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, click here for more information Mainstreet-A-Year-of-Books or 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
Hardinge’s previous novel, The Lie Tree (winner of the Costa Book Prize) was read by adults and teens alike. The same should apply to this excellent, atmospheric and utterly gripping story. Living a perilous existence at the beginning of the English Civil War, Makepeace is a strong young woman forced to live with dark secrets from an early age. A perfect wintery read.
Bantam is Jackie Kay’s first collection since she became Makar. It is an intimate collection celebrating family, from the grand-father who sustained a shrapnel wound in World War 1, through her parents whose fierce political beliefs have not been diminished by ill health or age, to the birth of her beloved son.
However is it also her first collection after the Brexit referendum and contains too anger at a result fuelled by fear and xenophobia:
“Our strength is in our difference.
Dinny fear it. Dinny caw canny.”
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 remote 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.
For fans of A Little Life, this is not for the fainthearted, but it is certainly one of my books of the year. Beautiful and brutal in almost equal measure, this is a terrifying examination of a father/daughter relationship. Fourteen year old Turtle Alveston knows how to fire, strip and clean every gun in the house, but is she brave enough to make a friend, and is she willing to do what it takes to escape?
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 a selection of what we have read in the past.
See below for what we are reading next…
WHAT WE ARE READING
Evening Book Group
Wed 21st Feb, 6pm
by Ali Smith
Daytime Book Group
Wed 7th March, 11am
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
& Appointment in Arezzo: A Friendship with Muriel Spark by Alan Taylor
Daytime Book Group
Wed 18th April, 11am
by Keggie Carew
Evening Book Group
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.