From Napoleon Bonaparte describing Britain as a ‘nation of boutique owners’ to modern day popular historian Andrew Marr who described in his “History of Modern Britain” as a “ story of the defeat of politics by shopping” retail is important to what Britain is about.
As you read this book have a pencil or highlighter to hand, since it is stuffed full of great stories, and many ideas that are just as pertinent today and back in the day.
Today’s Apple store has many of the principles of browsing , playing and touching of the stock that Harry Selfridge would have recognised.
The ITV 10 part series "Mr Selfridge" was fine but the book is so much more.
As the UK high street takes a battering from both triple dip recession and loss of trade to the Internet, big store retailing will need to go back and reinvent itself to survive and differentiate itself from commodity shopping to the pleasure and fun of the real shopping experience.