Shopping Seduction & Mr Selfridge


In his eponymous store Harry Gordon Selfridge, ‘the showman of shopping’, made shopping sexy. His personal life was just as flamboyant: one of mistresses and mansions, racehorses and yachts. This is the story of a revolution in shopping and the rise and fall of a retail prince.

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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 façade 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.The third series of Mr Selfridge will air on ITV in January 2015.’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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Weight 0.293 kg
Dimensions 20 × 13 × 2 cm






298 , 16 unnumbered of plates




Revised edition


381.141092 (edition:23)


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