*Kate O’Brien explored gay themes in her writing and she spearheaded a challenge to the Irish Censorship Act.
From here Laura walks seamlessly into a chemist’s in a move
that wouldn’t have surprised viewers at the time, many of whom would have recognised that she was in a branch of Boots. Brief Encounter is reflecting the opening scene in Noel Coward’s Still Life (the play on which the film is
based) in which he states that an attractive woman ‘is reading a Boots library book
at which she occasionally smiles.’
Books from Boots' and country lanes,
Free speech, free passes, class distinction,
Democracy and proper drains.’
|The store's is now home to The Larder restaurant and a branch of Oxfam|
John Boot’s own health suffered and he died in 1860 leaving a young family. His only son Jesse, aged 10 at the time, revived the business (with the help of his mother and friends) and Boots grew. Work-related stress now began taking its toll on Jesse’s health, so much so that he considered selling up. While on a forced holiday - his sister insisted he take a break - in Jersey, Jesse met Florence Rowe, the daughter of a book seller. She was 12 years his junior and the life and soul of any party. Opposites attracted and Jesse returned to Nottingham a year later with his Mrs Boot (today, a branch of Boots sits on the site of the Rowe family’s bookshop in St Helier’s).
|Florence Boot, nee Rowe, she'd probably be known today as FloBo.|
|There were many marketing campaigns for the libraries.|
|Inside the Pelham Street 'Wonderstore'|
For 67 years, Boots libraries had brought books to the people, and it all began here in Nottingham.