All Events

Author Robert J. Harris portrait
Thu 8th Nov 2018

Robert J Harris

Author Event

 

One of our bestselling books last year was The Thirty-One Kings by Robert J Harris which Allan Massie described as ‘A loving tribute to Buchan…. and thoroughly good fun.’  So, we are delighted to announce that Harris will be with us at Mainstreet on Thurs 8th Nov to talk about his next ‘Richard Hannay’ novel, Castle Macnab, a sequel to John Macnab.

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Tue 23rd Oct 2018

The Border Ballads

Author Event

As the nights draw in, do join us at Mainstreet to hear all about our local literary star, Thomas the Rhymer. Singer Poppy Holden will explore the medieval account of Thomas and how the seemingly inexplicable events of the story can be linked to the real-world geography and history of the Scottish Borders.

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Author Rosemary Goring
Thu 18th Oct 2018

Rosemary Goring

Author Event

 

We are very proud to announce that our next author event celebrates a landmark publication – Scotland: Her Story by Rosemary Goring.

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Fri 12th Oct 2018

Val McDermid

Author Event

 

We are delighted to announce that the Queen of Crime herself, Val McDermid, will be with us on Fri 12th Oct to talk about her new novel, Broken Ground.

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Wed 10th Oct 2018

Gill Meller

‘Pop-up’ Dining – Sorry, this event is now SOLD OUT

 

After the success of our first pop-up dining event last Autumn with Olia Hercules, we’re delighted to announce that this October we welcome another of our favourite chefs, Gill Meller, to ‘pop-up’ at Mainstreet. He will be cooking for us from his beautiful new book, Time.

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Sat 6th Oct 2018

Summer Reading Diary

Summer Reading Diary winners announced on National Bookshop Day

National Bookshop Day on 6th October seemed like the perfect moment to award our winners and runners up from the inaugural Summer Reading Diary competition.  The campaign was launched in June to encourage local and visiting children to review up to five books they’d read over the summer holidays.  There were two categories, 4-7yrs and 8-11yr, and two big prizes – win your height in books!

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Author Alexander McCall Smith
Thu 4th Oct 2018

Alexander McCall Smith

Author Event

 

2018 marks 20 years since the first No.1 Ladies Detective Agency was published, so we are truly delighted to announce that Alexander McCall Smith will be at Mainstreet on 4thOctober to talk about his most recent work.

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Tue 25th Sep 2018

Michael Palin

Author Event – Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT

 

We are delighted to announce that globe-trotting national treasure, Michael Palin will be joining us at Mainstreet to talk about his new book, Erebus on Tues 25th September.

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Mon 24th Sep 2018

Clare Balding

Author Event

 

This Autumn we are delighted to welcome back a Mainstreet favourite… Clare Balding will be with us on Mon 24th Sept talking about her bestselling children’s books.

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Tue 18th Sep 2018

Ann Cleeves

Author Event – Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT

We’re delighted to announce that Ann Cleeves will be at Mainstreet on Tues 18th September to celebrate publication of Wild Fire, the eighth and final book in her hugely popular Shetland series. 

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Author Kate Atkinson
Wed 12th Sep 2018

Kate Atkinson

Author Event – Sorry, this event is SOLD OUT

 

It is with great excitement that we announce Kate Atkinson will be with us on Wed 12th September to talk about her magnificent new novel, Transcription. Her many fans will be delighted to hear the book is once again set in wartime London, this time exploring the murky world of British espionage.

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Thu 30th Aug 2018

Claire Askew

Author Event

We are delighted to announce that novelist, Claire Askew, will be joining us on Thurs 30th August to talk about her new thriller, All the Hidden Truths. Brought up in the Scottish Borders, Claire’s first novel won the Lucy Cavandish Prize for Fiction and, among several other accolades, she also received a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award.

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Wed 25th Jul 2018

Tweed Dales

Author Event

We are delighted to announce that Elspeth Turner and Donald Smith will be with us at Mainstreet on Wed 25thJuly talking about their new book, Tweed Dales.

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Cookery demo and chat with chefs Itamar Srulovich & Sarit Packer from Honey & Co
Wed 11th Jul 2018

Honey & Co.

Cooking demo & chat

Itamar Srulovich & Sarit Packer went down a storm when they visited Mainstreet back in 2015 and their delicious food has often informed our menu. So we are thrilled they are back on Wed 11th July, to mark publication of their beautiful new book, Honey & Co: At Home.

