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Ex Soldier and Author. I was just sixteen years old when I joined the Army and stayed for fifteen years - half my life was given to this band of brothers but in truth it was my whole life. British Army on the Rampage is a seies of autobiographical novels that tell it how it was - warts and all. I wasn't in the SAS, I don't think I killed many people and if I did it was an accident. These are just the stories of a hell of a good time with real friends and comrades and the life we llived, the pranks we got up to and the friendships formed. I make no apologies for the fact that these memoirs are humourous because all in all I had one hell of an outrageously good time. And if war is a serious business at least we had a lot of laughs on the way...

Ye Olde Book Shoppe

NewsPosted by Sean Connolly Thu, April 17, 2014 09:15:22

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.