Peterborough business owner tells public: ‘Find my books and keep them’

Yes and her book

Jo Bevilacqua, owner of beauty salon Serenity Loves, in Oundle Road, has placed several copies of her No Longer Last on the list on benches and in trees in parks across the city.

Each copy comes with a note that simply says, ‘Take me, I’m yours!’

Jo, who wrote the book during the first covid-19 lockdown to inspire tired and busy women, said: “All insights and activities in the book are based on my lived experiences and I have seen the difference they have made for so many people .

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The book on a park bench.

“I wanted to take it further and reach out to people who might not have heard of the book yet.

“I’m glad I have so many friends and readers of the book who have offered to leave copies of No Longer Last on the list in their local parks.

“I love the idea that women stand a chance at a copy of the book, and know how important its message of self-care will be to them.”

The initiative is based on the American ‘bookcrossing’, where people leave books in public places to be picked up and read by others, who in turn pass them on.

Jo’s book placed in a tree in a park.

Jo is celebrating the first anniversary of her book, based on her experiences setting up and running three multi-award-winning businesses around the demands of starting a young family.

When No Longer Last on the List was released, it went to the top of Amazon’s bestseller lists in several categories.

She said: “There are already a ton of books tucked around the area and many more are coming.”

Each copy is packed in a Covid-safe environment and left in a sealed waterproof bag.

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