Fall and Rise of Pawnbroking revealed in new book


A new book has revealed the fall and rise of pawnbroking.

A new book has revealed the fall and rise of pawnbroking.

Written by the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) Chief Executive, Ray Perry, The Pawnbrokers: The Fall and Rise of Pawnbroking – which is now available from Amazon – highlights the rich history of the industry – from serving local communities to a pawn agreement directly leading to Columbus discovering the Americas!

Ray Perry said:

“21st century pawnbroking provides loans which can be more affordable than gaining credit from a high street bank. Today’s pawnbrokers are ethical and responsible lenders with an excellent and positive relationship with the regulator – the Financial Conduct Authority”.

“My book looks at the rich history which has led to the success story which is contemporary pawnbroking. From ancient pawnbroking in China 3000 years ago through to Queen Isabella of Spain pawning her jewellery which financed Columbus’ discovery of the Americas, the contribution pawnbroking has made to advances in society is clear”.

“I have also considered the philosophical and religious debates surrounding consumer credit and how these reflections impact upon attitudes towards the role of credit today”.

“In a few months’ time I will be stepping down as Chief Executive of the National Pawnbrokers Association to take up a new role”

“My passion for pawnbroking, though, will not end. I hope my book will be one key contribution to championing this critically important industry as the sector moves forward towards the 2020s. It is a good read for those in the industry, government stakeholders, bankers, police regions, social historians and the general public alike”.

The Pawnbrokers – The Fall and Rise of Pawnbroking by Ray Perry (£8.99) can be obtained from Amazon at http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Pawnbrokers-Fall-Rise-Pawnbroking/dp/1530021103/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_1

It is also available on Kindle





For more information, case studies, or to arrange interviews with Ray Perry, please contact James Watkins at james.watkins@thenpa.com or on 07765803582/020 7936 9496.


Notes for Editors

  1. The National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) was founded in 1892 and is the trade association representing pawnbrokers, from the large chains through to independents, in a £930m loan market growing year on year.  It is the authoritative voice of the pawnbroking industry in the UK. The NPA stands for expertise, fairness and transparency, professionalism and excellence. All our members are bound by our rules and a customer code of conduct. Pawnbroking is part of the credit industry and is regulated alongside banks and other lenders by the Consumer Credit Act 1974.