BA (Hons) Graphic Design alumnus, James Addison, is delighted to have released his first book, exploring inside one of Britain’s oldest hardware stores.

The book goes behind the scenes at W.E. Boone & Co – well known locally for its Aladdin’s cave interior filled with unexpected delights. Addison documents its 195 years of heritage that includes scandal, fire and the effect of two world wars. James worked with Photographer Rose Duffy who graduated from BA (Hons) Commercial Photography in 2011.

Entitled Have You Got Four Candles?, a limited print run of 100 copies has been published by Arts University Bournemouth’s OPOA Press, as part of its dedication to giving advice to the next generation of creatives and recognising alumni talent.

James said: “My grandfather was such a lover of local history. I got that bug from him – searching out stories wherever I am. I have dedicated the book to him. I’m so grateful to AUB for allowing my project to become a reality.

What I loved about the shop was the façade – the Edwardian hand-painted type and the whole ‘Harry Potter’ feel, with old tatty drawers lining the walls. You can still go in and buy one screw, it’s like stepping back in time.

I took it upon myself to document the shop. Places like this are dying out and it felt like my duty to keep this on record for generations. I loved loitering in the shop and listening to bizarre requests from the customers. It really is another world.

I wrote to Ronnie Corbett in 2014 and rather cheekily asked for a quote for the back of the book. I didn’t hear anything for months, and then an envelope came back but no letter – just the book with ‘Four candles?? Have you no fork ‘andles?’ on every page.”

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