[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.
After the first phase of the Industrial Revolution when mass-produced goods from British factories dramatically increased the range of items available, demand for shop assistants blossomed, and a new generation of shopgirls entered employment in the 1860s. We encounter a variety of female pioneers from Margaret Bondfield, who went undercover to champion the rights of early shopgirls (eventually becoming Britain’s first female cabinet minister), and the courageous Miss Austin of John Lewis during the Blitz, to the stylish art-school entrepreneurs who started the boutique movement of the sixties.
'As packed with good things as the Peter Jones sale.'
'Rich in surprising insight and human detail ... endless[ly] fascinating . . highly readable.'
- Lucy Lethbridge Observer
'[Go] behind the glamorous shop fronts and the glitzy shop floors of Britain's department stores ... Here the hidden history of the unsung heroines of the retail trade is revealed.'
Publication date: 15/01/2015
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone
|Publication date:||15th January 2015|
|Author:||Dr. Pamela Cox, Annabel Hobley|
|Publisher:||Arrow Books Ltd an imprint of Cornerstone|
|Genres:||Biography / Autobiography, eBook Favourites, The Real World,|
|Categories:||Social & cultural history, Retail sector,|
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 ...More About Dr. Pamela Cox, Annabel Hobley