Friday, 24 December 2010

Merry Christmas!

Well, after busy December it's now our turn to enjoy the festive season, so we're closing the shop for a few days! As from tomorrow (Christmas Day) we close up until 9.30am on Monday January 3rd when we'll be back refreshed, recharged and ready for another year. As usual, our opening hours in January will be Monday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm.

So now all that's left to say for 2010 is that we wish everyone near and far a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! We hope you stay nice and warm in the wintry weather, and that Santa brings you some great new reads!

Monday, 6 December 2010

Wintry Weather

You might have noticed, we've been experiencing some wintry weather round these parts recently!

On really snowy / icy days, as with other shops in the town we've been forced to open a little later than normal due to the weather. (Sadly, we've even had an enforced snow day or two.)  Apologies for all of this!

During this time we've been opening (and will continue to open) as soon as we can possibly get there over the hills and through the snowdrifts each morning. In the meantime, if you have any urgent queries or orders then please either pop back later in the day, or call or email us and leave a message. We will get back to you and deal with your enquiry as soon as we can. We'll be back to normal again as soon as the weather clears.

Once again, apologies, and thanks for your patience!

Thursday, 2 December 2010

Christmas is coming...

And so are the reindeer! Once again Santa and the fabulous Aviemore reindeer make their annual visit to Bo'ness Town Centre this Christmas. Pop into the town on Saturday (4th Dec) to enjoy the event, keep the kids entertained, and do a little Christmas shopping all in one! The reindeer will be in the town from 2pm to 4pm - make sure you don't miss them!

Monday, 29 November 2010

December Opening Hours...

Did you know? We're extending our opening hours in December to make sure you have plenty of time to get your Christmas shopping organised! We'll now be open...

* Every Sunday in December up to Christmas (5th, 12th and 19th) - from 12 noon to 4pm!
* Even earlier on December Saturdays - from 9am to 5pm!
* AND Late night on Thursday 2nd December ... right up until 8pm!

Of course, we're still open as normal every other day from 9.30am to 5pm.

As usual, this year we'll be open right up to 5pm on Christmas Eve for all those last minute gifts, then we'll be closing to enjoy the festivities, mince pies and mulled wine for a few days! We'll be back open again on Monday January 3rd ready for the start of a whole new year! (My goodness, 2011 already. Where does time go?!)

Friday, 26 November 2010

Late Night Shopping!

Yes, you heard correctly, we're opening late! If you have trouble making in to the shops in town during the week then why not take advantage of our late night on Thursday 2nd December! We'll be open right up until 8pm so there's plenty of time to pop in and kick start your Christmas shopping.

And, it's not just us - there's a whole host of shops opening late that night with special offers, promotions and a real festive atmosphere. Brilliant!

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

2010 Christmas Lights Switch On

Well, if that was our Autumn, we've had it! ... Bring on Christmas!

This Saturday (20th) in Bo'ness the Christmas lights are being switched on. The entertainment starts at 2.15pm so make sure you come along to the town centre to see local school choirs, pantomine fun, festive characters, treasure hunts and the switch on of the Christmas lights at 4pm. You might even be able to pick up a Christmas present or two whilst you're here!

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Christmas Catalogues...

Remember to pick up your Inkspot & Silverleaf Booksellers Christmas catalogue for loads of great present ideas! Catalogues are available in the shop now.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

We're Back!

Well that's it - the holidays are all over, the sunglasses packed away, the winter woolies have been found, and there'll be nothing but snow and sparkliness and Christmas on our minds for the next few months! The shop opens back up again today (6th November), after our little break so why not stop by and say hello... If jet lag hasn't got the better of us then we're sure to be bright and chipper and ready to hunt down all those books on your Christmas list for you!
See you soon!

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Britain's 50 Best Bookshops...

Here's some brilliant shop news to keep you going whilst we're away this week...

