Author Events - 2019

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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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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Portrait of Emily-Chappell
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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Mainstreet author event David Nicholls
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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independent bookshop week celebrations with Julia Donaldson
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

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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

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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



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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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Anna Pasternak portrait by Pippa Hart
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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