Summary

Young Mary Newton, born into a large Irish family in a small Watford semi, is always getting into trouble. When she isn’t choking back fits of giggles at Holy Communion or eating Chappie dog food for a bet, she’s accidentally setting fire to the local school. Mary is a trouble magnet. And unlike her brothers, somehow she always gets caught....
Britain in the 1970s is a world where R. White's lemonade is drunk in secret, curry comes in a box marked "Vesta", and beanz meanz Heinz. In Mary’s family money is scarce. Clothes are hand-me-downs, holidays are a church day out to Hastings, and meals are variations on a potato theme. But these are good times, and everything revolves around the force of nature that is Theresa, Mary’s mum.
When tragedy unexpectedly blows this world apart, a new chapter in Mary’s life opens up. She takes to the camp and glamour of Harrods window dressing like a duck to water, and Mary, Queen of Shops is born....
©2015 M. Portas LLP (P)2015 Random House Audiobooks
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1 out of 5 stars
By P. M. Thomas on 08-05-15

Disappointing but I will buy the next!

What would have made Shop Girl better?

I was hoping for a biography virtually right up to date but it finished abruptly in her early twenties.

What could Mary Portas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Nothing - it was a sincere story of her early life.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

She didn't - Mary gave a great performance.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to the next instalment.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Alison R Russell on 06-03-15

A story of tenacity in small chunks.

An autobiography written in unusual style, which took a little getting used to. A sparky child who had to grow up too quickly, but with a heart. A great trip down memory lane of 70s and 80s.

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