We're great - it's official! We're one of the country's 50 Best Bookshops according to a recent feature in The Independent. We're included in a brand new for 2010 '50 Of The Best' list with a host of other fantastic (and award winning) shops such as Jaffe & Neale in Chipping Norton and The Watermill in Aberfeldy as well as our friends at Edinburgh's Children's Bookshop and the Yellow Lighted Bookshop in Tetbury. Our entry reads...

"As with Chris's other Scottish recommendations, he rates this business for having 'created a shop with its own personality, by combining bookselling with wider reading/arts activities to create a focal point for local activities'."

Aw shucks. We try.

Over the two and a half years we're been open we've tried our hardest to bring our customers (that's you!) a li'l bit of everything reading-wise: books you really want. And as well as simply selling books, we've done a whole lot more - we've donated to local charities and fundraisers, worked with schools on events and competitions, linked up with other businesses to show how great the town's indie sector is, supported local arts groups and festivals with ticket sales services, and sold books everywhere from company picnics and playgroups to Christmas Fairs and conferences! On top of that we've taken part in industry wide initiatives such as IndieBound and World Book Day, local initiatives and events such as 'Cheque It Out', and the Victorian Street Fair, and we've even found time to bring our customers our very own unique, exclusive, handmade, personalised greetings and Bo'ness Fair Day cards! Whew! (No wonder we need a holiday this week!)

OK, so we're not be one of the country's bigger shops, we don't have unlimited budgets, and we may be a little off the beaten track, but like many other hardworking indie bookshops we've been quietly busying ourselves behind the scenes trying really hard to bring everything together. We want the shop to be a true community bookshop, and I'm over the moon that all our hard work has been recognised in this way. So thanks to our customers for supporting us over the last few years, and thanks to Chris Conway of for nominating us and the rest of the voting panel for seeing fit to include us with such other great bookshops!

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Shop Closed - October 27th to November 5th inclusive...

Just a little note to say that the shop will be closed for a few days from October 27th whilst we take a well earned holiday! We will re-open on Saturday November 6th so you can collect and order books again then. Apologies for any inconvenience! We hope you have a wonderful Hallowe'en and Bonfire Night whilst we're away!

Monday, 18 October 2010

New Local Book - Matt Steele, Architect

We're lucky here in Bo'ness to have so much of the town's rich and varied history documented in some wonderful books. ' Local history' has always been one of the most popular sections in the shop, and we've heard stories of books such as 'Old Bo'ness', 'Bo'ness Coal Pits', and 'Bo'ness Speed Hill Climb' winging their way to family, friends and ex-pats in numerous far flung corners of the globe. So with that in mind we're really excited to have another new local book to bring you!

Matt Steele, Architect: A Biography focuses on the life of Matt Steele and his work, particularly in and around Bo'ness. Beautifully laid out, and with pages and pages of wonderful photographs, this book takes in many of the well known sights of the town and explains the architectural history behind them. Personally, I had known of Steele's involvement in the Hippodrome as well as in the building directly opposite the shop here (previously open as 'Wevelings') but I hadn't realised he had undertaken so many comissions around the rest of the town. From shop fronts and offices to churches, sawmills and cinemas, not to mention numerous family homes all around the town, Steele's designs and influence is clearly stamped on the industrial, commercial and residential history of Bo'ness.

If you've always wanted to know a little more about how the town came to look this way, then this book is a must have, and it's a great addition to the selection of local history books available here at the shop.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Past Papers

Looking forward to the next few months: the falling leaves, the warm fires, and the (dare I say it?) Christmas shopping? Me too! But spare a thought for the nation's teenagers who not only have their exams next May to think of, but also have to study hard for their mock exams later this year before they can switch off and enjoy the change of seasons...

