Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge

Shopping, Seduction & Mr. Selfridge

eBook - 2013 | Media tie-in
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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...
Publisher: 2013
Edition: Media tie-in
ISBN: 9780812985054
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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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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