Thursday, 13 September 2012

** Event ** Book Signing - Brian Young

It's almost time for Big Roman Week here in Bo'ness again! This year, it runs from Saturday 15th to Sunday 23rd September, and there's lots going on both in town and further afield to celebrate the area's Roman heritage.

As usual there's lots to see and do, but this year, we'll be holding one of the events here ourselves. On the last Saturday of the week (September 22nd) we'll be holding a book signing event here in the shop - author Brian Young will be here from 12.30pm signing copies of his book 'The Eagle Has Fallen' about the lost Ninth Legion. If you want to be prepared, the book is available to pick up in store now (priced £8.99), or you can get a copy on the day! (If you'd like to reserve a copy, just get in touch and we'll put one aside for you. If you are not able to make it to the signing please just let us know and we can have a copy signed on your behalf which you can collect later.)

About the Book:

One of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the Roman Empire is the apparent disappearance of the Ninth Legion in Britain, and for many years historians have had differing opinions as to the legion's fate. Written as a recollection of the events surrounding what happened in Britain and the rest of the Roman Empire when Hadrian came to power in 117AD, 'The Eagle Has Fallen' is an incredible unravelling of that mystery, based upon factual characters and events: it is the fascinating story of the Ninth Legion and a young Roman officer who served in it.

For more information on Big Roman Week and its events, visit the website at

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

** Event ** Book Signing - Tam Dalyell

Apologies! It's been a while since this blog was updated, but we're still here, still doing well, and busy, busy, busy in these last few weeks before Christmas! ...And we have exciting news to restart the blog with!

We've just had it confirmed that this Saturday (17th December) we will be hosting a book signing with Tam Dalyell here in the shop! From 11.30am - 12.30pm, Tam will be here signing copies of his autobiography 'The Importance of Being Awkward'. It's proved a popular seller these last few months and as well as being an excellent read in itself, a signed copy would make an very welcome Christmas present! Please join us on Saturday for the signing, and be sure to tell your friends! (If you'd like to reserve your copy to be signed on the day, just get in touch and we'll put one aside for you. If you are not able to make it to the signing please just let us know and we can have a copy signed on your behalf which you can collect later.)

Monday, 4 July 2011

Independents' Day

Happy Independence Day to our American friends and followers... and Happy Independents’ Day to everyone in the UK! Yes, this year 4th July is Independents’ Day, a day when everyone is encouraged to buy at least one item from a local independent retailer and celebrate diversity on the high street. Supported by trade bodies such as the Booksellers Association, as well as local, national and trade press, we hope it will be a great success!

The day is also set to highlight the skills great independent retailers have and to show the public that their local shopkeeper is not only a vital service, but someone who wears many hats; the accountant, sales assistant, buyer, and everything in-between... but that's something you may already know if you've ever innocently wandered in to the shop looking for a book and found me sweeping the floor, printing out posters, rearranging bookshelves, writing enewsletters, ordering stock, fixing broken fittings or hunched over a computer attempting to do my taxes!

Being independent is important to us here we're already members of the Bookseller's Association's IndieBound scheme, and we stock books by many independent publishers too. We hope that Independents' Day will help raise awareness of the importance of independent retailers from all sectors on the high street.

Did you know that by shopping at independent retailers (not just today, but every other day too), as well as getting some great products for your hard earned cash, you can get a warm fuzzy feeling? Use your local independents and here's what you're really doing:

1. You're keeping money in the local economy (Based on US research, we know that for every £100 spent in a local business, £68 is likely to stay in the community, versus £43 when spent in a national business.)

2.You're embracing what makes us unique (You wouldn’t want your house to look like everyone else’s in Britain. So why would you want your community to look that way?)

3. You're creating local jobs (Local businesses are better at creating higher-paying jobs for local people.)

4. You're helping the environment (Buying from a local business conserves energy and resources in the form of less fuel for transportation, less packaging, and products that you know are safe and well made, because we stand behind them.)

5. You're nurturing your community (We know you, and you know us. Studies have shown that local businesses donate to community causes at more than twice the rate of chains.)

6. You're helping keep the high street healthy (Supporting local business means more colour and variety on the high street and creates more reason for local authorities to support them.)

7. You're creating more choice (We pick the items we sell based on what we know you like and want. Local businesses carry a wider array of unique products because we buy for our own individual market.)

8.You're taking advantage of our expertise (You are our friends and neighbours, and we have a vested interest in knowing how to serve you. We’re passionate about what we do. Why not take advantage of it?)

9. You're investing in entrepreneurship (Creativity and entrepreneurship are crucial to our economy. Nurturing local business ensures a strong community.)

10.You're making us a destination (The more interesting and unique we are as a community, the more we will attract new neighbours, visitors and guests. This benefits everyone!, once again a great big THANK YOU to all our customers who keep us, the other local stores, and the community alive!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Hopes & Fears by Justine Riccomini

We're very pleased to let you know we are now stocking 'Hopes & Fears' - a CD by Justine Riccomini in aid of Marie Curie Cancer Care.

Bo'nessian Justine has already raised a staggering £6000 in recent years by singing in concerts and organising events (you may have heard her sing at last years Victorian Street Fair, or at the very popular ABBA concert a few years ago!), and her fundraising efforts culminated in a sponsored trek through the Peruvian Andes in 2009. She has now recorded this wonderful CD in order to raise more money for Marie Curie Cancer Care in tribute to her Mum.

In 'Hopes & Fears' she sings 10 much loved classics including 'Londonderry Air' and 'Rusalka's Song to the Moon' (on both of which she sings with Bo'ness and Carriden Brass Band), as well as 'Ave Maria', 'Amazing Grace', and 'O Mio Babbino Caro' to name just a few. Justine hopes to raise a further £10,000 from sales of this CD. 'Hopes & Fears' is priced £9.99 and 100% of sale proceeds go straight to Marie Curie Cancer Care. Please support Justine's amazing fundraising efforts!

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Fair Day Cards

As I'm sure you all know, 'The Best Day of the Year', Bo'ness Children's Fair Day, is on Friday, June 24th this year, and we're pleased to announce that our fair day cards are back in stock now... and this year we've increased the selection!

As before, we have handmade cards for almost all the roles in the fair - if you can't find one for your child's role then just let us know, we can have one made in just a few days at no extra cost. And we're currently working on handmade cards for the schools' presentees too, and these should be available in store early next week. Both these types of handmade cards can be personalised with the child's name and/or a special message inside the card!

AND new for this year, we now have a small selection of printed Fair Day cards. These look fantastic, and are a great way to pass on your good wishes (unfortunately these printed cards cannot be personalised). But hurry, the printed cards are only available in limited quantities for this year's fair - once a design is sold out, we can't guarantee to have more available in time for the fair so make sure you get yours in time!

We're really pleased to have increased our offering of Fair cards, so that now we should have something for everyone! We even have money wallet gift cards available for those giving cash as a gift. So next time you pop into the shop, make sure to have a look at our Fair Day card selection, and get yours organised early!