Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge

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Profile Books, Dec 20, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 514 pages
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In 1909, the largest department store in London's West End, designed and built from scratch, opened in Oxford Street in a glorious burst of publicity. The mastermind behind the fašade was American retail genius Harry Gordon Selfridge: maverick businessman, risk-taker, dandy and one of the greatest showmen the retail world has ever known.

His talents were to create the seduction of shopping, and as his success and fame grew, so did his glittering lifestyle: mansions, yachts, gambling, racehorses - and mistresses. From the glamour of Edwardian England, through the turmoil of the Great War and the heady excesses of the 1920s and beyond, Selfridges Department Store was 'a theatre with the curtain going up at 9 o'clock each morning'. Mr Selfridge reveals the captivating story of the rise and fall of the man who revolutionised the way we shop.

The second series of Mr Selfridge will air on ITV in 2014.

'Lively and entertaining' Sunday Telegraph

'Will change your view of shopping forever' Vogue

'Harry Selfridge revolutionised the way we shop ... fascinating' Daily Mail

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User Review  - Jennifer Lafferty - Goodreads

This book provided some interesting insight concerning the life and character of retail pioneer Harry Selfridge. The creative and cutting edge entrepreneur who first made a name for himself at ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sherri Stephens - Goodreads

I watched the series not to long ago and of course wanted to find out more about this man. He was a true pioneer in the area of shopping. So many of the sales techniques that are used today were his ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Lindy Woodhead worked in international fashion public relations for over twenty-five years. During the late 1980s she spent two years as the first woman on the board of directors of Harvey Nichols. Lindy retired from fashion in 2000 to concentrate on writing. Her first book, War Paint (Virago), a biography of Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden, was published in 2003. She is a regular contributor to The Spectator and The Times Saturday Magazine. A Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, she is married with two sons and lives in southwest London and southwest France.

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