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Sat 23rd Jun 2018

10th Birthday Party

Sat 23rd June saw Mainstreet transformed into a mini street party/festival for the day, with bunting, balloons, cake, books and masses more – all to celebrate the past 10yrs.  We hope you enjoy this photo diary of all the fun…

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Thu 21st Jun 2018

Top 10 Books for 10yrs of Mainstreet

Mainstreet is celebrating 10yrs this June.  As part of the birthday campaign, Rosamund and Vivian have selected ten books from ten years of bookselling.
“It was very hard to select ten books to represent ten years of Mainstreet. We tried to think of which book had been the most satisfying hand-sell of each year – it’s an eclectic list, indeed many of the books need to be carefully put into the right hands. The list is dominated by fiction, but also includes some very powerful non-fiction titles and, of course, children’s.” Rosamund

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Wed 20th Jun 2018

Michael Morpurgo

Author Event

SOLD OUT

Our very first event at Mainstreet back in 2008 was with the wonderful Michael Morpurgo, so it is with very great pleasure that we welcome him back during the week of our 10th birthday on 20th June 2018.

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Tue 5th Jun 2018

Emma Healey

Author Event

Many of you will be familiar with Emma Healey’s debut novel, Elizabeth is Missing, which won the Costa First Novel Award in 2014. We are delighted to welcome her to Mainstreet on Tues 5th June to talk about her new book, Whistle in the Dark.

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Sat 2nd Jun 2018

Somerset Day 2018

On a sunny day in the middle of May with Bill de la Hey…

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Thu 31st May 2018

Maggie O’Farrell

Author Event

Regulars at Mainstreet will know that we were a touch evangelical about Maggie O’Farrell’s extraordinary memoir, I Am, I Am, I Am which came out in hardback last year. We are therefore delighted to announce that Maggie, our very own Mainstreet Makar, will be joining us on Thurs 31st May to celebrate publication of the paperback edition.

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James Crawford, Scotland from the Sky
Thu 24th May 2018

James Crawford

Author Event

This May sees the release of a major three part TV series on the landscape of Scotland, telling the story of our nation from a completely different angle. Viewers will be guided through a century of aerial photographs, charting the ever-changing face of Scotland’s rural and urban landscapes.

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Thu 17th May 2018

Spring Wine Tasting

Deli Event

ALLIANCE WINES LAUNCHING OUR SPRING LIST

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Thu 3rd May 2018

Tim Marshall

Author Event

Many of you may be familiar with Prisoners of Geography by Tim Marshall, published to huge acclaim a few years ago…

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Wed 25th Apr 2018

AJ Pearce

Author Event

We are often asked to recommend books to cheer up friends and family – the response, quite often, is to reach for Nancy Mitford, but now we have another contender, Dear Mrs Bird. Better still, its author, A J Pearce, is coming to Mainstreet on Wed 25th April.

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Fri 20th Apr 2018

Dear Mrs Bird by A J Pearce

Book Review

Set in 1940, when neither swearing nor violence were carsual and written in a pastiche of wartime language, Dear Mrs Bird is a breath of fresh air, particularly for readers who have not yet become inured to profanity!  Henriette Bird is a particularly stringent agony aunt whose newest recruit, our heroince Emmy Lake, cannot resist the temptation to inject a little compassion into her boss’s brusque replies.

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The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss
Fri 20th Apr 2018

The Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss

Book Review

Moss’ description of the sheer terror which, for the fortunate amongst us, only occasionally breaks through the monotonous surface of daily parenting, is breathtaking. I came to this book late – but I now aim to read Sarah Moss’ backlist. Her writing is honest, and tender, and just gorgeous.

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Circle by Madeline Miller
Fri 20th Apr 2018

Circe by Madeline Miller

Book Review

Madeline Miller’s first novel, The Song of Achilles, took the literary world by storm when it was published in 2011, and we were lucky enough to host her first event in Scotland. Her second book, Circe, returns to the ancient world, this time with a heroine for modern times. A child born to the house of Helios, she is spurned as neither beautiful nor talented. Love drives Circe to a malicious act of revenge resulting in her banishment to the island of Aiaia. A woman alone, she must defend herself from many who cross her shores, finding love and power as she nurtures skills forbidden to Gods, witchcraft.

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Tara Westover author of Educated
Thu 19th Apr 2018

Tara Westover

Author Event

We’re very excited to announce that Tara Westover will be joining us at Mainstreet on Thurs 19th April to talk about her remarkable memoir, Educated. It’s a book we first heard about back in September and is, without doubt, going to be one of the biggest books of 2018.

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Thu 12th Apr 2018

Scottish Book Trust Awards Ceremony 2018

Vivian reports…

What feels like many moons ago I was invited to sit on a panel to judge an award which went by the catchy title ‘The Award for outstanding Contribution to Children’s Literacy in Scotland’. Ok, so it probably wasn’t that but something similar. The panel consisted of six people with one thing in common – we ALL LOVE BOOKS and are passionate about promoting reading for pleasure among children.

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Thu 5th Apr 2018

Diana Henry

Author Event

Join us on Thurs 5th April to hear award winning, much loved food writer, Diana Henry, in conversation with Stuart Kelly.

