The King Of Sunlight

The King Of Sunlight

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One of the most extraordinary men ever to leave his mark on Britain was William Hesketh Lever - soap-boiler, social reformer, MP, tribal chieftain, multi millionaire and Lord of the Western Isles. He held beliefs far ahead of their times - the welfare state, votes for women, workers' rights - but he also believed the world's problems could be solved by moving populations from country to country, that ballroom dancing could save the soul and the only healthy way to sleep was outdoors in the wind and the rain. In this hilarious and touching journey Adam Macqueen traces Lever's footsteps from his humble Bolton boyhood to a business empire that straddled the world, shining a spotlight on a world long gone and asks: Where does philanthropy stop and social engineering begin? Is it right for an employer to dictate how his workers spend their weekends? And why would a multi millionaire with half a dozen homes and property on four continents choose to sleep on the roof...?show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 24mm | 281.23g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Corgi Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Illustrations (some col.)
  • 0552150878
  • 9780552150873
  • 899,977

About Adam Macqueen

Adam Macqueen has at various points in his career cleaned toilets, packed mail-order baldness cures, led canoeing holidays for teenage drug addicts, toured Europe in the worst production of Richard II in history and been one of those people answering the phones in the background during Watchdog, before settling on journalism as a profession. He has written for a number of newspapers and magazines, edited the Big Issue, and currently works for Private Eye. He is currently working as a freelance feature writer and appears regularly on Sky television.show more

Review Text

"Written with wit and verve, managing to be both inspirational and a cautionary tale"show more

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One of the most extraordinary men ever to leave his mark on Britain was William Hesketh Lever - soap-boiler, social reformer, MP, tribal chieftain, multi millionaire and Lord of the Western Isles. He held beliefs far ahead of their times - the welfare state, votes for women, workers' rights - but he also believed the world's problems could be solved by moving populations from country to country, that ballroom dancing could save the soul and the only healthy way to sleep was outdoors in the wind and the rain. Adam Macqueen traces Lever's footsteps from his humble Bolton boyhood to a business empire that straddled the world, and shines a penetrating spotlight on a world and a set of beliefs long gone.show more

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