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Christina Foyle (1911June 8, 1999) was an English bookseller and owner of Foyles bookshop. 1911 (MCMXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... June 8 is the 159th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (160th in leap years), with 206 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Royal motto (French): Dieu et mon droit (Translated: God and my right) Englands location (dark green) within the United Kingdom (light green), with the Republic of Ireland (blue) to its west Languages English Capital London Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (mid... Foyles W & G Foyle Ltd. ...


Miss Foyle (as she liked to be called) started working at her father's bookshop (Foyles, on Charing Cross Road in London's West End) at age 17 after leaving a Swiss finishing school, and never left. The store, started in 1904 by her father, William Foyle, grew to 30 miles of shelves of books under her management. It was not known for modern practices and Miss Foyle did not allow books to be ordered over the telephone. Clerks were made to fill in all sales slips by hand. Charing Cross Road, London, looking North from its junction with Long Acre. ... A finishing school is a type of private school for girls that emphasizes cultural studies and prepares students especially for social activities. ... 1904 (MCMIV) was a leap year starting on a Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... William Foyle (1885–1963) co-founded Foyles bookshop in 1903 with his brother, Gilbert Foyle. ...


For 70 years she presided over Foyles lunches. Her idea for bringing readers, writers and thinkers together came after she recommended The Forsyte Saga to an elderly customer who was loooking for something to read on the train. The gentleman bought a copy. However he returned it to her a short time later with the words "For the young lady who liked my book — John Galsworthy." It has been suggested that Soames Forsyte be merged into this article or section. ... John Galsworthy (August 14, 1867 – January 31, 1933) was an English novelist and playwright. ...


Miss Foyle met many leading literary and political figures over her life. Her collection of personal correspondence included a letter from Adolf Hitler, responding to her complaint about Nazi book-burning. Her literary friends included Kingsley Amis, Charles de Gaulle, D.H. Lawrence, Yehudi Menuhin, J.B. Priestley, George Bernard Shaw, Margaret Thatcher, Evelyn Waugh and H.G. Wells. (April 20, 1889 – April 30, 1945) was Chancellor of Germany from 1933 and Führer (Leader) of Germany from 1934 until his death. ... National Socialism redirects here. ... Many readers find an image of burned books provocative. ... Sir Kingsley William Amis (April 16, 1922 – October 22, 1995) was an English novelist, poet, critic, and teacher. ... Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle ( ) (22 November 1890 - 9 November 1970), in France commonly referred to as le général de Gaulle, was a French military leader and statesman. ... D. H. Lawrence David Herbert Lawrence (11 September 1885 - 2 March 1930) was one of the most important, certainly one of the most controversial, English writers of the 20th century, who wrote novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel books, and letters. ... Yehudi Menuhin album cover The Right Honourable Yehudi Menuhin, Baron Menuhin, OM, KBE (April 22, 1916 – March 12, 1999) was an American-born violinist, violist, and conductor who spent most of his performing career in the United Kingdom. ... John Boynton Priestley (September 13, 1894, Bradford, England - August 14, 1984, Stratford-upon-Avon) was a British writer and broadcaster. ... (George) Bernard Shaw (July 26, 1856 – November 2, 1950) was an Irish playwright and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925. ... Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, PC, FRS (born 13 October 1925) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. ... Evelyn Waugh, as photographed in 1940 by Carl Van Vechten Arthur Evelyn St. ... H. G. Wells at the door of his house at Sandgate Herbert George Wells (September 21, 1866 - August 13, 1946) was an English writer best known for his science fiction novels such as The War of the Worlds and The Time Machine. ...


She managed to keep Foyles alive while many other bookshops were closing under the growing pressure from online booksellers and kept it going even when Tim Waterstone opened his first shop right next door. Gower Street branch Simpsons of Piccadilly, now a branch of Waterstones Waterstones is a United Kingdom based chain of bookshops. ...


Christina Foyle was related to Charles Henry Foyle, inventor of the "folding carton" and founder of Boxfoldia. Screenwriter Anthony Horowitz has said that Foyle was the namesake for the title character, Christopher Foyle, in the ITV series Foyle's War. Charles Henry Foyle was the inventor of the folding carton and founder of Boxfoldia a Birmingham, UK company that was finally sold in 2003. ... Anthony Horowitz (born April 5, 1955) is a British author and television scriptwriter. ... ITVs Logo 2006—present Independent Television (ITV) is the name given to the original network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up to provide competition to the BBC. In England and Wales, the channel has been rebranded to ITV1 by ITV plc, the owners of the broadcasting licences for... Foyles War is a British detective television series. ...


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Christina Foyle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (327 words)
Christina Foyle (1911–June 8, 1999) was an English bookseller and owner of Foyles bookshop.
Miss Foyle (as she liked to be called) started working at her father's bookshop (Foyles, on Charing Cross Road in London's West End) at age 17 after leaving a Swiss finishing school, and never left.
Christina Foyle was related to Charles Henry Foyle, inventor of the "folding carton" and founder of Boxfoldia.
Foyles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (371 words)
Foyles was once listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's largest bookshop in terms of shelf area and number of titles on display.
However, after the death of owner Christina Foyle in 1999 and the passing of ownership to her nephew Christopher, Foyles' shop and practices have been modernized.
Foyles is also known for its literary luncheons which have been held since 1930.
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