BOOKSHOP OF THE MONTH | THE MAINSTREET TRADING COMPANY

Our December Bookshop of the Month 2017 is The Mainstreet Trading Company who have been celebrating ten years since they transformed a former auction house into a destination venue in the picturesque Scottish Border village of St Boswell’s (brown tourist sign included!).

Bookshop interior overhead 2016

We highly recommend that you visit and spend a few blissful hours here – there is something to tempt everyone. Mainstreet boasts a gorgeous home store and a wonderfully inviting deli, but at its heart is the beautiful bookshop and café. After admiring their magnificent window displays (check out their archive here), you will walk in and be greeted by the unmistakeable aroma of books and coffee, there’s nothing quite like it. You will see crisp white shelves, carefully curated tables and stunning displays that will entice you into browsing, and there is always a bookseller on hand should you need recommendations or help finding a title. Be sure to check out their specialist Children’s and Cookery areas.

Mainstreet is a bookshop that would be hard to leave empty handed, and why would you when you can choose your book (or several!), settle in to the café with a cuppa, crack the spine and begin. Go on, you know you want to…

We caught up with owner Rosamund de la Hay to ask her a few questions:

1. Congratulations on being chosen as our December Bookshop of the Month! We’ve talked a bit about you and the shop but how would you describe The Mainstreet Trading Company in three words?
Welcoming, enthusiastic, knowledgeable.

2. Where is your favourite spot in the store? 
The Book Burrows (or the new books till with our beautiful new wooden counter!)

3. Where do you like to read?
In the sun room at home or on a beach on the west coast of Scotland (ideally not in the rain)

4. If you weren’t a bookseller what would you be?
I’d almost certainly revert to being a publisher as in my past life.

5. Excluding The Mainstreet Trading Company – what is your favourite bookshop?
Tricky one, there are so many lovely ones!  Either The Golden Hare in Edinburgh or Mr B’s Emporium of Reading Delights in Bath.


The Mainstreet Trading Company can be found at:
Mainstreet
St Boswells
Scottish Borders
TD6 0AT

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Discover Shakespeare.

Shakespeare Week

This Saturday marks 400 Years since Shakespeare died. His influence can be felt in language, literature, popular culture and even in the narrative of English history.

At A&CB we have the privilege of working with some incredible books influenced by the Bard. Take a peek at a few of our favourites:

The Steep and Thorny Way

Cat Winters’ The Steep & Thorny Way, a thrilling reimagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, tells the story of a murder most foul and the mighty power of love and acceptance in a state gone terribly rotten.

“It was a beautiful book. With a beautiful story. I couldn’t have loved it more than I did. The Steep and Thorny Way is one of a kind.” Carina Olsen, Book Blogger

Presenting Shakespeare

A skull held aloft, a lovesick donkey, a bloodied dagger: these familiar icons are instantly recognisable shorthand for the plays of William Shakespeare. In the four hundred years since his death, the Bard of Avon’s exalted place in the pantheon of theatre and poetry— indeed, all of Western culture— is unequaled.

This incredible new book from Princeton Architectural Press; Presenting Shakespeare, collects 1,100 posters for Shakespeare’s plays, designed by an international roster of artists representing 55 countries, from Japan to Colombia, India, Russia, Australia and beyond.

A Treasure Trove of Art, Design and the Bard. 

You Kiss by th' Book

In his engaging new collection, National Book Award finalist Gary Soto creates poems that each begin with a line from Shakespeare and then continue in Soto’s fresh and accessible verse. Drawing on moments from the sonnets, Hamlet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream , Romeo and Juliet , and others, Soto illuminates aspects of the source material while taking his poems in directions of their own, strategically employing the colour of thee” and “thine,” kings, thieves, and lovers.

Love Sonnets

Why shouldn’t you put your very own stamp on the classics?

With Knock Knock’s Love Sonnets by William Shakespeare and You, you get a chance to co-author legendary works of art right alongside lauded literary luminaries. Simply fill in the blanks with whatever sentiments you decide complete the work most fittingly, and voil! You’ve created a new literary masterpiece.

and of course, the Shakespeare Insult Generator! What could be better than insulting your friends and enemies in the Bard’s witty tongue? Nothing! You apish, beast-eating, abomination. 

Shakespeare Insult Generator

What is your favourite Shakespeare inspired book? Let us know on Twitter #Shakespiration.

Stepping out of London and into Bookstore Of The Week…

Stepping out of London for this week’s #BookstoreOfTheWeek and venturing all the way to literary Bath into the wonderful Topping and Company Booksellers!

They have a seemingly unending range, a selection of carefully wrapped signed copies and an atmosphere that is entirely unique to Topping & Company Booksellers.

The shelves are packed with books, none of which you’ll be able to put down. We’re a fan of any bookshop that understands our simple equation; cup of tea + good book = happiness, and with complimentary tea and books galore you’ll spend an ecstatic afternoon in Topping & Company. And when you finally emerge from a chapter and into the world, this treasure trove will undoubtedly have a gap or two in it’s many stacks and you’ll take a little bit of Topping and Company happiness home with you.

They have events galore with Will Self, Michael Rosen and Margaret Atwood making appearances in the book-lined walls over the next month! The staff are nothing shy of amazing, each one is well-read and delightful.Topping & Company also regularly feature their own themed selections offering something a little different. Currently, they’re celebrating The Topping Alternative Booker – 12 of their favourite novels that WEREN’T on The Man Booker list. It’s original, it’s enticing, it’s Topping & Company!

Don’t worry if you’re not near Bath, Toppings & Company Booksellers can also be found in Ely and are coming soon to St Andrews!

Find out more and hear from Topping & Company Booksellers here:

http://www.toppingbooks.co.uk/

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