But it's not all doom and gloom! To ease their stress levels and get them used to the exam formats, we have a selection of Past Papers in stock now! From Standard Grade to Advanced Higher and all points in between we've Bright Red's latest edition of these necessary study aids containing past papers from 2006 to 2010. So if your teen has trouble with trigonometry or bother with biology, we've the past paper to help. And if we don't have the exact level and subject you need then don't fret, we can order it for you to arrive in a few days! And just to make sure everyone is all set for any question the exams might throw your way, we also can order study guides, textbooks, reading notes and more. Lesson 1: If a teacher recommends a particular book, take notes, let us know and we'll get it for you!

Friday, 8 October 2010

Gift Vouchers...

Did you know that as well as the ever popular National Book Tokens Gift Cards, we also have our own Gift Vouchers? Well we do! Our vouchers can be tailored to suit whatever value you need, and they can be used to purchase anything in the shop - including any books we order in for you too! (They also come with a lovely wee card!)

Our vouchers have been popular with schools as prizes, and make great birthday presents for adults and kids alike! So if you're ever stuck for gift ideas, pop in and pick up some vouchers!

Monday, 4 October 2010

Signed Copies...

We love surprise author visits! Last year we had the pleasure of a surprise visit from fiction author Lesley Pearse when she was in town, and on Saturday it was the turn of Andy Hamilton, co-author (with his brother Dave) of the brilliant 'Self Sufficient-ish Bible' to pop in whilst passing through. Like Lesley, Andy was lovely enough to sign a few copies of his book for us, so if you've been after a copy, now is the time to pick one up!

The Self Sufficient-ish Bible is the book for you if you don't have the space or time to be totally self-reliant, but crave creative ideas for recycling, growing organic vegetables and establishing an environmentally friendly home office. It's full of small suggestions to get you started, and bigger ones for when your confidence grows, as well as recipes, herbal remedies, eco-friendly travel solutions and much much more. If you are one of those organised types who've started their Christmas lists already then this is definitely one to make a note of!

Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Hops and Glory!

The days are colder, the nights are drawing in... it's that time of year again. And what better way to spend your evenings than with a good drink and a good book!

October 1st and 2nd this year are the dates for the ever popular Bo'ness Real Ale festival at the Town Hall. And this year, the festival is celebrating its 10th birthday! The beers have been chosen, and the comemmorative polo shirts are ordered. It's sure to be a brilliant festival yet again. And if real ale is your thing, well of course, we've just the book for you...

In 'Hops and Glory', author Pete Brown goes back to the original India Pale Ale - pure gold in a glass; a semi-mythical beer specially invented, in the 19th century, to travel halfway around the world, through storms and tropical sunshine, and arrive in perfect condition for a long, cold drink on an Indian verandah. 

For the first time in 140 years, a keg of Burton IPA has been brewed with the original recipe for a voyage to India by canal and tall ship, around the Cape of Good Hope; carried by Pete. Brazilian pirates and Iranian customs officials lie ahead, but will he even make it that far, having fallen in the canal just a few miles out of Burton? And if Pete does make it to the other side of the world with 'Barry' the barrel, one question remains: what will the real IPA taste like? Weaving first-class travel writing with assured comedy, "Hops and Glory" is both a rollicking, raucous history of the Raj and a wonderfully entertaining, groundbreaking experiment to recreate the finest beer ever produced.

It's the perfect accompaniment to the Real Ale Festival! Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, 23 September 2010

2011 Paperblank Diaries are here!

Paperblank 2011 diaries are now available in the shop!

I love these diaries. They've room for everything and are always absolutely stunning. Every year since the shop opened we've had the diaries in stock, and every year we've completely sold out. (Which is no wonder really, they're fantastic).

This year we've a new design or two on the shelves, and we have a whole range of sizes and formats available too. They make great gifts for that one friend or relative who already has everything, and a few have already found their way to good homes this year. So if you're planning on giving one as a gift for Christmas then you'd better make sure you pop in and pick one up before they're all gone!

Right, now I'm off to decide which one I want!

