Broadhurst Books of Southport
My fifth Book signing for British Army on the Rampage took me to one of the most beautiful shops in Southport. I felt really honoured to be invited to this little gem of a bookshop hidden in the back streets of our town.
The shop boasts a real coal fire that exudes a warm glow. A glow which is matched by the hospitality of its staff. There are four floors containing approximately sixty – thousand books both old and new and a fascinating history to boot.
I learned one of the most fascinating facts while I was preparing for my book signing. Mr Broadbent, who was the founder of the business in the early 1900’s was offered a partnership in the introduction to ‘paperback books’ to the market. He declined the offer from what was then ‘Penguin Books’ as he believed paperbacks would never catch on in this country.
The icing on the cake for me was when a gentleman and his wife entered the shop. They walked directly towards me with the lady asking if I was the author. I answered her but was puzzled with her tone.
The reason she asked became clear when she informed me her son was called Sean Connolly. His name was not only the same as mine, but was spelt the same. She requested after purchasing B.O.A.R that I sign the book and write a message to her son. I was only too glad to oblige. The message read,
‘To Sean Connolly, from Sean Connolly’. ‘Best Wishes’.
What a great day.