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Thu 16th Apr 2020

Patrick Laurie

Author Event – CANCELLED

Wilding by Isabella Tree and A Shepherd’s Life by James Rebanks, have been two of our most popular books at Mainstreet, so we are delighted to welcome journalist and blogger, Patrick Laurie who shares much in common with both in his approach to landscape, agriculture, science and folklore.

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Thu 9th Apr 2020

Maggie O’Farrell

Author Event – CANCELLED

It is always a great pleasure to welcome one of our very favourite authors to the shop. This April, Maggie O’Farrell joins us to discuss her first historical and arguably, most accomplished, novel, Hamnet. The story reveals for the first time in fiction, the heartbreaking loss that inspired Shakespeare’s most celebrated play.

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Thu 2nd Apr 2020

Sebastian Barry

Author Event – CANCELLED due to Coronavirus

A masterful performer on paper and in person, we’re delighted to announce that Costa award winner, Sebastian Barry will be with us at Mainstreet on 2nd April in conversation with Nick Barley of the Edinburgh Book Festival.

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Thu 19th Mar 2020

Coronavirus: Mainstreet Plan

Dear Customers,

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Tue 17th Mar 2020

Joanna Trollope

Author Event – CANCELLED due to Coronavirus

We have a treat in store on Tues 17th March as we welcome bestselling author, Joanna Trollope to Mainstreet to talk about her new book, Mum & Dad.

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Tue 3rd Mar 2020

The Batch Lady

Cookery Demo

We are delighted to announce that up and coming star of the cookery world and one of our own, Borders local, Suzanne Mulholland, will be with us to launch her first book, The Batch Lady, with a cookery demo at Mainstreet on Tues 3rd March.

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Sinclair McKay, Author of Dresden: The Fire and the Darkness.
Wed 5th Feb 2020

Sinclair McKay

Author Event

 

In February 1945 the Allies obliterated Dresden, the ‘Florence of the Elbe’. Explosive bombs weighing over 1,000lbs fell every seven and a half seconds and an estimated 25,000 people were killed. 75yrs later, historian and bestselling author, Sinclair McKay will with us on Wed 5th Feb to talk about his new book, Dresden: The Fire and the Darkness.

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Tue 14th Jan 2020

Katy Beskow

Cookery Demo and Q&As
EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS
 

PLEASE NOTE, WE DON’T KNOW AT THIS STAGE IF THE EVENT WILL BE RESCHEDULED, PLEASE JOIN THE MAILNG LIST IF YOU WISH TO BE NOTIFIED

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Wed 18th Dec 2019

Doddie Weir

Meet the Author

 

We are delighted to announce a surprise ‘end of year’ author event.

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Wed 11th Dec 2019

Books of the Year 2019

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

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Tweed Mist by Gordon Hunter
Thu 5th Dec 2019

Edinburgh Revisited

Illustrated Talk

 

Please join us at Mainstreet on Thurs 5th Dec, to celebrate publication of Edinburgh Revisited with an illustrated talk by photographer, Gordon Hunter.

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Wed 27th Nov 2019

Gavin Pretor-Pinney

Illustrated Talk

 

Have you ever found yourself gazing up at an extraordinary sky, wanting to know a bit more about why it looks like that? Help is at hand. We are delighted to announce that Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society and author of A Cloud A Day, will be with us at Mainstreet on Wed 27th November to talk us through a beginners guide to cloudspotting.

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Tue 19th Nov 2019

Emily Chappell

Author Event

 

A London courier with a taste for adventure, Emily Chappell entered an extraordinary new race – The Transcontinental – in which riders must find their own way, entirely unassisted, across Europe in the shortest time possible. On her second attempt, she won the women’s event, covering nearly 4,000 miles in 13 days and ten hours, sleeping in short bursts wherever exhaustion took her. We experience the crippling self-doubt of the ultra distance racer, the confusing intensity of winning and the desperation of losing a dear friend who understood all of this.

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Thu 14th Nov 2019

Flora Shedden

Cookery Demo and Q&As

 

As the nights draw in, please join us for a delicious evening of baking with Flora Shedden (of Bake Off fame) on Thurs 14th Nov.

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Thu 24th Oct 2019

Lindsay McCrae

Author Event

 

Last November, eight million people in Britain were enthralled by the BBC TV documentary, Dynasties, about emperor penguins, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. The media loved it too – Simon Mayo on BBC Radio 2 called it “as close to art as television can get”. 

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Thu 26th Sep 2019

Chris Ryan

Author Event

 

SAS hero, Danny Black is back in action in a brilliant and powerful new thriller that grips from the very first page. A series of gruesome killings in Dubai, Ghana and Florida have left three former SAS soldiers dead. Once soldiers leave the Regiment they frequently work freelance, often in threatening environments, so at first it is not thought that the killings are linked. But as one of the dead, Ollie Moorhouse, was a good friend of Danny’s, he begins to wonder if there is a connection.

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Tue 24th Sep 2019

Jessie Burton

Author Event

 

We were very proud to host Jessie Burton at the beginning of her incredible publishing journey with The Miniaturist back in 2014, so it is with great pleasure that we welcome her back to Mainstreet on Tues 24th Septto tell us all about her brilliant new novel, The Confession.

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Mon 26th Aug 2019

George Alagiah

Author Event

Please note, the venue for this event is now St Boswells Village Hall

 

Aspiring novelists are often told to write about what they know. Well, BBC broadcaster, George Alagiah has done just that with his brilliant debut novel, and we’re delighted he will be joining us at Mainstreet on Mon 26th Aug to tell us all about it.

