A very British revolution: 150 years of John Lewis

To celebrate our 150th anniversary, we’re delighted to announce the publication of this commemorative book.

The book tells the story of the remarkable vision of John Spedan Lewis who transformed a clutch of Victorian department stores into our revolutionary, employee-owned business. It highlights our radical organisation, our approach to retailing, and the unique way that we treat both our Partners and customers.

The author has had access to our own substantial archive of photography and ephemera, and shows how the history of our business mirrors that of Britain as a whole. It traces the emerging consumerism of the Victorian world, through the social upheavals of the twentieth century into the globalised world of retailing today.

The hardback book is £20 and has 208 pages, including 250 colour Illustrations.

Jonathan Glancey is a critic, journalist and broadcaster. He was Architecture and Design correspondent of The Guardian from 1997 to 2012, and Architecture and Design Editor of The Independent from 1989 to 1997. His many books include New British Architecture, C20th Architecture, Lost Buildings, London: Bread and Circuses, The Story of Architecture, the best-selling Spitfire: a biography and Giants of Steam.

A very British revolution book cover