Tim Waterstone read English at Oxford before travelling to India to work for a broking firm. He went on to become marketing manager for W.H. Smith for eight years. He left to establish the bookselling retail chain Waterstone's in 1982, which he sold in 1993. He is now a novelist and a business speaker.
A penniless publisher teetering on the brink Hugh Emerson runs a small, prestigious publishing house. But literature doesn't pay the bills, and now his bestselling author is the subject of a salacious story in the gutter press. A newspaper dynasty struggling to survive Ned Macaulay, heir to a newspaper fortune and Hugh's best friend, steps in to help. But Ned has problems of his own. The family firm faces bankruptcy, and to save it he must outsmart the self-serving sycophants at Waring's bank. Ruthless bankers closing in for the kill Hugh and Ned are about to be dragged into a cut-throat world of devious investors and muck-raking journalists. It's darker and dirtier than they ever imagined - and if they want to succeed, they'll have to play dirty too...
Yes, it is the Tim Waterstone that started the biggest book chain in Britain and so he will no doubt come under a great deal of scrutiny but he doesn’t need to worry as he has written a great blockbuster novel. Interesting characters, intricate plots and plenty of dirty dealings. A gripping and clever read.
Waterstone's was DTI awarded as one of the three most financially successful business start-ups of the 1980s and, culturally, may be considered to have changed the complexion and scale of bookselling in the British isles and Europe. This massive success is in no small way due to Tim Waterstone's excellent business practices and belief that business can work for the good of the community. In this book he shares his top ten rules for creating businesses and making lives, using real-life case studies of how businesse succeed, and also how they can fail. Essential reading for anyone with a dream of starting up alone.