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Wed 21st Aug 2019

David Nicholls

Author Event

 

One Day by David Nicholls was published soon after we opened Mainstreet, it was one of our bestseller in 2009 and became the iconic love story for a generation. Ten years on, we are delighted to be hosting David to talk about his new book, Sweet Sorrow, on Wed 21st August.

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Tue 20th Aug 2019

Clare Balding

Author Event

 

This summer we are delighted to welcome back the wonderful, effervescent Clare Balding. She will be with us on Tues 20th Aug to tell us all about her new children’s novel, The Racehorse Who Learned to Dance. 

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Thu 1st Aug 2019

Karen Campbell

Author Event

 

At Mainstreet, we have long been fans of Karen Campbell’s work, so we are delighted she will be joining us on Thurs 1st August to talk about her new novel, The Sound of the Hours. 

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Fri 21st Jun 2019

Julia Donaldson

Book Signing

 

This year, as part of our Independent Bookshop Week celebrations (15-22nd June), we will be welcoming a very special guest, Julia Donaldson.

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Thu 6th Jun 2019

Max Porter

Author Event

 

FRESH VOICES – June

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Katharine Tiernan talking about her novel, Cuthbert of Farne
Tue 28th May 2019

Cuthbert of Farne

Author Event

 

Mainstreet is of course, situated in the path of St Cuthbert’s Way, so we are delighted to be hosting an event to mark publication of Cuthbert of Farne, written by Northumberland author Katharine Tiernan on Tues 28th May.

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Fri 24th May 2019

Jose Pizarro

Pop-up Dining Event

 

Please join us on Fri 24th May to experience an Andalusian feast created by award-winning chef, Jose Pizarro.

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Tue 14th May 2019

Johnny Scott

Author Event

 

We are delighted to announce that our next author event will be with Johnny Scott, a well-kent face in the Borders. He will be joining us at Mainstreet on Tues 14th May talking about his new book, The Countryman.

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Thu 9th May 2019

Jess Kidd

Author Event

 

FRESH VOICES – May

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Fri 26th Apr 2019

John Connolly

Author Event

 

Master storyteller John Connolly will be back with us at Mainstreet to celebrate 20 years of Charlie Parker novels on Fri 26thApril.

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Thu 11th Apr 2019

Damian Barr

Author Event

 

FRESH VOICES – April

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Thu 28th Mar 2019

The Modern Cheesemaker

Author Event

 

As you probably know, we love books and cheese at Mainstreet, so we are really delighted to announce that our next author event is with fellow cheese enthusiast and Sunday Brunch expert, Morgan McGlynn. She will be talking about her beautiful new book, The Modern Cheesemaker.

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Tue 12th Mar 2019

Anna Pasternak

Author Event

Who was the real Wallis Simpson? Join us at Mainstreet on Tues 12th March to find out, when Anna Pasternak will be talking about her startling, intimate new biography of the most vilified woman in British royal history.

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Thu 31st Jan 2019

Charlotte Runcie

Author Event

Please join us on Thurs 31st January to meet Charlotte Runcie who brings a brilliant new voice to nature writing. No one else has approached our relationship with the sea in quite this way;  her beautiful book, Salt On Your Tongue, brings a new perspective to a much loved subject. We can even claim her as a local author – Charlotte now lives in Galashiels.

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Fri 18th Jan 2019

Ruby Wax

Author Event – SOLD OUT – please note this event is being held at the Tait Hall in Kelso (tickets for St Boswells Village Hall are valid for Tait Hall)

 

What better way to kick start the New Year than listening to the amazing Ruby Wax at Mainstreet on Fri 18th January 2019, as she tells us How to be Human.

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Thu 6th Dec 2018

Books of the Year 2018

See below for our choice of Books of the Year 2018.

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Thu 29th Nov 2018

Sir Chris Hoy

Author Event

 

We are delighted to announce that cycling legend and multi-gold medal-winning Olympic champion, Sir Chris Hoy, will be joining us on Thurs 29th November to talk about his new book, How to Ride a Bike.

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Wed 28th Nov 2018

Ian Robertson

Author Event

 

Former Scotland fly-half and legendary BBC radio commentator, Ian Robertson, will be with us at Mainstreet on Wed 28th November talking about his autobiography, Rugby: Talking a Good Game.

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Wed 21st Nov 2018

Kate Humble

Author Event

 

Do join us on Wed 21st Nov for an Autumnal treat – Kate Humble, talking about her new book, Thinking on My Feet.

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Tue 13th Nov 2018

Britain’s Best Small Shop

What an amazing birthday present! At an awards ceremony in the Houses of Parliament last Tues, 13th Nov, Mainstreet was named as Britain’s Best Small Shop 2018 from a shortlist of 25 businesses (and 600 entries). The Best Small Shops competition, managed by the Independent Retailers Confederation (IRC), celebrates the commitment and creativity of independent retailers on the UK’s High Streets and the central role they play in their local communities.

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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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Portrait of singer Poppy Holden on top of the Eildon Hills, Scottish Borders
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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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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Author Clare Balding and her dog
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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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 casual 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

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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Tue 20th Oct 2015

Michael Morpurgo

Author Event

The master storyteller is back at Mainstreet!

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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 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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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 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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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!

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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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