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Legacy by Thomas Harding

Legacy

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

Thomas Harding

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2 reviews

Category: History, Non-fiction
Imprint: William Heinemann Ltd
Publisher: Cornerstone
Publication date: 29 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9781785150883

this is a tour de force.' JULIA NEUBERGER'An impressively researched account.' ANNE KERSHEN'An astonishing story, beautifully and lovingly told.' ALLAN LITTLE A panoramic new history of modern Britain, as told through the story of one extraordinary family, and one groundbreaking company.

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5 stars out of 5
Caroline Sanderson
10 May 2019

"this extraordinarily rich and meticulously researched history of modern Britain is a tour de force"

I'll read anything Thomas Harding writes, but this extraordinarily rich and meticulously researched history of modern Britain is a tour de force. Harding tells the story of his maternal ancestors, refugees from the pogroms of Eastern Europe in the early 1800s. Lehmann Gluckstein and his family moved to Whitechapel and worked tirelessly to escape poverty, founding a small tobacco factory that grew to become the largest catering company in the world: J Lyons & Company, of Corner House fame. It's a paean to the immigrant contribution to our nation.

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3 stars out of 5
14 Aug 2019

"written with love, imagination and occasional (but glaring) historical inaccuracy"

Thomas Harding’s Legacy is not a social history of Britain told through the prism of J. Lyons, fabulous as such a book could be. It is, instead, a combination of family memoir and business history,

Thomas Harding’s Legacy is not a social history of Britain told through the prism of J. Lyons, fabulous as such a book could be. It is, instead, a combination of family memoir and business history, written with love, imagination and occasional (but glaring) historical inaccuracy by the author of two prize-winning popular histories. It is also a book in which Jewishness and themes of immigration and identity loom large.

written with love, imagination and occasional (but glaring) historical inaccuracy by the author of two prize-winning popular histories. It is also a book in which Jewishness and themes of immigration and identity loom large.