Friday, 17 September 2010

I read a book...

( happens sometimes), and I loved it. It's just published this month and we now have a copy or two in the shop... but I had a sneaky wee read a few weeks ago - I was given an advance copy you see, from a publishing friend (oh the privileges!) 'You'll pure love this one', she said. And I did.

The book is 'The Method Actor's Guide to Jekyll and Hyde' by Kevin MacNeil. Great title. Set in Edinburgh it centres around Robert - actor, lovelorn egotist, and bike crash victim. After being unceremoniously knocked off his bike by an Edinburgh bus he returns to his life, his love, and his starring role in an upcoming version of Jekyll and Hyde - only to find everything has changed. Things aren't quite how he left them and life seems to be playing tricks. A '...dark comic thriller with a supernatural edge...' right enough!! Read it yourself to find out all... more specifically, buy it here!

Monday, 13 September 2010

Big Roman Week 2010

This week is the Big Roman Week across Falkirk District! It takes place to mark the birthday of Emperor Antoninus Pius who built his Roman frontier across Falkirk district. And as usual Bo'ness is getting in to the spirit of things!

A full programme of events has been planned around the town, and from appearances by the Antonine Guard to themed activities for the kids; a screening of 'Asterix' at the Hippodrome to a consultation on the Bridgeness Roman Slab project there's definitely something for everyone. See what happened last year...

At Bo'ness Library on September 15th, Geoff Bailey, Keeper of Archaeology and Local History will be giving a talk on the town's Roman history entitled "Life on the Frontier: Kinneil Fortlet and Carriden Fort". The talk starts at 2.15pm and tickets priced £1 are available from the library.

We've leaflets detailing the full week's programme in the shop for you to pick up, and don't forget to read up on the town's Roman history before you go! We have a selection of local history books in stock including 'The Antonine Wall' by David J. Breeze.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Bo'ness Hill Climb Revival

This weekend, September 11th and 12th is the 2010 Bo'ness Hill Climb Revival meeting in the grounds of Kinneil House. This event has been running for a few years now and seems to get bigger and better each time. For 2010 as well as the amazing array of classic cars, for the first time in 50 years motorbikes will be competing too! It's definitely worth a visit.

In the shop, we have Kenny Baird's wonderful book 'Bo'ness Hill Climb' £8.99 (paperback) as well as many other local interest, and motorsports books. So if you're in town for the event remember to pop in for a browse.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Half Day Closing - Saturday 4th September

Just a note to let you know that for one day only, the shop will close at 11.45am on Saturday 4th September as we're off selling books elsewhere for the afternoon! We'll be back open as normal on Monday morning though and hope to see you then!
Apologies for any inconvenience!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Independent Booksellers' Book Prize

The deadline for voting for the Independent Bookseller's Book Prize (and for being entered into the draw to win all 22 shortlisted books!) is 30th August. That's pretty soon! Make sure you return your completed forms in time! If you don't know anything about this yet then here's some info...

Once again this year we took part in Independent Bookseller's Week in June. As part of that, our lovely customers (that's you!) are able to vote for your favourite book from a shortlist of 22 brilliant titles, compiled by independent booksellers across the country. All you have to do is complete the entry form and pop it back in our stylish competition entry box, and not only will your vote be counted in the ballot for the nation's favourite books, but you could also be in with a chance of winning the full set of 22 shortlisted titles!

Entry forms have been going out in bags since June, but we have more in the shop if you'd like to pick one up next time you're passing. Just make sure to bring it back to us by the deadline of August 30th 2010 to have your vote counted and be in with a winning chance! Best of luck!

Monday, 16 August 2010

Edinburgh International Book Festival

Well, it's that time of year again! Yes, it's August and so just a few short miles along the road Edinburgh's festivals are in full swing! This year the Edinburgh International Book Festival takes place from 14th to 30th of August and has again attracted some stellar authors. If you'd like a jaunt along then remember to pop into the shop first to pick up your copy of the Book Festival Programme and find out more about who's appearing and when. You can also pick up books from some of the authors who'll be there too of course! (We've highlighted a few of them in our theme window this week...)

