Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind the Counter

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Published to tie in with the forthcoming BBC series, Shopgirls is a nostalgic, sweeping history full of the life stories of the women behind the counters of Britain's most famous -- and not so famous -- stores.
     Shopgirls should be heroines, as celebrated as steelworkers in the Industrial Revolution. A million of us were shop assistants by the turn of the twentieth century and since then retail has grown exponentially to become Britain's largest area of economic activity. But the young women at the heart of this economic and cultural revolution, the shop assistants themselves, have largely been ignored.
      Shopgirls will tell the story of the lives of the girls who have worked behind the counters of our nation's shops from the drapery stores of the 1860s when young women's employment outside the home was taking off, through the Edwardian era's tumultuous social upheavals, two world wars and all the way to the working class revolution of the 1960s and the shock of the Biba bombing. This lively and ambitious book sets out to uncover the shopgirls' life stories, work cultures and economic contributions in a way never done before.

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DR. PAMELA COX is senior lecturer in sociology at the University of Essex and the presenter of history series Servants: the True Story of Life Below Stairs for BBC TWO last year. She is the author of Bad Girls in Britain: Gender, Justice and Welfare 1900-1950.

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"Packed with riveting detail, a more absorbing collection of tales from the spirited shopgirls of the Victorian era to the present day would be hard to find." Daily Mail "Rich in surprising insight and human detail ... endless[ly] fascinating . . highly readable" -- Lucy Lethbridge Observer "Fascinating and addictive... A profusion of lively material includes the Wodehousian yarn of future Hollywood star "Chilli" Bouchier." Independent "[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." Saga Magazine "As packed with good things as the Peter Jones sale" Daily Telegraph

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Book Description Cornerstone, United Kingdom, 2014. Hardback. Book Condition: New. 240 x 162 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. Based on the BBC television series, Shopgirls is the true story of the incredible women behind the counters of Britain s most famous - and not so famous - stores. From the Victorian age through to the present day, an unsung army of shopgirls have been at the heart of Britain s retail revolution. Shopgirls reveals their enterprising and courageous stories as never before. 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 - and their spirited camaraderie - 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. For fans of social history and nostalgia, including readers of Lucy Lethbridge s Servants: A Downstairs View of Twentieth-Century Britain; Lindy Woodhead s Shopping, Seduction and Mr Selfridge and Mollie Moran s Aprons and Silver Spoons. Bookseller Inventory # AB99780091954468

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