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One Family, a Cup of Tea and the Company that Took On the World

Thomas Harding



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Windmill Books
04 November 2020
History; British & Irish history; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900; Family history, tracing ancestors
'I was riveted- this is a fascinating social history.' NIGELLA LAWSON'Five stars... history on a scale at once intimate and grand.' TELEGRAPHA panoramic new history of modern Britain, as told through the story of one extraordinary family, and one groundbreaking company.

This is the story of how a family transformed themselves from penniless immigrants to build a company that revolutionised the way we eat, drink and are entertained. For over a century, Lyons was everywhere. Its restaurants and corner houses were on every high street, its coffee and tea in every cup, its products in every home. But it was a victory that was not easily won.

Told through the lives of five generations, Legacy is at once intimate and sweeping, charting the tragedy and unimaginable success of one of Britain's most famous families. It is also an illuminating new exploration of Britain and its place in the world, from the bestselling author of Hanns and Rudolf and The House by the Lake.'A magnificent book... endlessly fascinating.' JEWISH CHRONICLE'How the Lyons company took on the world... a satisfying slab of dynastic history.' GUARDIAN, 'Book of the Day''Written with love and imagination... a masterclass in historical empathy.' TLS'An affectionate and colourful family history.' FINANCIAL TIMES'Rich... Fascinating... Harding is to be congratulated on this panoramic history.' EVENING STANDARD'Endlessly fascinating and hard to put down... this is a tour de force.' JULIA NEUBERGER
By:   Thomas Harding
Imprint:   Windmill Books
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 200mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 39mm
Weight:   480g
ISBN:   9780099510789
ISBN 10:   0099510782
Pages:   592
Publication Date:   04 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Thomas Harding is an author and journalist who has written for the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, the Washington Post and the Guardian, among other publications. He co-founded a television station in Oxford, England, and for many years was an award-winning documentary maker. He also ran a local newspaper in West Virginia, winning the West Virginia Association of Justice's Journalist of the Year Award, before moving back to England in 2011, where he now lives with his family. He is the author of Hanns and Rudolf, a Sunday Times bestseller and winner of the JQ-Wingate Prize; the internationally acclaimed Kadian Journal- A Father's Story; The House by the Lake, a Costa Biography Award and Orwell Prize nominee; and Blood on the Page, winner of the 2018 Golden Dagger Award for Non-Fiction.

Reviews for Legacy: One Family, a Cup of Tea and the Company that Took On the World

Five stars. History on a scale at once intimate and grand... extremely readable. * The Telegraph * Enthralling... fascinating. Nearly half a century on, the Lyons name and Corner Houses have faded, quite forgotten. I dream of them still. * Observer * This story of the family behind the Lyons Corner Houses and many other ventures, its rise and its business demise, is endlessly fascinating and hard to put down. I read it all in one sitting, enjoying the colour and grandeur, whilst spitting with fury at how women were kept out of the financial loop. Full of character and characters, this is a tour de force. -- Rabbi Julia Neuberger A magnificent book... what a story this is. Endlessly fascinating. * Jewish Chronicle * I was riveted: this is a fascinating social history. * Nigella Lawson *

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