And if you've not booked your tickets yet then don't panic! There are still some available for a number of events but it's probably best to be quick! More information on tickets and events can be found on the Book Festival website here. Have fun at the festival!

Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Back to School...

Already! It might seem like the kids have just broken up for summer (or perhaps it seems like a lifetime ago...) but either way it's almost time for them to go back.

If your little darling is starting school or nursery, or your not-so-little one is off to college or university soon then we have a great selection of books, gifts and stationery for them in the shop. We've notebooks and pens, dictionaries, 'First Numbers' and 'First Words' books, bookmarks, homework helpers and a whole lot more. If you're passing the shop you'll see lots of them highlighted in our 'Back to School' window.

Of course, we can order in textbooks too, and will do our best to make sure you have everything on your university reading lists in time for the start of term - if it's available, we'll get it for you!

...And new for this year, National Book Tokens have recently launched the Student Book Card. It's a simple two part gift card that allows parents to add value on one card and students to buy textbooks with the other! We have the gift cards available to buy here, and we can also top up any existing cards (whether Student Cards or ordinary Gift Cards), and of course you can use any of the paper National Book Tokens or the newer Gift Cards to pay for your purchases here too.

Back to school made simple!

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Enewsletters are back!

Hurrah! Our enewsletters are back up and running again!

It's certainly been a while since we last emailed everyone. When the shop opened at first, we sent enewsletters steadily each month, but it wasn't long before we realised that our creaky old systems weren't coping very well with the formats, so we took a break to work out a better way of doing things. A few months later and we're now (hopefully!) back on track! We still have a great mix of news, competitions, great books and more, and in the first enewsletter in a long time (sent out yesterday), we had a lot to say! We talked about some great new books, the brilliant new IndieBound initiative, some of the things we've been up to in the shop recently, the Independent Booksellers' Book Prize (and competition!), useful 'Back to School' info and a whole lot more!

If you missed out on the first enewsletter then click here to sign up for it on our website. We'll send you a copy asap and add you to the mailing list for future enewsletters!

Saturday, 24 July 2010

They're Funny in Falkirk...

...and we're a barrel of laughs in Bo'ness! Please excuse the bad pun, but in case you haven't noticed, there's a brand new comedy festival on our doorstep.

Featuring two weeks worth of the best Scottish and International talent, the new 'Funny in Falkirk' festival takes place from 23rd July to 3rd August this year across a whole variety of great venues in the district. Tickets are available online and via the ticket telephone hotline, but if you'd rather pick up yours when you're out doing your weekly shop then pop in to visit us - we're selling tickets for the two fantastic Bo'ness stand up events right here! So all you need to do is decide which event you fancy and get ready to laugh your socks off. Easy peasy!

First up, on Saturday 31st July is an evening with some of the best comics on the Scottish circuit today. The 'Best of Scottish Comedy' event, features compere Jojo Sutherland along with Bruce Fummey, Billy Kirkwood and Bruce Morton. Tickets for this show are priced at £8 (£7 concs).

Then, once you've recovered from that, on Sunday 1st August is the 'Sunday Night Stand Up' event featuring compere Bruce Devlin joined by Raymond Mearns, Anthony Murray and Lucy Oldham. Tickets for this show are priced at £7 (£6 concs). Both events are being held in Bo'ness Town Hall, and both start at 8pm.

Throughout the two weeks of the festival there are events being held in Grangemouth, Denny, and Stenhousemuir, as well as those in Bo'ness and Falkirk. There are even kids comedy films showing at the Hippodrome during the festival, so there's sure to be something for everyone! Pop in and get your tickets today!

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Fair Day...

