Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge

Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge

Paperback - 2012
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"In 1909 London's first dedicated department store built from scratch opened in a glorious burst of publicity, spearheaded by the largest advertising campaign ever mounted in the British press. In his eponymous store Selfridge created nothing less than "the theatre of retail". His personal life was just as flamboyant, one of mistresses and mansions, racehorses and yachts. In this book Lindy Woodhead tells the extraordinary story of the early 20th century revolution in shopping and the rise and fall of a retail prince"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2012.
Edition: Random House Trade Paperback ed.
ISBN: 9780812985047
0812985044
Characteristics: xxiv, 310 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm.

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steve77
Jun 02, 2017

I agree with the fellow comment here. This book was a struggle to finish and very dry in parts. It is VERY different from the PBS show and very little about his family. Some parts were interesting but so much detail at times. My mind would wonder as I tried to finish it.

SCLOWATER May 20, 2014

While Harry Selfridge's life was fascinating to read about, I found the author's style of writing difficult at times. She uses terms I've never heard of & she often seemed to veer off topic a lot. She also makes some claims in the book that are different from what I've seen in a TV documentary about Selfridge as well as what I've found on Wikipedia.
Despite all this, still an interesting read though.

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