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Grand Central Birmingham

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

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. Or watch and listen to an author talk about their latest book on one of our video Author Pods.


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. 





In Our Bookstore Now

Happy First Birthday, Foyles Birmingham Grand Central!


To help celebrate our first birthday, we've been picking some of our favourite books from the past year. Find faves from booksellers Jay, Sarah, and Magda below.


The Tidal Zone by Sarah MossThe Tidal Zone by Sarah Moss

An achingly beautiful book that looks at the dismantling of a family as they shift from reality to hospital time and back again, their lives permanently changed. The characters are all so tangible and vivid, not a single one of them feeling like a stranger when the time comes to close the book. I haven't heard of one person who could put this book down; it was glued to my hands for two days straight, and that was with restraint as I didn't want to fly through it and miss anything. This is my favourite book of the past year because it is quietly powerful. The plot sounds heavy but it reads so easily, and there's so much more covered in here other than the expected anguish. I truly love this book.








EivissaEivissa! By Anne Sijmonsbergen

No birthday celebration would be complete without a feast and Anne Sijmonsbergen doesn't let us down with her stylish summer cookbook, Eivissa!

Anne is not only a cook but an artisan producer of the finest ingredients on the island of Ibiza and has been on an odyssey to discover the heritage and culture of its unique cuisine. Thought has been put into every aspect of this lovingly-crafted cookbook, from its contemporary, vibrant design to its authentic, earthy photography. Anne presents a beautiful array of seasonal recipes from island life to inspire your home cooking.

Fresh, colourful, evocative and playful, Eivissa makes it possible to bring a taste of the Balearics to your kitchen all-year-round. Dive right in for a joyous cookbook that guarantees sunshine.




The Lubetkin Legacy byMarina LewyckaThe Lubetkin Legacy by Marina Lewycka

The Lubetkin Legacy is the latest book from Marina Lewycka, Author of A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian.

It's almost impossible not to laugh at this witty and loving portrait of a North East London Council Estate. Lewycka introduces us to a collection of wonderful characters such as Berthold an out-of-work actor, obsessed with comparing himself to George Clooney. When faced with losing his council flat, Berthold is forced to take drastic, and at times ludicrous measures to save his home. Then there is Violet, who has recently split up from her boyfriend and is trying to settle into her first proper job and, of course, Inna, an elderly Ukrainian Lady who confuses birds with politicians and is always cooking her signature dish, golabki kobaski slatki. These residents of the Madeley Court estate are joined by many more hilarious characters that all manage to be brilliant, bizarre and completely believable.

Lewycka explores the joys and the challenges faced by working class Londoners in a changing capital in this original and very relevant book. Also, look out for the awesome description of Zero hour contracts, it's the best one I have ever heard.




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.



Penguin English Library

Come and explore our Penguin English Library, filled with classics from Arthru Conan Doyle's Hounds of the Baskervilles, to Charlotte Bronte's Villette to George Eliot's Silas Marner.












Funny, haha!

Find the perfect gift to raise a chuckle, tickle that funny bone, or just to entertain you and your family at Christmas. 













Author Pods

Artist David Hockney talks about his new book, A History of Pictures.













Author Event

Viv Schwarz's big book

Here at Foyles Birmingham we were lucky enough to have the brilliantly talented Viv Schwarz for one of our Storybox Children's Festival events. Viv read us one of her fantastic books, How to Find Gold, then everyone got together to create a super long drawing featuring lots of creatures, flowers and food! Once all the doodling was done, Viv stayed behind and turned the very big drawing into a very big book!!



You can read more about the event and see more pictures on Viv's own blog here.









Upcoming Events

Birmingham Blogger Brekkie Birmingham Blogger Brekkie
29th January 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.

Guess How Much I Love You Story Time Birmingham Guess How Much I Love You Story Time Birmingham
12th February 2017 2pm - 3pm | Grand Central Birmingham Literary Event, Children's Event, Free Event

Invite your little ones to celebrate Valentine’s Day with a Guess How Much I Love You Story Time this year.

Face Painting Face Painting
18th February 2017 11am - 3pm | Grand Central Birmingham Children's Event, Free Event

Bring your little ones along to be transformed into their favourite book characters this half-term by our resident face painter.

Foyles Birmingham Half-Term Story Corner Foyles Birmingham Half-Term Story Corner
18th February 2017 2pm - 26th February 2017 4pm | Grand Central Birmingham Children's Event, Free Event

Bring your little ones along to Foyles Birmingham this half-term for colouring, drawing, quiet reading time and complimentary squash and biscuits!

Interactive Mystery Event with Chasing Danger Author Sara Grant Interactive Mystery Event with Chasing Danger Author Sara Grant
25th February 2017 2pm - 3pm | Grand Central Birmingham Literary Event, Children's Event, Free Event

Take part in your very own dramatised mystery and work with fellow mini detectives to solve a crime with author Sara Grant.

Latest Blogs

11th January 2017 - 12 Midnight Jay Moran

If translated fiction is your thing, Jay from our Birmingham branch has a few titles to feed your reading habit.

1st January 2017 - 12 Midnight Magdalena Gudmundsdottir

Magdalena from our Birmingham branch waxes lyrical about the wonderful novel, A Monster Calls.

30th December 2016 - 12 Midnight Magdalena Gudmundsdottir

Film expert Magda, from our Birmingham branch shouts about the novel Silence by Shusaku Endo and soon to be released movie by Martin Scorsese.

9th December 2016 - 12 Midnight Jay Moran

Jay from our Birmingham branch gets us in the Christmas mood, or gets us moody for Christmas with his Forlorn Festive Fiction picks.

28th November 2016 - 12 Midnight Jay Moran

Jay from our Birmingham branch fills us with Christmas cheer, and is on hand to help fill your Christmas stockings with gorgeous books.

Latest Blog
Explore T S Eliot Prize-winner Jacob Polley's collection, Jackself

Watch a video and read a poem from Jacob Polley's T S Eliot Prize-winning collection, Jackself.

Radiohead, Tom Waits and Joy Division: Under The Influence with Joseph Knox

Exclusively for Foyles Joseph Knox talks about the music that influenced his debut, Sirens.

#FoylesFave: Furiously Happy

Charlotte, from our Bristol shop, tells us why she recommends Furiously Happy!

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