Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge

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Profile Books, Dec 20, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 514 pages
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The basis for the hit TV show Mr Selfridge

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.

'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  - UberButter - LibraryThing

Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge by Lindy Woodhead 310 pages ★★★ Harry Gordon Selfridge was an American man who would become one of the fathers of modern retail. In late 1800s, many retail ... Read full review

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User Review  - slug9000 - LibraryThing

If you like the show, I think you will like this book. This book is a history of Harry Selfridge and his eponymous department store, but it is also a history of shopping, fashion, Britain, the rise of ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Lindy Woodhead worked in international fashion 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. She is the author of War Paint and Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge. She is a regular contributor to the Spectator and The Times Saturday Magazine.

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