Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge

Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge

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The men who created the first department stores made vast fortunes, but no one grasped the concept of consumption as a sensual female entertainment better than the maverick American retailer Harry Gordon Selfridge. This book tells the story of a revolution in shopping and the rise and fall of a retail prince.

Independent Publishing Group
The men who created the first department stores—what Zola called "great cathedrals of shopping"—made vast fortunes, but no one understood how shopping could become sexy as well as Mr. Selfridge. In 1909, his department store—London’s first and 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, Harry Gordon Selfridge created nothing less than "the theater of retail." His personal life was just as flamboyant—one of mistresses and mansions, racehorses and yachts. In this revealing narrative, author Lindy Woodhead tells the extraordinary story of a revolution in shopping, depicts the rise and fall of a retail prince, and unravels a slice of social history that will surprise and entertain any woman who loves to shop.

Publisher: London : Profile, 2007
ISBN: 9781861978882
Characteristics: x, 310 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., ports. ; 24 cm


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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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