The Face Pressed Against a Window

The Face Pressed Against a Window❮Reading❯ ➽ The Face Pressed Against a Window Author Tim Waterstone – Tim Waterstone is one of Britain's most successful businessmen having built the Waterstones empire that started with one bookshop in 1982 In this charming and evocative memoir he recalls the childhood Tim Waterstone Pressed Against Epub Û is one of Britain's most successful businessmen having built the Waterstones empire that started with one bookshop in The Face PDF/EPUB ² In this charming and evocative memoir he recalls the childhood experiences that led him to become an entrepreneur and outlines the business Face Pressed Against PDF ↠ philosophy that allowed Waterstones to dominate the bookselling business throughout the countryTim explores his formative years in a small town in rural England at the end of the Second World War and the troubled relationship he had with his father Before moving on to the epiphany he had while studying at Cambridge which set him on the road to Waterstone's and gave birth to the creative strategy that made him a high street nameCandid and moving The Face Pressed Against a Window charts the life of one of our most celebrated business leaders.


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  • Hardcover
  • The Face Pressed Against a Window
  • Tim Waterstone
  • English
  • 02 August 2016

10 thoughts on “The Face Pressed Against a Window

  1. says:

    MARK RUINS BOOKSHOPSOh dear where do we start? Tim Waterstone the founder of a little company I know uite well Basically the crux of his memoir is one of annoyance Annoyance of what happened to his company after his sold it for what I am sure was a nice tidy profit He’s not happy at what the corporate world of capitalism and profit margins did to his company I mean what did he expect? But now he is once as the company has shifted once again That’s pretty much all you need to know Tales of his early life are as dull as the dirty post war dish water he had to bathe in and the bread and dripping sandwiches his young self had to consume There are the usual plethora of dysfunctional family holidays and general dynamics He repeats the same two anecdotes in the first two chapters which isn’t the fault of the author but his sloppy editor My father never loved me yada yada His lack of love gave him the determination to be a successful national purveyor of bookshops that sort of woe is me thing Waterstones was just an almighty fuck you to his dad essentially YawnIn fact his prep school headmaster masturbating to his exposed bare pre teen bottom is worryingly the most interesting and entertaining thing in this book But then he becomes an apologist for bullying and sexual abuse in schools simply saying that it turns boys into men Seriously Waterstone is decidedly unapologetic about the number of independent book shops in towns he gleefully takes responsible for closing The reprehensibility and gall of the man is truly something to behold He was admittedly ruthless and clearly doesn’t care about it He’s just like they weren’t good enough fuck them I bet he sleeps like a fucking baby The beginning of Waterstones was all about rebellion something he learned from his time working for WHSmith who fires him Something he is still pissed off about to this day Not to mention the period they took over his company and gutted the original ethos and spirit The book is peppered constantly with gushing praise and comment from ex staff members back in the early days when individual stores controlled their stock and their place of work was something to be proud of attending every day Back when they were told to treat their stores as independents an ethos that had somewhat dissipated when I worked for the company You weren’t allowed to be creative and any imagination or ideas were immediately stifled and uashed I created from scratch a local author initiative and dedicated events programme at a time in the mid 2000s where not only was a rare thing in the company but I was actively discouraged by head office putting immense on a succession of consistently harangued branch managers over what I was attempting to create that being a place for the local community to be cherish and be a part of and not a bunch of faceless shareholders Essentially what we were doing uickly paid off and was incredibly successful But they resented us because it was something that they couldn’t take responsibility and credit for HMV then tried to turn Waterstones into Tescos and eventually failed They employed a company director who had never worked in a bookshop in his life He wasn’t even from a retail back ground coming from a food distributor Gerry couldn’t organize his way out of a revolving door and soon left But before he did he took the company away from that literary tradition and focused on crap like the “books” from Jordan and Jade Goody instead Which went down like a shit taco in London’s Notting Hill I can tell you In the end I just refused to put certain ghost written tosh out onto the floor Instead they filled the Goods In room rather rapidly much to the consternation of the staff who had to work in there These days branch managers have no say at all over their stock and are not allowed to do any purchasing for the local market they know best despite his description of the new James Daunt era Head office and regional managers still control everything In a way I’m glad I don’t work for them any because I wouldn’t be able to hold my tongue and accept that sort of shit at all Just like some of my friends still do A large part of me wishes that I could have worked for the company in those early days or right now when they seem to have gone back to that original independent spirit which is what I wanted to experience when I applied in 2004 even though the managers still can’t order their own stock But it does seem a lot better than those awful HMV stranglehold years I witnessed But hey When it’s all said and done the general tone of ‘The Face Pressed Against A Window’ is both vindictive and a bit sad really Tim Waterstone is a bitter man a little full of himself His wife and family are pretty much an afterthought in this book and are only mentioned in passing towards the end It’s interesting for anyone interested in entrepreneurs and business but aside from that it’s not enjoyable as a read Oh dear indeed

  2. says:

    This was tough in many ways An interesting business history of a shop I am fond off It amazed me in about 1986 when I came back from a trip to the sea to find we had one in Guildford opening on a Sunday with a Cosy Coupe car to keep my younger son occupied while I browsed And my older one worked for one in London for a few months Tim had a very difficult negative father not at all untypical for people who go on to have success a lesson we could learn a lot from It is understandable with about 3 marriages that he chooses not to go into that bit of his life for the sake of the still living and his 8 children but obviously the effect of success on family life is another interesting story And the book ends in a rather unusual way with two little parables that mean what?

  3. says:

    Fascinating description of the emotional cruelty parents can unwittingly impose on very small children What is great about Tim Waterstone is that he reckons it is the lack of paternal love which made him achieve during his later life As someone passionate about books I am at one with his desire to create the very special reading centres that constitute Waterstones I always wanted to run a bookshop and through reading this biography I rather feel as if I have

  4. says:

    For me this was a book of two halvesIn the first half Tim Waterstone describes his ordinary Sussex childhood which was made out of the ordinary by the sexual abuse he experienced at boarding school and his poor relationship with his father The second half is like a business school lecture all about the economics and logistics of running a chain of bookshops I found it far too dry and impersonalFirst half 710 ⭐ I liked itSecond half 410 ⭐ Extremely average

  5. says:

    As a history of the evolution of modern book retailing I found the book engaging But I was surprised that there was no commentary on the rise of the Internet e–books and other recent players and developments But perhaps he was never of this age and had no empathy with it and it's opportunities

  6. says:

    I liked reading the book however it read like two different books in one While the first half is about TW’s personal life the second part of the book is almost exclusively about Waterstones as a business and its beginning as a start up I thought it would have been interesting to read about the ups and downs of starting a bookstore chain in the UK and TW’s personal dealings with it

  7. says:

    The first half the personal memoir was OK but the book got much interesting when we got to the setting up of Waterstone's and all that happened thereafterI would have preferred and longer second half if you can have a longer half

  8. says:

    I enjoyed the second part much than the first

  9. says:

    Interesting read about his childhood and then growing up but once he has created Waterstones it delves too deeply into business talk and uite a lot of anecdotes from his colleagues

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