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Grand Central Birmingham

Grand Central Birmingham

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

Email: birmingham@foyles.co.uk

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.

Magda

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Magda

 

 

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.

Jay.

 

 

 

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: Sgt Pepper

 

 

 Events

 

Kid Normal Event

The fantastic Greg James and Chris Smith signing copies of Kid Normal at our Birmingham branch.

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
29th July 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.

Story Writing with Lorraine Hellier Story Writing with Lorraine Hellier
29th July 2017 3pm - 4pm | Grand Central Birmingham Children's Event, Free Event

Children’s author, Lorraine Hellier will be introducing her latest novel, Elf King at this hands-on creative writing workshop.

Foyles Birmingham Story Hour Foyles Birmingham Story Hour
5th August 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.

Bob Man on the Moon Bob Man on the Moon
10th August 2017 2pm - 3pm | Grand Central Birmingham Children's Event, Free Event

Simon Bartram, author and illustrator of the Bob Man on the Moon series, will be giving a talk on the creative process of writing and illustrating a novel including as well as discussing the existence of aliens!

YA Reading Group: This Book is Gay YA Reading Group: This Book is Gay
11th August 2017 7pm - 8pm | Grand Central Birmingham Children's Event, Free Event

For the last weekend of Storybox, we’re celebrating teen fiction with a YA Weekender. As part of this, we’re hosting our first ever Young Adult Reading Group in our Birmingham shop where we will be discussing Juno Dawson's This Book is Gay.

Latest Blogs

23rd July 2017 - 12 Midnight Amelie Fillatre

Earlier this year, Belgian beer culture finally officially took its rightful place on the World's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, where it now sits in good company with the likes of the French gastronomic meal, Cuban rumba and Spanish flamenco. To celebrate, here is a far from exhaustive selection of some of the beer literature that can help you better appreciate the delicate arts of brewing and drinking beer.

21st July 2017 - 12 Midnight Magdalena Gundmundsdottir

This month history buffs and film fans are united as they eagerly await Christopher Nolan's portrayal of Dunkirk. Madga from our Birmingham branch reviews the accompanying book.

16th July 2017 - 12 Midnight Jay Moran

Jay from our Birmingham branch shares with you five collections that have changed his perspective and made him a huge lover and advocate of poetry.

13th July 2017 - 12 Midnight Magda Gudmundsdottir

Magda, from our Birmingham shop, tells us why this story of family, growing up and loss is one not to miss.

4th July 2017 - 12 Midnight Sarah Duggan

This year, on 18th July, it is the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's death. We take a look at why, 200 years on, we are still all talking about Jane.

Latest Blog
Romancing the Silver Screen
27/07/2017

Jenn Bennett explores the role of the movies in her own life and in her new YA novel, Alex Approximately.

From Page to Stage - Adapting The Hunting of the Snark
24/07/2017

Garry McQuinn, Producer of The Hunting of the Snark, which opens this week at London's Vaudeville Theatre, describes the journey from page to stage.

#FoylesFive: Celebrating Beer
23/07/2017

Earlier this year, Belgian beer culture finally officially took its rightful place on the World's Intangible Cultural Heritage list, where it now sits in good company with the likes of the French gastronomic meal, Cuban rumba and Spanish flamenco. To celebrate, here is a far from exhaustive selection of some of the beer literature that can help you better appreciate the delicate arts of brewing and drinking beer.

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