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Thu 29th Mar 2018

Graham Robb

Author Event

SOLD OUT

We are delighted to announce that historian, Graham Robb will be with us on Thurs 29th March to talk about his new book, The Debatable Land – a subject very close to home…

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Tue 6th Mar 2018

Sally Magnusson

Author Event

We were fortunate to host Sally Magnusson at Mainstreet to launch her very moving memoir, Where Memories Go, so it is with great pleasure that we welcome her back to talk about her first novel, The Sealwoman’s Gift.

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Thu 1st Mar 2018

I Am, I Am, I Am by Maggie O’Farrell

Book Review

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.

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Thu 1st Mar 2018

Bantam by Jackie Kay

Book Review

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.

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Thu 1st Mar 2018

My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

Book Review

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?

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Thu 1st Mar 2018

Lullaby By Leila Slimani

Opening with the brutal murder of two children in her care Lullaby continues as an examination of how a life lived on the margins of society contrives to turn Louise, seemingly the prefect nanny, into the stuff of nightmares. Not a comfortable read but an excellent portrait of the gradual disintegration of a mind.

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Thu 1st Mar 2018

Sal by Mick Kitson

Book Review

With liberal use of teen language(!) and a rucksack full of essentials (belVitas, Dundee cake) the eponymous hero of Sal removes her younger sister from the danger lurking in their family home and heads for the woods. Her voice is distinct, her story tragic and you will root for her from the first page. An exceptional debut novel from Mick Kitson.

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Thu 1st Mar 2018

Smile by Roddy Doyle

Book Review

Victor Forde is instantly engaging. Alone in a new area of town he finds himself drinking each night at his local bar. Approached by a man who seems to know him, his past starts to unfold in stories told between them. With masterful writing Roddy Doyle elicits easy sympathy for Victor, his irritants become ours and his sorrows too, which leads us to an uncomfortable and stunning denouement.

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Thu 1st Mar 2018

Educated by Tara Westover

Book Review

–A searing, ‘hold your breath’ brilliant memoir of how Tara Westover, despite never attending school, decided, aged 16, to educate herself, ending up with a PHD from Cambridge. This, against the background of her extreme ‘End of Days’ Mormon upbringing in Idaho.

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Wed 28th Feb 2018

Celia Imrie

We are very sorry, but this event has been CANCELLED DUE TO EXTREME SNOW – ticket holders have been notified, full refund applies

What better prospect in the depths of winter, than the wonderful Celia Imrie? We’re delighted to announce that she’s coming to Mainstreet on Wed 28th February.

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Thu 22nd Feb 2018

Scottish Book Trade Conference

By Vivian

Difficult though it is to believe, there was life prior to The Beast from the East. It was possible to wear normal shoes and walk along the pavements of Edinburgh without disappearing into an eight foot snowdrift. I did exactly this last Thursday and was rewarded with a day surrounded by publishers, booksellers and the odd author. The Annual Scottish Book Trade Conference was in town…

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Tue 13th Feb 2018

Stuart Kelly

Author Event

Regulars at our events will be familiar with Stuart Kelly for his elegant author interviews from Rick Stein to Maggie O’Farrell, so it is with great pleasure that we welcome him back, this time as the star of the show, talking about his new book, The Minister and the Murderer. Stuart will be ‘in conversation’ with the director of the Edinburgh Book Festival, Nick Barley.

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Wed 31st Jan 2018

The Sober Diaries

Author Event

Join us at Mainstreet on 31st January to meet a woman who managed to give up drink and keep her sense of humour, oh, and beat cancer and lose two stone at the same time.

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Sun 21st Jan 2018

ABA Winter Institute 2018 – Memphis

By Rosamund

I have been away from the shop floor a fair bit in January so I thought I’d let you know what I’ve been up to…

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Mon 15th Jan 2018

Top Drawer January 2018

Twice a year our HOME team spend a few days in London at TOP DRAWER, a design led lifestyle show which each year showcases talented makers and suppliers from the UK and beyond.

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Fri 8th Dec 2017

HOME HIGHLIGHTS

A treasure trove of all things beautiful and useful.

This Christmas we bring together pieces from some of our favourite makers, nestled amongst all manner of sparkling baubles and stocking fillers. Alongside linen scarves, beeswax candles and Scottish spun twine and raffia, we have gathered together a few highlights to get you into the Christmas spirit.

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Thu 7th Dec 2017

Year of Books 2017

See below for our choice of Books of the Year, there is something for everyone here, from family and friends to Godchildren and Grandparents.

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Wed 6th Dec 2017

Fantastic Beasts

Meet the illustrator

Following our highly competitive Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Quiz in the summer, we are thrilled to announce that Olivia Lomenech Gill, illustrator of the beautiful new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander’s (aka JK Rowling), will be at Mainstreet on Wed 6th Dec.

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Fri 1st Dec 2017

Judith Kerr

Author Event

Children’s books are at the heart of Mainstreet, so we are incredibly excited to announce that legendary autor and illustrator, Judith Kerr, will be with us on Friday 1st December. She will be in conversation with her editor, Ian Craig, talking about her work and celebrating publication of Katinka’s Tail.