Well, the town is fully resplendent in it's Fair finery; our hand made, personalised Fair Day cards have been selling like hotcakes, and we've our Fair Day bunting in the window catching the eye of all who pass on South Street. That can only mean one thing... Yes, Friday 25th June is the Bo'ness Children's Fair Festival. Hurrah!

As usual we'll be closed on Friday 25th to enjoy the festivities of 'the best day of the year' but we'll be back open as normal on Saturday 26th!

Happy Fair Day Bo'ness!

Friday, 28 May 2010

Already have plans for Sunday?

This Sunday (30th May) the town is once again holding the Amazing Bo'ness Victorian Street Fair from 12 noon till 4pm... and it's set to be bigger and better than ever this year. There will be stalls with craft goods, face-painting, toys, food and more, as well as entertainment from local bands, fairground rides, jugglers, birds of prey, vintage car displays and perhaps even a visit from Queen Victoria herself!

And of course we'll be open too! As well as our Victorian themed window we have our usual great selection of local books on display, as well as books on crafts, cookery, gardening, fiction and those ever popular children's books. We'll even have our very own handmade Fair Day cards available for you to browse, buy or have personalised too (but more on that in another post).

The weather looks set to be beautiful, so why not visit us on Sunday and soak up the atmosphere of a very Victorian Bo'ness! We'll see you there!

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Kinneil Band: 150 Years of Music

We have a new local book in stock! Kinneil Band: 150 Years of Music 1858 - 2008 by Ruth Kelly has just been published this weekend and on Saturday morning we took our first delivery of them! The books were launched at the Band's annual concert on Friday 16th April and have been selling well so far so be sure to get your copies before they all go! These brilliant books, written to commemorate the 150 year history of the band are priced at £10 each (and as they are light paperbacks they'd make a convenient gift to post!)

Ruth's book will be a great addition to our small but perfectly formed collection of available local books... Don't forget that as well as this new 'Kinneil Band' book, and the Bo'ness and Carriden Band book 'Sons 'o' Brass' (launched here in 2008) we also have a range of other local books in stock from top selling recent publications like  'Old Bo'ness', Place Names of Falkirk and East Stirlingshire', 'Briggers', 'Bo'ness Coal Pits', and 'Hard as Nails', to established favourites such as 'Bo'ness: A Glimpse of the Past', 'The Forth at War', 'Bo'ness Speed Hill Climb', and 'Wha's Like Us'.

See you soon!

Saturday, 3 April 2010

We're Open on Easter Monday!

Just a little note to say
we're open as usual on Easter Monday!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010


In the last few weeks there's been a bit of a thaw around here. The daffodils are starting to find their way through the previously frozen ground, and spring is trying hard to put in an appearance... which can only mean one thing. It's almost Easter!

We've a great selection of Easter books, cards and stationery in the shop now, and should you need the odd colouring book, story book, or project resource for kids at home over the school holidays then we've a few of those too. Pop in for a browse!

Thursday, 18 March 2010

School Bookmark Competition!

Over the last few weeks the kids from Bo'ness Public Primary School have been hard at work designing and drawing bookmarks for a competition we ran as part of their 'Storytelling Week'. This coincided with this year's World Book Day and the re-opening of their school library. All the entries we had for the competition were simply fantastic and it was so hard to chose just a few winners so we ended up giving some special mentions too!  I went to the school on Monday morning for a special assembly where we heard all about the pupils' activities over the week, and I had the honour of presenting the winners with their prizes - it was a fun morning!

I'd like to thank everyone from the school for their hard work in taking part and I'm pleased to say that all the entries received are displayed in our shop windows for all to see (see pictures below!), and the bookmarks designed by the winners and special mentions are now available in our shop for our customers, and in the school library for the pupils.

Monday, 15 March 2010

I just read this...

