All Events

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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