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Tue 21st Nov 2017

Michel Roux Snr

Author Event

Michel Roux’s love affair with cheese began at the age of 7 with trips to his local market, St Mandé in Paris, to buy cheese for his family to share as a precious Sunday treat. A lifetime of international travel has served only to increase Michel’s passion for cheese, and inspired his latest book.

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Tue 14th Nov 2017

Olia Hercules

Pop-up Dining Event

Olia Hercules visited Mainstreet a few years ago with her first cookbook, Mamushka. We are delighted to welcome her back for our first ever ‘Pop-up Dining’ event. Olia will be cooking for us from her new book, Kaukasis.

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Fri 10th Nov 2017

Rick Stein

Sold Out

Is coming to St Boswells!

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Wed 8th Nov 2017

Biscuit Clothing pops up at Mainstreet

We’re getting into the spirit of (whisper it) Christmas and hosting a pop-up shop for one of Edinburgh’s top independent retailers, Biscuit Clothing.

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Wed 1st Nov 2017

Jackie Kay

Sold Out

We are delighted to announce that Jackie Kay will be at Mainstreet on Wed 1st November to talk about Bantam, her first collection since becoming Scottish Makar. It is a book about the fighting spirit that Kay argues we need now, more than ever.

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Sat 7th Oct 2017

Bookshop Day

with Patrick Benson, illustrator-in-residence

This year on Bookshop Day (Sat 7th Oct), we are delighted to be celebrating 25 years of a modern classic and Mainstreet favourite, Owl Babies by Martin Waddell, illustrated by Patrick Benson.

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Few memoirs have inspired so many snorts of laughter, spiked with an aftertaste of pathos. Do not miss this chance to hear Adam’s first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice, hilarity, horror and maddening bureaucracy at Mainstreet on Thurs 5th Oct.
Thu 5th Oct 2017

Adam Kay

Talking about his memoir of life as a junior doctor

Meet Adam Kay and the funniest book ever written about the NHS – This is Going to Hurt. Few memoirs have inspired so many snorts of laughter, spiked with an aftertaste of pathos. Do not miss this chance to hear Adam’s first-hand account of life as a junior doctor in all its joy, pain, sacrifice, hilarity, horror and maddening bureaucracy.

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Wed 27th Sep 2017

New Look at Mainstreet

…and other stories

The dust has cleared and we’ve almost finished tweaking, so here’s a taste of the new look at Mainstreet.

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Wed 20th Sep 2017

Building Works at Mainstreet – Sept 2017

After more than nine years, it felt like we needed an update in the Books, Café and Home departments at Mainstreet. So, in September 2017, we took the plunge and announced that the shop would be closed for two and a half days to allow time for building works. It sounded so simple – moving the Café counter nearer the kitchen door, building a new Book till and moving the existing Home till to an improved position. But, as anyone who’s taken on renovations will know, you always have to go through the pain barrier before things start coming together.

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Thu 7th Sep 2017

Tom Kitchin

Cookery Demo

Tom Kitchin loves cooking with game. His beautiful new book, Tom’s Kitchen; Meat & Game, takes a fresh look at meat and game for the home cook. Venison, partridge, pheasant, grouse, rabbit, hare and all things wild find their way into fantastic roasts, full flavoured pasta dishes, terrines and warming soups, richly flavoured pies and puddings and so much more.

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Tue 8th Aug 2017

Vintage Summer

For the past few years Vintage Publishing have run a summer campaign to find their best Vintage Indie Bookshop. This year we decided to go for it!  Regulars to Mainstreet will be familiar with our beautiful vintage Citroen H Van – what better way to support Vintage publishing than by creating a Vintage pop-up bookshop…

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Fri 4th Aug 2017

Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Quiz Night

Summer 2017 marks the 20th Anniversary since first publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Rosamund was lucky enough to work at Bloomsbury from the very beginning of the Harry Potter series until the Deathly Hallows in 2007, so this summer has proved a trip down memory lane. As part of their celebrations, Bloomsbury announced that 20 lucky bookshops around the UK would win the right to host a Harry Potter Quiz night, the winners of which would then go forward to a national final to be held in the autumn, we were thrilled to be selected as one of the 20.

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Sat 17th Jun 2017

Joanna Trollope

Event in collaboration with the Borders Book Festival

Join us in partnership with the Borders Book Festival on Sat 17th June when Joanna Trollope will be talking about her new novel, City of Friends.

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Thu 15th Jun 2017

When Breath Becomes Air
by Paul Kalanithi

Book Review

This is a book to read in one sitting, in fact, I challenge you to look away. One man’s meditation on his life in medicine, set against his terminal diagnosis with inoperable cancer part way through the writing. Powerful, poignant stuff, not least his wife’s afterword.

