Thorntons – My Life in the Family Business
autobiography of Peter Thornton, family business consultant and former Chairman of Thorntons Chocolates
Since its publication in October 2009, Thorntons – My Life in the Family Business has been attracting considerable praise from the media and has been selling consistently. Originally conceived as a novel, Peter Thornton was encouraged to present this dramatic tale as the true story that it is – a heart-wrenching story of a family at war with each other. But the book still reads as a novel, and has therefore attracted a much wider audience than a simple memoir ever could.
The launch event at Sheffield’s Off the Shelf Festival was many times over-subscribed, and since then, Peter has been busy meeting demands all over the country as a guest speaker.
This is Peter’s frank and honest story of his life; growing up under the thumb of his late-Victorian father in wartime Sheffield and Derbyshire, National Service in Malaya, learning the Thornton family business at his father’s knee and being thrust into it with hardly any preparation. Enfolded in his memoir is the story of the creation and building of one of Britain’s premier brands which was started in the booming steel-city of Sheffield in 1911 by a family that was immensely successful, but eventually destroyed in the process.
Nothing is held back, the good times, the bad times, the successes, the failures, the conflicts, the battles, the love affairs and the moments of high elation and deep depression. This is a tragedy of Shakespearian proportions!
Peter Thornton, Ex-Chairman of the family business tells this story with startling frankness: family betrayals, suicides and extra-marital affairs. The moral is that success and money can come at a horrible price even to one of Britain’s best-known brands.
392 pages plus 8 pages of illustrations
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