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Shopping, Seduction & Mr Selfridge Hardcover – October, 2007
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Selfridge was a man ahead of his time, an accelerator of change, and he deserves to be remembered as the man who put the fun on to the shop floor and the sex appeal in to shopping. Sunday Express gripping and excellently researched. Literary Review In this energetic and wonderfully detailed biography, Lindy Woodhead tells not only the story of the rise and dramatic fall of Selfridge, the man, but also provides an enthralling description of fashion, politics, music and dance, the arts, the science of advertising and the use of the media, during the decades before the Second war. Evening Standard
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It did provide a lot more background about a remarkable business man who was instrumental in revolutionising experience of shopping. It is a detailed book, giving an indication of fashions at the point in time. Also giving a historic perspective and the names of some of the famous people who knew Harry Gordon Selfridge or who shopped at Selfridges. The reader can see where the TV series deviates from the facts.
It is a story of a larger than life character- his rise, the pinnacles of his career and his demise.
Hopefully I won't be spoiling the book for anyone if I make reference to the end of Selfridges life by saying how very sad. Seems like the company used him up and booted him out.
All in all, I recommend this if you are interested in those little pieces of history that you never hear about in school but still make a big difference in our lives today.
It is an excellent read - and the television series is the best since the original Upstairs Downstairs series. If you like fashion,
shopping, and history of the Edwardian period, this book is for you. It is an easy, fascinating read. I highly recommend it.