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Whiteley's Folly: The Life and Death of a Salesman

Whiteley's Folly: The Life and Death of a Salesman [Kindle Edition]

Linda Stratmann
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Product Description

Whiteleys was the Harrods of the 19th century. Its clients inlcuded English and overseas royalty and it offered - and delivered - "Everything from a pin to an Elephant". Created by William Whiteley, a draper's assistant from Yorkshire, who came to London with just a few pounds in his pocket, it was a remarkable achievement by a remarkable man.

About the Author

Linda Stratmann is a freelance writer and editor, and is the author of 'Chloroform: The Quest for Oblivion' (Sutton)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 735 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (31 Mar 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C8X731Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #690,511 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Linda was born in Leicester in 1948 and first started scribbling stories and poems at the age of six. She became interested in true crime when watching Edgar Lustgarten on TV in the 1950s. Linda attended Wyggeston Girls Grammar School, trained to be a chemists dispenser, and later studied at Newcastle University where she obtained a first in Psychology. She then spent 27 years in the civil service before leaving to devote her time to writing. Linda loves spending time in libraries and archives and really enjoys giving talks on her subject. Visit linda at her website

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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting man, interesting book 23 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a well researched and well written book about the man who seems to have virtually invented the idea of the department store: starting as a draper, expanding, buying up neighbouring shops, selling more and more things until he created an empire. The mysterious murder that ended the subject's life only constitutes a small part of the book, but he was a controversial, larger-than-life man and there is plenty in his story to make a really good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 19 July 2013
By King
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought a used copy, excellent condition, 300 or so pages, very informative and had a page with 4 to 8 pictures, very interesting and good read, highly recommend it.

I got it for 1p, I would not recommend buying a new copy for 16, absolutely ridiculous, the used are as good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Folly Not To Read This One 6 Nov 2013
By Elizabeth Brown - Published on
Although Whiteley was a household name in England, I had not heard of him before reading this very well-written & impeccably-researched book about his life and death. He was a pioneering giant among retailers, respected and even loved by his many customers, who were unaware of the secret side of his life. Many of its details were revealed in the aftermath of his untimely death. For anyone interested in the history of retail, true crime and/or the Victorian era, this book is well worth reading.
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