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The Corner Shop

Shopkeepers, the Sharmas and the Making of Modern Britain
Narrated by: Babita Sharma
Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
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Summary

Britain is a nation of shopkeepers, and the story of corner shops is the story of who we are.  

From the general stores of the first half of the 20th century (one of which was run by the father of a certain Margaret Thatcher) to the reimagined corner shops run by immigrants from India, East Africa and Eastern Europe from the '60s to the noughties, their influence has shaped the way we shop, the way we eat and the way we understand ourselves.

Babita Sharma was raised in a corner shop in Reading and over the counter watched a changing world, from the clientele to the products to the politics of the day. Along with the skills to mop a floor perfectly and stack a shelf, she gained a unique insight into a changing world - and an institution that, despite the creep of supermarkets, online shopping and delivery, has found a way to evolve and survive. The Corner Shop is the remarkable human story of these little institutions that have changed the course of our history.

©2019 Corner Shop Media Limited (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

Critic reviews

"Full of life, characters, gossip and all the richness of the local community." (Sir David Jason) 

"A compelling, full selection box of a story." (Sanjeev Kohli)  

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Delightful and informative

A delightful and charming review of both the corner shop and recent social history from an unlikely perspective. Perceptive and informative. Excellent commentary.

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  • Vikram
  • 26-06-19

Interesting

Nice story about a Corner Shop and the view of try world from a totally ignored angle.
From now on, I will pay more attention to my Corner Shop for sure wondering what part do I play in their story.
Babita Sharma, has shared her life and her secrets, which feel so close to heart.
I recommend this book.