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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperPress (28 Oct 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007367511
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007367511
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 0.4 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 166,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for ‘Something Wholesale’:

'It would strain the imagination to picture this stalwart young adventurer selling women's clothes. We are relieved of the difficulty by his own deliciously funny description … I read it once and liked it awfully' Evelyn Waugh

Praise for Eric Newby:

‘Newby is one of the funniest English writers; he more or less invented the modern comic travel book. … one of our best-loved writers’ William Dalrymple, Mail on Sunday

'A marvellous storyteller' Noel Perrin, Washington Post

'Any book by Eric Newby is an event' Len Deighton

'One of the finest and certainly the funniest of British travel writers' Sunday Times

‘No one engages his readers more enthusiastically in his adventures, or views the world through fresher eyes. With Eric as tour leader, everything becomes memorable' Christopher Matthew, Daily Mail

'A companion to be chosen above any traveler, past or present, if a real journey were to be made with any writer of books of travel. . . . For it is always Newby we want more of - Newby we sympathise with - Newby's cough, or feet, or dashed hopes, with which we suffer. Without one word of vanity in his books, he emerges effortlessly as the hero of them all' Spectator

'Newby's tremendous enthusiasms … leave one too exhausted for anything but breathless admiration' Observer

About the Author

Eric Newby was born in London in 1919. In 1938, he joined the four-masted Finnish barque Moshulu as an apprentice and sailed in the last Grain Race from Australia to Europe, by way of Cape Horn. During World War II, he served in the Black Watch and the Special Boat Section. In 1942, he was captured and remained a prisoner-of-war until 1945. He subsequently married the girl who helped him to escape, and for the next fifty years, his wife Wanda was at his side on many adventures. After the war, he worked in the fashion business and book publishing but always travelled on a grand scale, sometimes as the Travel Editor for the Observer. He was made CBE in 1994 and was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award of the British Guild of Travel Writers in 2001. Eric Newby died in 2006.


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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Jan 2002
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Genuinelyhilarious memoir of the writer's time in the rag trade after the war and an afectionate portrait of his father - an unsual man of his times. Strongly reccomended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Collier on 18 Dec 2009
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There will have been lots of companies operating as Eric Newby's father's did in the 1950s, with characters such as he met working for them like the rep who never stepped out of his long johns. It's a time gone by, and it's good that we have such an evocative record of them as this book gives. Read it. It's fun (glad I wasn't there though!)
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This book is hilarious. His descriptions of life in the rag trade is delivered with characteristic charm and humour.
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By margaret corbett on 18 Nov 2014
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did not enjoy this book. very poor
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Disappoint for an Eric Newby 30 May 2014
By roderick holesgrove - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a huge fan of Newby - one of the very first of a whole series of laconic and humourous travel writers. His first book - the 'Last Grain Race' ( about his 1939 voyage as a young apprentice in one of the last regular square rigger sailing ship comercial voayages) is one of my favourite books. 'Love and war in the Appenines' , about his time in Italy in WW2 is a great book. ' Something wholesale' , is not a travel book and is about his time in his father's wholesale fashion business. It is written in a humorous style - but the subject matter of a 1940's wholesale fashion house did not appeal to me and seemed somewhat outdated
something wholesale . it was an easy and tnteristing read 10 May 2013
By paul mortimer kelly - Published on Amazon.com
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I was expecting more about his wartime experiences , however it was an easy and interesting read . The other two (Bolivar & The president , Pope and Prime Minister ) not yet received
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