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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 s 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 boo
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'As packed with good things as the Peter Jones sale' Daily Telegraph Based on the BBC television series, Shopgirls is the incredible true story of the women behind the counters of Britain's most famous - and not so famous - stores.

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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.


"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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