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Sat 3rd Jun 2017

Afternoon Tea with Salley Vickers

Please join us for a real treat on Saturday 3rd June – afternoon tea with a master in the art of fiction, Salley Vickers. We are huge fans of her most recent novel, Cousins, and this event is to celebrate the publication of the paperback edition.

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Dan Toombs at Mainstreet Trading demonstrating recipes from his book, The Curry Guy
Thu 25th May 2017

Dan Toombs, The Curry Guy

Cookery Demo

Continuing our foodie theme for May, we are delighted to announce that Dan Toombs, aka, The Curry Guy will be with us at Mainstreet on Thurs 25th May.

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Declan Murphy bring to words existence on the frontier between life and death, to describe the incredible bond between man and horse.
Tue 23rd May 2017

Centaur – A man, A horse, A Ghost

Declan Murphy and Ami Rao in conversation with Stuart Kelly, talking about Centaur

The Borders has a rich tradition of the horse, join us at Mainstreet on Tues 23rd May to hear the astonishing true story of a jockey who, quite literally, came back from the dead…

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Sumayya Usmani at mainstreet Trading giving a cooking demonstration from her beautiful new book, Mountain Berries and Desert Spice.
Fri 5th May 2017

Sumayya Usmani

Cookery Demo

Sumayya Usmani, author of Summers Under the Tamarind Tree, will be with us at Mainstreet on Fri 5th May to give a cooking demonstration from her beautiful new book, Mountain Berries and Desert Spice.

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Wed 26th Apr 2017

Modern Calligraphy Workshop

Calligraphy Workshop with Imogen Owen

We have been fans (and stockists) of Imogen Owen’s beautiful card range for many years, so we are delighted to be able to host a first for Mainstreet…

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Thu 13th Apr 2017

Malachy Tallack

Author Event

Regular visitors to Mainstreet will know that we are big fans of Malachy Tallack’s highly acclaimed first book, 60 Degrees North. We are delighted to announce that he’ll be with us on Thurs 13th April to talk about his new book, The Un-Discovered Islands.

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Thu 13th Apr 2017

The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes

Book Review

A slim volume that packs a punch, examining the life of Shostakovich, in the elegant form of a Julian Barnes novel. Life, art, the nature of courage are set against the background of Soviet Russia. There are moments of great wit, and electric jolts of fear as he navigates the perilous and often arbitrary nature of surviving the system.

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Fri 7th Apr 2017

The Lauras by Sara Taylor

Book Review

“I didn’t realize my mother was a person until I was thirteen years old and she pulled me out of bed, put me in the back of the car, and we left home and my dad with no explanation.”

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Tue 4th Apr 2017

My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal

Book Review

Nine year old Leon adores his new baby brother, Jake. He loves looking after him and everything should be wonderful. But Leon’s mum is not coping well and as more and more responsibility falls on Leon’s young shoulders, things get out of hand.

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Sat 26th Nov 2016

John Simpson

In conversation with Edinburgh Book Festival director, Nick Barley

Please join us on Saturday 26th November to celebrate Civilised Saturday with one of the world’s most respected journalists, BBC’s World Affairs editor,

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Fri 25th Nov 2016

Jodi Picoult

Author Event

Rarely has a book felt more relevant. Jodi Picoult’s publisher sent out early review copies of her new book with the message #readwithoutprejudice, and nothing more. No mention that the book was by one of the highest selling authors writing today. The feedback has been phenomenal. An unmissable event with one of the greatest novelists of today, join us at Mainstreet on Friday 25th November.

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Thu 27th Oct 2016

Sabastian Barry

Talking about his new novel, Days without End

Many of us at Mainstreet discovered the writing of Sebastian Barry with his extraordinary novel, The Secret Scripture, so it’s a huge pleasure to welcome him on Thurs 27th October to talk about his new novel, Days Without End.

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Thu 20th Oct 2016

Jeremy Paxman

Discussing his autobiography,

A Life in Questions

We are delighted to announce that Jeremy Paxman will be at Mainstreet for his only Scottish event to launch A Life in Questions on Thurs 20th October.

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Fri 14th Oct 2016

Days without End
by Sebastian Barry

Book Review

A huge in-house favourite and deserved winner of the overall Costa Book of the Year, Days Without End is a novel of love and war set in the American West. A novel that will make you wince with pain and gasp in awe in almost equal measure.

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Sat 8th Oct 2016

Alan Johnston

Author Event

In a year where politics have dominated the news, who better to hear from than one of the UK’s least divisive political figures. We are delighted to announce that Alan Johnson talking will be talking to Stuart Kelly about the third volume of his memoirs, The Long and Winding Road

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Fri 30th Sep 2016

Gill Meller, Gather

Cooking Demo

Join us to welcome in the new season’s flavours with a cooking demo by Gill Meller on Friday 30th September. Gather is the first book from the River Cottage chef, celebrating his unique style of simple cooking with seasonal ingredients at heart. Gill showcases 120 recipes inspired by the landscape in which he lives and works.

