Tim Waterstone read English at Cambridge University before moving to Calcutta to work for a broking firm. On returning to England, he worked at WHSmith for eight years, and went on to establish the bookselling chain Waterstones in 1982. He now dedicates much time to charitable organisations and the arts. In 2018 he was knighted for services to bookselling and charity.
[Waterstone] writes movingly... Small, poignant images standout... From such raw clay are great entrepreneurs moulded * The Tablet * The rollicking, page-turning memoir of Britain's biggest book tycoon * Daily Mail * [A] moving, funny take on business, family and mortality -- Jim Armitage * Evening Standard *