Shop Front and Van

Shop Front and Van
Shop Front and Van
Welcome to Mainstreet Trading Books, who can be found at Mainstreet, St Boswells

Based in the beautiful Scottish Borders village of St Boswells, we like to think of The Mainstreet Trading Company as a destination in itself. Back in 2008 we renovated a former auction house, to create a light and airy space filled with books and the smell of coffee. In late 2012, work was completed in the barn behind the main shop to create Mainstreet Deli & Home, launched by Tom Kitchin. This year were are celebrating our 10th birthday at Mainstreet, to read all about our plans…

Xmas Window 2018
Xmas Window 2018

We asked all the bookshops to answer three Christmas questions:

1. What is your favourite Christmas book?
The ‘hero’ of our Christmas window this year is How Winston Delivered Christmas (see first two photos taken from our 5-window panoramic)

2. What books should we look out for this December? Adult fiction, children’s fiction and non-fiction

Normal People by Sally Rooney (Faber)
Brilliant new literary talent, coming of age with bite, hugely readable, acute and touching.

Take Nothing with You by Patrick Gale (Headline)
Beautiful coming of age novel, told with the drama & lyricism of the cello itself.


Xmas Window 2018
Xmas Window 2018

The Spy and the Traitor by Ben MacIntyre (Random Hse)
Utterly gripping, true story of KGB agent who spied for the UK through the Cold War.

Educated by Tara Westover (Random Hse)
A heartbreaking, fierce, intelligent, hugely readable memoir that will live with you for years to come.

My Name is Doddie by Doddie Weir (B&W – Gardners)
A powerful memoir from the rugby legend and local hero.


Time by Gill Meller (Quadrille)
Beautifully produced celebration of time spent the kitchen, with gorgeous recipes and lush photography.


I Am the Seed edited by Fiona Waters (National Trust/Bounce)
Beautiful child friendly poetry book beloved of teachers and parents alike.



Dragon Post by Emma Yarlett (Walker)
Delightful tale of a little boy and his dragon ‘under the stairs’ – full of wise and funny advice sent by post. If you love your dragon, let it go…
A modern classic in the making inspired by the characters from The Jungle Book.

How Winston Delivered Christmas by Alex T Smith (Macmillan)
An intrepid mouse heads off on an advent adventure – set to become a family Christmas favourite.

Fiction (8-12yrs):

Xmas Window 2015
Xmas Window 2015

The Skylark’s War by Hilary McKay (Macmillan)
Coming of age on the home front – for fans of Dodie Smith and E Nesbit – just gorgeous.


Where the World Ends by Geraldine McCaughrean (Usbourne)
Based on a true story set in 1727, off the island of St Kilda – extraordinarily vivid, dynamic storytelling – rec. adults to read before you give!

General Non-Fiction:

Wilding by Isabella Tree (Macmillan)
Fascinating and timely story of a farm that went back to the wild, and made a roaring success of it.

3. Have you any events going on in December?
We hosted our last author event of the year on Thurs 30th Nov with the legendary Sir Chris Hoy. In Dec our focus is on the shop floor, but we are hosting a pop-up flower stall mid-month to help everyone find the perfect wreath.

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