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Thu 22nd Sep 2016

Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston

An evening of creative adventure and literary make-believe

We are very fortunate to be hosting an evening event during which these two talented artists will discuss their own flights of imagination and the process by which they then harness their ideas onto the page (we can barely contain our excitement!).

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Tue 2nd Aug 2016

The Girls by Emma Cline

Book Review

An edgy and disturbing book. Cline steps indie the skin of her teenage protagonist with an ease that makes for uncomfortable yet compulsive reading.

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Sat 30th Jul 2016

Judith Miller

Author Event

If you are a fan of the Antiques Roadshow, you will be familiar with the charming and knowledgeable Judith Miller. Who better to guide us through the highs and lows of ‘good, better, best’ in the world of antiques?

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Wed 27th Jul 2016

Elisabeth Luard

Author Event

Calling all armchair foodies, Elisabeth Luard, one of the most entertaining and evocative food writers, will be with us at Mainstreet on Wed 27th July to talk about her enchanting food memoir, Squirrel Pie.

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Sat 4th Jun 2016

Maggie O’Farrell

Author Event

It’s been three years since we last had the pleasure of hosting the wonderful Maggie O’Farrell at Mainstreet. Some things in life are worth the wait – she’s back with us on Sat 4th June to tell us all about her new novel, This Must be the Place. Meet Daniel Sullivan, a man with a complicated life. A New Yorker living in the wilds of Ireland, children in California he never sees, a father he loathes in Brooklyn and a wife, Claudette, who is a reclusive ex-film star given to shooting at anyone who ventures up their driveway…

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Tue 3rd May 2016

Sabrina Ghayour

Cooking Demo

We are delighted to announce that Sabrina Ghayour, author of Persiana (Observer best new cookbook 2014), will be with us to celebrate her new book, Sirocco, with a cookery demo on Tues 3rd May, 3pm.

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Thu 21st Apr 2016

Author Event

In the year of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, please join us at Mainstreet on Thurs 21st April, to celebrate the bard in the company of Benet is a two time winner of the World Public Speaking Competition, his sell-out Edinburgh and London one-man show, The Brandreth Papers, was described as “heroic storytelling” in the Sunday Telegraph’s five star review and he as “one of our nation’s most accomplished raconteurs”.

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Thu 14th Apr 2016

JANET ELLIS

Discussing her new novel, The Butcher’s Hook

Please join us at Mainstreet on Thurs 14th April to meet actress and former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis who will be discussing her debut novel, The Butcher’s Hook with the Edinburgh Book Festival’s Roland Gulliver.

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Wed 16th Mar 2016

Emma Bridgewater

Author Event

“No one understands pattern and design quite like Emma does. This gem of a book celebrates not just her beautiful designs but also the vision that channelled her craft into a global business. She is a remarkable woman and a national treasure.” Kirstie Allsopp

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Thu 11th Feb 2016

Finding your Detective

Author Event

How does a writer find their detective? Agatha Christie her Poirot, Rankin his Rebus? Join us at Mainstreet on Thurs 11th Feb to hear from two masters of crime writing, Sophie Hannah and David Mark. While their subject matter may be dark, these two writers have a strong line in humour, they will make a raucous pair to brighten a gloomy February night.

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Wed 27th Jan 2016

Deliciously Ella

Author Event

Her first book, Deliciously Ella, took the food world by storm in early 2015, becoming the fastest-selling debut cookbook since records began – the new queen of healthy eating, Ella Woodward, will be with us on Wed 27th Jan to talk about her new book, Deliciously Ella Every Day.

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Fri 4th Dec 2015

Mainstreet featured in
House & Garden magazine

In the press

We are thrilled to say that Mainstreet is the Lifestyle feature of House & Garden in December 2015.  Here’s a taste of the story…

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Tue 24th Nov 2015

Paula Hawkins

Author Event

Last year we were proud to host an event with Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist. We are delighted to announce that Paula Hawkins author of this year’s publishing sensation, The Girl on the Train, will be with us at Mainstreet on Tues 24th Nov.

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Sat 14th Nov 2015

Nopi by Ottolenghi

Book Review

The new book in Ottolenghi’s oeuvre is a thing of beauty in itself, complete with glorious gold edges. Don’t be put off by its restaurant heritage, all the recipes have been rigorously tested, with head chef Scully teaching himself to become a home cook in the process.

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Tue 20th Oct 2015

Michael Morpurgo

Author Event

The master storyteller is back at Mainstreet!

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Fri 9th Oct 2015

The Last Tour of Archie Forbes
by Victoria Hendry

Book Review

Step out of your reading comfort zone and pick up The Last Tour of Archie Forbes. It is a gem of a novel that will have you amused, horrified and scared – for all the right reasons. It may even make you a more sympathetic human being. I carried it with me, hoping for a spare moment to read but not wanting it to end too soon. This is Victoria’s Hendry’s second novel, I may just have to buy the first.

