groups at Mainstreet, one meets in the evening, the other during the day, monthly, usually on a Wednesday. See below for more info, new members are welcome, come along and give it a try.
BOOKS WE LOVE
Based on a true story, this is the amazing tale of three men and nine boys stranded for months on St Kilda’s Warrior Stac in 1727. It reads like a thriller, beautifully paced throughout, the extraordinary setting informs much of the action.
Highly recommended for 12yrs plus (and definitely one for grown ups too).
Reading To Kill a Mockingbird opened my eyes to a prejudice and hatred I would never experience. The Hate U Give should do this for a whole new generation.
Fast paced and dynamic, Angie Thomas gives voice to people whose only crime is the colour of their skin.
Please read this book… Walk a mile in someone else’s hi-tops.
A searing memoir of the author’s seventeen brushes with death, from a childhood illness she wasn’t expected to survive, to a terrifying encounter with a stranger on a Welsh hillside.
This is a book that makes you see the world afresh, grateful for every moment. Using all her skills as a novelist, O’Farrell moves cleverly around her life, with a sharp, often painful, clarity.
Don’t be put off by the very long first sentence (I was), this is a rollercoaster of a novel set in pre-independence New York. For sheer wit and energy, this book is a joy. The young city is alive with noise, clamour, intrigue and wickedness, with our irresistible hero at the heart of it whether he likes it or not.
The Daytime Book group meetings are held monthly in the barn (above the DELI) on a Wednesday at 11am, the Evening Book Group meets in the bookshop at 6pm. You don’t need to be a member, just come along and give it a try. Dip into the Book Group archive to see what we have read in the past.
See below for what we are reading next…
WHAT WE ARE READING
Daytime Book Group
Wed 25th Oct, 11am
The Colour Bar
by Susan Williams
Evening Book Group
Wed 25th Oct, 6pm
A Country Road, a Tree
by Jo Baker
Daytime Book Group
Wed 15th Nov, 11am
by J D Vance
Evening Book Group
Wed 22nd Nov, 6pm
by Ian McEwan
We are very lucky that many of the Mainstreet team are talented artists. All our displays are made by hand, often using recycled cardboard boxes from our book deliveries. If you would like to see some of our windows through the years visit our window display archive.