The definitive history of Woolworths UK
A Sixpenny Romance, celebrating a century of value at Woolworths
by Paul Seaton
In Summer 2007 the High Street store Directors invited the creator of the Woolworths Museum, Paul Seaton, to go a step further a write a book documenting the chain's century at the heart of the High Street. The goal was to sell the book in-store as part of the hundredth anniversary celebrations in November 2009, and to give a free copy to employees and investors.
Paul was able to draw on his huge archive of pictures and documents, as well as input from colleagues and friends from across the business.
Writing had just finished and signed off when the chain collapsed into Administration at the height of the credit crunch. Shop Direct Group has since taken the brand on-line, but were unable to save the High Street stores. Many colleagues, customers and journalists, as well as English Heritage asked Seaton to republish the Museum and to re-work the book as a permanent memorial to 'Woolies'. The revised book was published on 5 November 2009, the hundredth anniversary of the first opening in Liverpool. It was followed by this updated version of the Museum website.
Paul Seaton's book, A Sixpenny Romance, celebrating a century of value at Woolworths is published by 3D and 6D Pictures Ltd and is ISBN 9780956382702. It is in print and available to order in good bookshops or on-line. It includes two chapters on the early history in North America.
You can preview the book and review the bonus content at sixpennyromance.co.uk where there is a link to wwwstores.co.uk our main distributor. The lavishly illustrated 194 page soft cover book includes more than 100 rare archive photographs, including fourteen colour plates. The publisher's recommended price is £10.99. The on-line shop gives free first-class delivery to UK addresses, and will despatch worldwide for $20 inclusive.
For further previews of the book please visit sixpennyromance.co.uk or to order a copy on-line for £10.99 including delivery within the UK ($20 for the USA, Canada, Commonwealth Countries and EEC) please visit wwwstores.co.uk.
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