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Fri 2nd Oct 2015

Ben Fogle

Author Event

Please join us at Mainstreet to meet TV presenter and lifelong dog lover, Ben Fogle, on Friday 2nd October. He will be talking about a subject close to many of our hearts, Labradors.

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Wed 23rd Sep 2015

Margaret Atwood

Author Event

We are thrilled to announce that bestselling, Booker prize-winning author Margaret Atwood will be joining us at Mainstreet on Wed 23rd September. She will be discussing her wickedly funny anddeeply disturbing new novel, The Heart Goes Last, about a near future in which the lawful are locked up and the lawless roam free.

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Sat 1st Aug 2015

A Little Life
by Hanya Yanagihara

Book Review

Set in mostly New York, this is ostensibly the story of friendship between four men from their days immediately post-college, through to their 50’s. But is so much more than that. The author, through her characters, redefines what family and friendship can be. Utterly compelling from page 1, I was absorbed to the exclusion of everything else while on holiday, and this is not a light book to carry to the beach… It packs serious emotional punch, full of pain and beauty, but astonishingly also flashes of brilliant humour.

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Thu 30th Jul 2015

Mainstreet and Mons in France

And so with the guidance, knowledge and expert linguistic skills of Jon Thrupp, Director of MONS Cheese UK, Bill, Shaun and Phillippa left Mainstreet for the mountains…  We arrive in Geneva to meet Jon Thrupp and begin the drive over the Swiss-French border to Le Grand Bournand in the Alps. We meet Reblochon affineur Jean Pierre Missillier at his maturing rooms and spend some time tasting Reblochon with local wine which perfectly cuts through the richness of the cheese. Good start so far!

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Sat 11th Jul 2015

Honey & Co: The Baking Book

Cookery Demo & Author Talk

Continuing our foodie theme, we are thrilled to have ‘the Honeys’ joining us at Mainstreet on Sat 11th July. They will be talking about, and cooking from, their gorgeous new book on baking. Their first book, Honey & Co, won The Sunday Times Food Book of the Year 2014 and was recently announced as Fortnum & Mason’s Cookbook of the Year. Don’t miss the chance to taste their amazing food and hear their story.

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Wed 10th Jun 2015

Olia Hercules

Cookery Demo & Author Talk

Many of you will be looking forward to the Borders Book Festival which has a strong foodie theme this year. To get you in the mood, we are delighted to welcome the Observer’s Rising Star for 2015, Olia Hercules, to Mainstreet on Wed 10th June.

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Sat 23rd May 2015

The London Coffee Festival 2015

A couple of weeks ago Bill, Shaun and Phillippa headed off to The London Coffee Festival  in search of information, inspiration, – and caffination! (As if we need extra encouragement to drink more coffee!) Here is a sneak peek at what we got up to…

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Sun 26th Apr 2015

Mouse Mansion

Welcome to Mouse Mansion…  Over the past few weeks, Shaun and Phillippa have been secretly building a mansion in our HOME department. It has finally made its way into our windows, and the new inhabitants of Main Street St Boswells have a home!

 

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Thu 19th Feb 2015

S J Watson

Author Event

“Quite simply the best debut novel I’ve ever read” Tess Gerritsen

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Thu 6th Nov 2014

The Sunrise by Victoria Hislop

Author Event

We are delighted to announce that Victoria Hislop, author of bestselling novel, The Island, will be at Mainstreet to talk about her new book, The Sunrise, on Thurs 6th November.

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Mon 29th Sep 2014

Clare Balding

Author Event

We are delighted to announce that, fresh from the Commonwealth Games, Clare Balding will be joining us at Mainstreet on Monday 29th September to talk about her new book, Walking Home: My Family and Other Rambles.

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Wed 13th Aug 2014

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

Book Review

I read Go Set a Watchman on publication last year and, despite the controversy, thoroughly enjoyed hearing Scout’s voice again. On seeing that my daughter had finished reading To Kill a Mockingbird on holiday, I was delighted to scoop it up in her wake and immerse myself in the deep South once more.

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Wed 6th Aug 2014

Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel

There are some books which, when you’re finished reading them, seem to pop into your mind for weeks (or years) afterwards. Set in three periods, just before, just after and twenty years on from a deadly flue that wiped out 99% of the world’s population. It is a remarkable book about memory, love, loss, faith and hope with that rarest of things – a satisfying ending. Our bookshelves are not short of post apocalyptic fiction, but this is something so much more – think Margaret Atwood, not Suzanne Collins.

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Wed 21st May 2014

Andy McNab

Author talk followed by Q&A and book signing

We are very excited to announce that Andy McNab will be at Mainstreet on Wed 21st May to talk about Fortress, the second in his Tom Buckingham series. This is a man who writes from personal experience, he is renowned for his energetic and exciting events.