It's not a big book, but it's good. If you're a writer (or a reader) it's definitely worth a look, and if you know someone who is, it'd make a great present.
New in the shop this week.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Mother's Day

Well Mother's Day is almost upon us again - it's Sunday 14th March for those of you who've forgotten! So how are you going to thank your Mum or Gran for being so wonderful all year round? We've a selection of brilliant books, gifts and stationery you can chose from, and if it's a last minute card you're looking for, we're open till 5pm on Saturday 13th too!

Monday, 8 March 2010

A Fine Four Fendered Friend...

Hot on the heels of the brilliantly succesful 5 star variety performance back in January, Goodnight Productions' next event will be "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" - a screening of the 1968 film, then an exclusive audience participation discussion plus photograph and signing opportunity with Heather Ripley who played "Jemima Potts" in the film. The show will take place on March 14th at the Barony Theatre in Bo'ness, and tickets are available from us here in the shop priced at just £8.50 ... and if you are stuck for a Mother's Day gift this could be just the thing!

Friday, 5 March 2010

Catch up...

Well January and February have just flown by!

We've had a little bit of this...

(Yes, that really is a giant JCB parked outside the window)

And a little bit of this...

(Hurrah! Valentine's Day!)

Plus a huge big pile of this...

(Snow, snow, snow!)

And we're now eagerly awaiting the arrival of spring and some warmer weather!

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Happy World Book Day 2010!

We stock all the specially published £1 World Book Day books, but if none of those take your fancy then we also have a great selection of kids books for all ages - chose one worth £2.99 or over and use your World Book Day token to get £1 off and get reading! See you soon!

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

A bit of a change...

If you've been into the shop since the start of the year, you might have noticed a change or two. Over the Christmas break we decided to have a bit of a long overdue reorganisation of some of the shelves. I always felt the 'Scottish and Local' section was a little stuck out on it's own beside the counter, and we had wrapping paper and envelopes in three, yes three(!) separate locations. A reorganisation was definitely needed. So we hope you like the new look - it's not massively different, just a little better organised. Here's a run down of the main changes...

* The Scottish books section has moved over beside the rest of the non-fiction - just near the door and a lot easier to find!
* All our stationery, cards, wrapping paper, envelopes and gifts / accessories are now in one section next to the main counter where the Scottish books used to be. (A lot more cohesive and a great little one stop shop for last minute presents!)
* Our children's section now has a new extra shelf / display stand for highlighting some of our new / favourite / interesting / beautifully designed books.
* A few other shelves in the non-fiction section have moved around a little to allow for these other changes... oh, and we also now have an umbrella stand just inside the door for those occasional rainy Bo'ness mornings!

So if you've not been in for a while, pop in for a nosey... and of course we'll help you find your favourite section again too if it's been moved in the shuffle!

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Looking for a little variety?

After all variety is the spice of life!

Goodnight Productions are staging a 5* Variety Spectacular at the Barony Theatre in Bo'ness on January 29th, and we've tickets available here for just £10! Featuring acts such as Laura McGhie (X-Factor Boot Camp Sensation), Jenny Douglas (fresh from Keith Jack's UK Tour), Matty Smith (finalist from Edinburgh's Got Talent) and Tracey Quinn as 'Anastacia' (as seen on Stars in Your Eyes) it's sure to be a brilliant night's entertainment!  Hurry along to get your tickets before they're all gone!

Sunday, 10 January 2010


If you're anything like me you'll already have made and broken more New Year's resolutions in your time than you care to think about, but also, there will be one big one that keeps reappearing in your list year after year. What's yours? Well whether it's to learn a language, be healthier, trace your ancestors, stop biting your nails, pass your driving test, learn to paint, or finally get round to applying for Mastermind (we've all thought about it!) there's surely a book to help you on your way. Why not make 2010 the year you finally get round to crossing that one big thing off your list!

Our window display this week highlights a few of the books that could help you on your way, but if you don't see what you need to get working on your resolution then just come in and ask and we'll set about finding the right book for you!