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Shopping Seduction Mr Selfridge

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If you lived at Downton Abbey, you shopped at Selfridge’s. Harry Gordon Selfridge was a charismatic American who, in twenty-five years working at Marshall Field’s in Chicago, rose from lowly stockboy to a partner in the business which his visionary skills had helped to create. At the turn of the twentieth century he brought his own American dream to London’s Oxford Street where, in 1909, with a massive burst of publicity, Harry opened Selfridge’s, England’s first truly modern built-for-purpose department store. Designed to promote shopping as a sensual and pleasurable experience, six acres of floor space offered what he called “everything that enters into the affairs of daily life,” as well as thrilling new luxuries—from ice-cream soda to signature perfumes. This magical emporium also featured Otis elevators, a bank, a rooftop garden with an ice-skating rink, and a restaurant complete with orchestra—all catering to customers from Anna Pavlova to Noel Coward. The store was “a theatre, with the curtain going up at nine o’clock.” Yet the real drama happened off the shop floor, where Mr. Selfridge navigated an extravagant world of mistresses, opulent mansions, racehorses, and an insatiable addiction to gambling. While his gloriously iconic store still stands, the man himself would ultimately come crashing down. The true story that inspired the Masterpiece series on PBS • Mr. Selfridge is a co-production of ITV Studios and Masterpiece “Enthralling . . . [an] energetic and wonderfully detailed biography.”—London Evening Standard “Will change your view of shopping forever.”—Vogue (U.K.) From the Trade Paperback edition.

The World of Mr Selfridge

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With love affairs, class issues, glamour, great story-telling and social history, Mr Selfridgeis the biggest budget ITV-produced drama of all time. Beginning in 1909, Mr Selfridge follows a colourful cast of characters whose lives and fortunes are entangled with the founder of the magnificent department store. An American retail visionary, Harry Selfridge moved to London in 1906 with his family to build and open the most ambitious department store the world had ever seen. The drama is set at a time when women were revelling in a new sense of freedom and modernity. Harry wanted to indulge, empower and celebrate these women and so opened the doors of his opulent department store on London's famous Oxford Street, changing the way the British shopped forever. This lavishly illustrated book is the official companion to the series. Written with a foreword by series producer Andrew Davies, the book takes fans on a journey through the world of Harry Gordon Selfridge. Rich with historical detail it explores the man himself, his relationship with his family as well as the store, its departments and changing fashions in the early twentieth century. Complete with hundreds of high quality photographs it takes a closer look at the cast and their characters before looking ahead to series three which will pick up in 1919, the point at which Harry's life really begins to unravel.

Selfridge

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Just for a moment try to put every shopping trip you’ve ever made out of your head. Imagine a different world. Imagine that all the goods for sale are locked away in cabinets and to handle them, or even to examine them closely, you need to ask a shop assistant to open it up for you. Imagine that within seconds of entering a store a floorwalker approaches you and asks if you’re planning to buy something – then, when you say “I’m just looking,” rudely tells you to leave. Imagine any attempt to return faulty or unsuitable goods being met with ridicule, obstruction or a flat refusal to help you. Until the late 19th century people didn’t have to imagine that; it was reality. For anyone alive today a visit to the average store back then would convince you that they didn’t really want to sell you anything. The idea of customer service was an alien one. Stores sold things. If you wanted to buy them, fine. If you didn’t they weren’t really interested. Browsing was strongly discouraged and impulse buys were almost unheard of. Shopping was something you did when you had to. It certainly wasn’t something anyone enjoyed. Then, in the late 1880s, one man came along and changed all that. His name was Harry Gordon Selfridge and this is the story of his life.

Midnight Mother

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From the author of the Sunday Times bestseller, SHOPPING, SEDUCTION & MR SELFRIDGE, comes MIDNIGHT MOTHER: the true story of Kate Meyrick - the most notorious nightclub owner in 1920s London. Evenings in 1920s Soho would find the era's most famous, influential and intriguing personalities heading to Gerrard Street. Their destination was the capital's most notorious late-night joint: Kate 'Ma' Meyrick's nightclub, the '43'. At a Kate Meyrick establishment - all flaunting Britain's absurdly restrictive licensing laws - members were guaranteed a fast, furious and fun night's entertainment. They could illegally drink into the small hours, hear some of the best music in town and foxtrot with the most fleet-footed, fabulously attractive hostesses in London. Proprietor, Kate, had seized the apocalyptic post-war years to forge a daring life outside the stultifying confines of a bitterly unhappy marriage. Yet she famously took her customers - many of them the typically lost souls of the jazz-age - under her motherly wing. Stars such as Rudolph Valentino and Tallulah Bankhead danced the night away next to the cream of moneyed high society. Champion sportsmen, high-stakes gamblers and millionaire fraudsters flocked to Kate's clubs - the '43', the Manhattan and the Silver Slipper amongst them. All life was here and their stories and scandals fill the pages of Midnight Mother. Nonetheless, as Kate's success grew, her burgeoning empire was soon viewed by the establishment, the church, the right-wing inflammatory press and many contemporary commentators as indicative of frightening social upheaval, rippling with decadence and drugs. For many revelers, the anticipation of a police raid made their night even more thrilling. For the corrupt policeman heading up Soho's Vice Squad, it meant a tidy sum stashed away in bribes offered to 'look the other way'. For Mrs Meyrick, it meant a decade during which the authorities sent her to Holloway no less than five times. But Kate didn't care. The notoriety that came with each arrest was good for business. A fabulous storyteller, bestseller Lindy Woodhead brings Kate Meyrick and many of the customers who crossed her threshold to wonderfully vivid life. Against the backdrop of a country recovering from the horrific consequences of the Great War, Midnight Mother goes behind the popular façade of 1920s' fast-living, frivolous partying to explore the darker side of the tormented generation who 'danced to forget'.

The Literary Review

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Philosophical Issues in Tourism

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The aim of this book is to bridge the disciplines of philosophy and tourism and to provide an analysis and application of philosophical issues of tourism. In doing so this book focuses on three key areas of knowledge, aesthetics and values.

Dry Goods

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War Paint

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War Paint is the story of two extraordinary women, Miss Elizabeth Arden and Madame Helena Rubinstein, and the legacy they left: a story of feminine vanity and marketing genius. Behind the gloss and glamour lay obsession with business and rivalry with each other. Despite working for over six decades in the same business, these two geniuses never met face to face - until now. 'The definitive biography of women and their relationships to their faces in the twentieth century' Linda Grant, Guardian 'I have seldom enjoyed a book so much . . . the research is staggering . . . a wonderful read' Lulu Guinness

The Times Index

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Indexes the Times and its supplements.

Crockery and Glass Journal

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The Bystander

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Nation s Business

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The Spectator

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The Golden Age of Shop Design

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The United States Army and Navy Journal and Gazette of the Regular and Volunteer Forces

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London Up Close

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Presents information on London's historic buildings, museums, parks, and other points of interest, and includes maps of each city district

American Cloak and Suit Review

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