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Grand Central Birmingham

Unit 2A Grand Central, Birmingham, B2 4BF
Tel: +44 (02)0 3206 2690


Opening hours
Monday - Saturday9.00am - 8.00pm
Sunday11.00am - 5.00pm
Bank Holiday Monday 29th May10.00am - 7.00pm

About This Bookstore


Welcome to Foyles Birmingham, our second bookshop outside of London, where we perfectly combine our bookselling heritage with innovation.


Our new shop, located in Birmingham's Grand Central, is over 4000 square feet, and is packed with a wide range of titles to explore. Why not pop along and see our lovely Children's section full of wonderful and imaginative books for all the family to enjoy. 


Can't find the title you would like? Our brand new digital platform gives us half a million titles we can order for you and post to your home address. And the postage is on us.


Our friendly and knowledgeable staff are on hand whenever you need them. Whether you're just dropping in for a book for your train journey or wanting a good old browse, we’re here to help you find that perfect book and share our love for all things bookish. 

Take a look at our new dedicated Facebook page!




In Our Bookstore Now

Staff picks from Foyles Birmingham Grand Central


 We've been picking some of our favourite books here at Foyles Birmingham. Find faves from booksellers Jay and Magda below.



ScandinaviansScandinavians: In Search of the Soul of the North By Robert Ferguson

In 1969 Robert Ferguson made his first trip to Scandinavia when he travels with friends to Copenhagen. This trip sparked a life long interested in Scandinavia and in 1983 Ferguson moved to Norway.

Scandinavians is a collection of Ferguson insights and observations from his time in north surrounded by history. Ferguson paints a witty and enticing picture of the Nordic countries and their people as he highlights the forces that helped define their culture.

Books on Scandinavia are not uncommon at the moment but the depth of Ferguson's knowledge and wonderful writing style separates him from the rest.








Swimming with Seals

Swimming with Seals

By Victoria Whitworth

Whitworth started her lifelong love affair with the Orkney Islands when she first visited in her twenties and eventually decided to move to the islands. Years later she struggles with the breakdown of her marriage and increasing health problems, which sparks another love affair of swimming in the sea.

It is difficult accomplishment to make a reader, who is sat curled up on a warm sofa, envious of someone swimming in the north sea in January. But that is exactly what this book manages to achieve. Whitworth conveys her experience in such vivid and loving language that I wanted nothing more than to be standing on a beach preparing to wade into the ocean.

Swimming with seal seamlessly intertwines life writing with folk stories, fairy tales, history, landscape and nature. The end result is a fascinating piece of writing which immerses the reader and creates a faithful and loving picture of the Orkney Islands.




Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love?

By Kathleen Collins

Reading the stories from Whatever Happened to Interracial Love is like pouring over old photographs. Each a tribute to the people depicted, linked solely by of love, race, and humanness. Each story unfolds in its own, unique, beautiful way, and it's very rare to find a collection of stories where they are all not only strong but also profoundly moving.

Whatever Happened to Interracial Love is published here for the first time twenty years after the author's death. It is so frustrating to think that these wonderful stories were unseen for so many years but they continue to be relevant today. Collins' writing for me, hits the heights of Virginia Woolf and Zadie Smith.

I was so moved by these stories and I just want everyone to live and breathe these stories like I did, and give Kathleen Collins the praise and love she so rightly deserves.





All the books featured above are available to reserve instore, simply click on the links and choose to Click and Collect from the Birmingham shop.



Foyles Five: Music to our Ears




Viv Schwarz's big book

Whether you’re an established blogger, a blogging newbie, or just love to talk about books, we want you to get involved. Join our local blogger community by coming along to one of our monthly meetings and get together with like-minded people. We’ll be serving croissants, pains au chocolat, hot drinks and juices, as well as providing a meeting space to bring your online conversations offline. These sessions will take place on the last Sunday of every month and whether you come to one, two or all of them, you are all welcome. By coming along, you’ll not only get to meet some great people and enjoy a bookshop out-of-hours, but you will also receive exclusive discounts to use that day. Every six months, we will arrange for a special guest to visit, so do sign up as a member of our blogger community by emailing to be kept in the loop.


Patrick Ness Release Event

The wonderful Patrick Ness delighted us with an incisive and fabulous evening, launching his latest novel Release

For upcoming events in-store, check out the list below. For events in partnership with The Glee Club and THSH please see the main Upcoming Events page and choose Out of Store Events.













Upcoming Events

Foyles Birmingham Story Hour Foyles Birmingham Story Hour
27th May 2017 11am - 12 Noon | Grand Central Birmingham Children's Event, Free Event

Bring your little ones to our weekly Story Hour at Foyles Birmingham. We will be reading from children’s classics as well as brand new hot off the press titles, to suit every child’s taste.

Birmingham Blogger Brekkie with Gillian McAllister Birmingham Blogger Brekkie with Gillian McAllister
28th May 2017 10am - 11am | Grand Central Birmingham Literary Event, Free Event

Join our local blogger community by coming along to one of our monthly meetings and get together with like-minded people.

Latest Blogs

9th May 2017 - 12 Midnight Magdalena Gudmundsdottir

Magda from our Birmingham branch gives 10 points to... Eurovision!

4th May 2017 - 12 Midnight Magdalena Gudmundsdottir

Our Birmingham branch has been selling sheet music faster than you can play Rachmaninoff's No.5, and has been steadily increasing the section by hunting out new and exciting pieces from every genre. To celebrate this success, here are my five current favourite sheet music books.

11th April 2017 - 12 Midnight Magdalena Gudmundsdottir

This month marks the 10 year anniversary of writer Kurt Vonnegut's death. With his keen eye for social and political satire, wit and humanity, Vonnegut became a voice that resonated with readers across generations.

22nd February 2017 - 12 Midnight Magdalena Gudmundsdottir

Magdalena from our Birmingham branch has a selection of books for all you budding film makers out there.

14th February 2017 - 12 Midnight Andi Yates

Why not curl up with a book boyfriend this Valentine's Day? The good thing about book boyfriends is you can have more than one and they never talk back!

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