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Dr. Pamela Cox, Annabel Hobley - Author

About the Author

Pamela Cox is a social historian at the University of Essex. She has presented two major history series for BBC TWO - 'Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter' (2014) and 'Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs' (2012), both produced by Annabel Hobley. Her previous books include Bad Girls (2012) and Becoming Delinquent (2002). Annabel Hobley is a television producer and writer. Her credits for the BBC, ITV and More4 include 'Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter', 'Servants: The True Story of Life Below Stairs', 'McQueen & I', a documentary on fashion icons Alexander McQueen and Isabella Blow, and 'The Lost World of Mitchell & Kenyon', about an extraordinary treasure trove of Edwardian films.

Featured books by Dr. Pamela Cox, Annabel Hobley

Shopgirls True Stories of Friendship, Triumph and Hardship from Behind the Counter

Shopgirls True Stories of Friendship, Triumph and Hardship from Behind the Counter

Author: Dr. Pamela Cox, Annabel Hobley Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

[Go] behind the glamorous shop fronts and the glitzy shop floors of Britain's department stores...Here the hidden history is revealed . (Saga Magazine). Meet the shopgirls and hear their incredible true stories of life behind the counter. In this lively and colourful history, we join shopgirl Chili Bouchier on her journey from the small ladies' department at Harrods to star of the silver screen, and experience the raw courage of John Lewis' Miss Austin during the Blitz in the West End. We follow Margaret Bondfield as she goes undercover, fiercely championing the rights of her fellow shopgirls; and stand alongside the impoverished interwar chain store assistants who stole stockings to supplement their meagre wages. And we celebrate with the art school entrepreneurs who kick-started the boutique movement of the swinging '60s and made the shop floor their own. Here, these wonderful tales of friendship, hardship and triumph are revealed as never before. For fans of nostalgic history and memoir, including Call the Midwife; Mollie Moran's Aprons and Silver Spoons; and The Sugar Girls.

Shopgirls The True Story of Life Behind the Counter

Shopgirls The True Story of Life Behind the Counter

Author: Dr. Pamela Cox, Annabel Hobley Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/06/2014

From the Victorian age through to the present day, an unsung army of women workers has been at the heart of Britain's retail revolution. For the first time, Shopgirls tells the story of the women who have served behind our counters, playing a vital and often ground-breaking part in our shared social history. We meet Selfridges' 'businesswomen', fighting for their good name, and arsonist suffragette Gladys Evans, jailed for standing up for her beliefs; join Margaret Bondfield as she goes undercover, fiercely championing the rights of early shopgirls; and stand alongside the impoverished interwar chain store assistants who stole stockings to supplement their meagre wages. We encounter young apprentices, the first generation of female graduate trainees and 1940s working mums. We follow Chili Bouchier's journey from the small ladies' department at Harrods to star of the silver screen; uncover the raw courage of John Lewis' Miss Austin during the Blitz in the West End; and celebrate the art school entrepreneurs who kick-started the boutique movement of the swinging '60s. As this lively book reveals, the story of British shopgirls is one woven deep into the fabric of our history and changes the way we understand our society. You will never shop in the same way again.

Other books by Dr. Pamela Cox, Annabel Hobley

Shopgirls True Stories of Friendship, Triumph and Hardship from Behind the Counter

Shopgirls True Stories of Friendship, Triumph and Hardship from Behind the Counter

Author: Dr. Pamela Cox, Annabel Hobley Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/01/2015

[Go] behind the glamorous shop fronts and the glitzy shop floors of Britain's department stores...Here the hidden history is revealed . (Saga Magazine). Meet the shopgirls and hear their incredible true stories of life behind the counter. In this lively and colourful history, we join shopgirl Chili Bouchier on her journey from the small ladies' department at Harrods to star of the silver screen, and experience the raw courage of John Lewis' Miss Austin during the Blitz in the West End. We follow Margaret Bondfield as she goes undercover, fiercely championing the rights of her fellow shopgirls; and stand alongside the impoverished interwar chain store assistants who stole stockings to supplement their meagre wages. And we celebrate with the art school entrepreneurs who kick-started the boutique movement of the swinging '60s and made the shop floor their own. Here, these wonderful tales of friendship, hardship and triumph are revealed as never before. For fans of nostalgic history and memoir, including Call the Midwife; Mollie Moran's Aprons and Silver Spoons; and The Sugar Girls.

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