Tim Waterstone – Oxford Literary Festival


April 4, 2019

2 pm

One of Britain’s best-known booksellers Sir Tim Waterstone explains what led him to open a bookshop and how he built it up into the business empire that it is today.

Waterstone looks back to his early years growing up in a small town at the end of World War II, his troubled relationship with his father, and the ‘epiphany’ he had while studying at Cambridge that led him to build the Waterstones bookselling business.

Waterstone worked at W H Smith for eight years before setting up Waterstones in 1982. The business has 250 stores in the UK and Europe and employs 3,500. Here he talks to BBC journalist Nick Higham, who was the BBC’s first ever media correspondent and, until recently, presenter of Meet the Author on the BBC news channel

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