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....
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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.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful