Mainstreet unveils 10 'most satisfying hand-sells'

Mainstreet unveils 10 'most satisfying hand-sells'

The Mainstreet Trading Company is celebrating its 10th birthday by selecting 10 books to represent its history.

Owner Rosamund de la Hey revealed that the list is dominated by fiction but “also includes some very powerful non-fiction titles”, as well as children’s books, with Maggie O’Farrell, Patrick Ness and Sebastian Barry featured as some of the chosen authors.

Earlier this year the bookshop, based in St Boswell's in the Scottish Borders, announced its year-long anniversary plans with Sir Michael Morpurgo and O'Farrell appointed as 'Mainstreet Makars'.

Pan Macmillan secured two hits on the 10-strong list, with A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara and Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel. The Glass Room by Simon Mawer (Little, Brown) has also been selected, along with O’Farrell’s The Hand That First Held Mine (Headline). For children’s titles, A Monster Calls (Walker) by Ness and the late Siobhan Dowd, with illustrations by Jim Kay is also highlighted along with Geraldine McCaughren’s Where the World Ends (Usborne). A smattering of indie publishers feature: Canongate’s historical novel The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng and Barry’s Days Without End, published by Faber. In non-fiction there is Behind the Beautiful Forevers (Portobello Books) by Katherine Boo and the recently published memoir, Educated (Cornerstone), by Tara Westover.

Mainstreet will be hosting a birthday party and IBW celebration all day on 23rd June with lots of food stalls, balloons and cake, including a special charity cake stall raising funds for Save the Children in Syria inspired by The Day War Came (Walker) by Nicola Davies, illustrated by Rebecca Cobb.

"t was very hard to choose ten books to represent ten years of Mainstreet,” de la Hey said, two months after her stint as Booksellers Association president ended.  “We tried to think of which book had been the most satisfying hand-sell of each year – it’s an eclectic list, indeed many of the books need to be carefully put into the right hands.  The list is dominated by fiction, but also includes some very powerful non-fiction titles and, of course, children’s.”

The Mainstreet Trading Company was created by Rosamund and Bill de la Hey in June 2008.  It has won several prestigious awards including Independent Bookshop of the Year at the British Book Awards, Deli of the Year at the Farm Shop & Deli Awards, and Best Bookshop according to the Telegraph's list of Best Small Shops.