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Thu 20th Mar 2014

Kirsty Wark

Author Event

The ridiculously talented Kirsty Wark has published her first novel. Having just heaved a sigh of satisfaction as I turned the last page, I can highly recommend The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle (esp. to fans of Maggie O’Farrell). Do join us on the 20th March to hear more when Kirsty will be visiting Mainstreet.

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Tue 11th Mar 2014

Perfect by Rachel Joyce

Author Event

Join us at Mainstreet to hear Rachel Joyce, who shot to fame with her novel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, talk about her new novel, Perfect.

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Tue 25th Feb 2014

Where Memories Go by Sally Magnusson

Author Event

Join us at Mainstreet with Sally Magnusson on Tues 25th Feb for our first event in 2014. It will be something quite different and very special, likely to make you laugh and cry, though not perhaps in equal measure.

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Sun 28th Jul 2013

Music, Paella and a Pint – A Night with the Bookshop Band

@TheBookshopBand just had a customer in talking about last night – ‘I’m lost for words…’ (in a good way!).
— Mainstreet Trading (@mainstreethare) June 23, 2013

This tweet is the only way we could think to describe our evening with ‘The Bookshop Band‘! The supremely talented, (and equally charming) Somerset three piece, delighted our SOLD OUT audience with a whole library of bookish melodies and witty tales of bookshops past. All washed down with scrumptious Paella (made by Shaun and Vivian with game from Burnside Farm Foods, and seasonal local vegetables) and a pint or two of Foxy Blonde Ale from The Scottish Borders Brewery.

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Fri 26th Jul 2013

Discover The Book Burrows

In the depths of our bookshop, under an arch, you may have spotted two secret doors…  One cold January morning, our team of in-house artists began working on a secret project. After some research, and lots of collecting, the idea for ‘The Book Burrow’ was formed. Based on an idea Rosamund had dreamt up in the early days of Mainstreet, we set out to convert two dusty cobwebbed cupboards under the stairs into listening dens, for children to experience the joy of audio books.

 

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Thu 25th Jul 2013

Welcome!

This Summer The Mainstreet Trading Company turns 5!  In celebration we decided to create a blog to give you a little insight into daily life at Mainstreet.  In the 5 years since husband and wife team Rosamund and Bill de la Hey converted the former auction house into a beautiful bookshop and cafe, the shop has proudly received national awards, been host to some truly inspiring authors and more recently expanded to include a wonderfully eclectic new Deli and Home shop. Our community has grown with us, and for that we thank you!

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Thu 4th Apr 2013

Mainstreet featured in Country Living, April 2013

In the Press

We were delighted to be featured in the April issue of Country Living as their Kitchen Table Talent.  Here’s a sample of the text …  The colourful window displays of The Mainstreet Trading Company in the Scottish Borders village of St Boswells are enough to lift the spirits on a dull day.  This morning, art graduate Phillippa is putting the finishing touches to her depiction of James and the Giant Peach, papering and painting a large exercise ball, crafting origami out of vintage-style giftwrap and hanging a cardboard flock of sky-blue birds.  As the scene takes shape, passers-by stop to admire it before being enticed inside by the aroma of Arabica coffee, and the promise of oven-fresh scones and cakes, which are served daily in the bookshop’s in-house cafe.  By lunchtime, loyal customers will be lining up to buy bowls of homemade soup, clutching and discussing their latest literary finds as they near the till, before relaxing at one of the many tables, tucked next to and among the bookcases, to catch up with friends.

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Mon 4th Oct 2010

Mainstreet is featured in Waitrose Kitchen magazine, Oct 2010

In the Press

The nice people at Waitrose Kitchen have written an article about Mainstreet – complete with beautiful photos. Here’s an extract of the text…
…. At this family-run bookshop, the accounts are all in order, thanks to the magical combination of great reads and delicious feeds…. In 2003 [Bill and Ros de la Hey] moved to Scotland, Ros’s childhood home, from London, where Ros had worked for many years for publishers Bloomsbury; Bill was a photographer.

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Olia Hercules – Mamushka

Olia Hercules

We are feeling full of inspiration after a wonderful event with the beautiful Olia Hercules. Her debut cookbook Mamushka, published this month by Octopus, is brimming with delectable recipes and mouth watering photography. We were lucky enough to have Olia with us for her first cookery demo, she cooked Kurka Tabaka (Garlicky Georgian Poussin) for our hungry audience and we assure you – it was delicious!

More below!

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Penguin Little Black Classics

HAPPY 80th BIRTHDAY 
PENGUIN!
To celebrate 80 years of publishing, Penguin have released the
LITTLE BLACK CLASSICS
Pocket size snippets from 80 classics, for 80p each!

Check out the website – www.littleblackclassics.com

After scouring through the stacks, picking the ones we wanted for ourselves – we decided to continue the penguin party throughout the shop. Including a window display filled with books and coffee from another OCC (Ouseburn Coffee Company) whose coffee we sell in our DELI. We like to think coffee plays a big part in fueling classic literature! Click the link for more.

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A Skinful of Shadows

Book Review

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.

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