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Supermarket Supermodel [Hardcover]

Jim Cartwright
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14 July 2008
Sitting among the rows of tills in Supersafe supermarket in the North of England, the fortunes of a young checkout girl are on the brink of change … Joan on Cigs and Sweets reads all the horoscopes in all the papers first thing. She knows everyone’s zodiac sign, so if she thinks there’s something you should know she’ll stop and whisper your stars in your ear as she passes your till. This morning she stopped at me. ‘Change. Be prepared for it. Good fortune brought by someone dark’ I said, ‘I wish.’ She just nodded sagely and moved on. Maureen from behind said, ‘Probably means when Sunbed Ida brings the change bags round.’ A bittersweet story of a young Northern checkout girl’s rise to fame, Supermarket Supermodel is prize-winning playwright Jim Cartwright’s first foray into novel-writing. Bearing the hallmarks of his best loved plays, The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and Road, this tale is an intoxicating mix of the dirty and the surreal, replete with assorted derelicts, drunks and fuck-ups, comic twists, and camp humour. Brimming with cracking original Cartwright dialogue, this rollicking debut will delight his fans in all four corners of the world.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday; First Edition edition (14 July 2008)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0385607385
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385607384
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 14.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,969,176 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A bittersweet debut from the respected playwright. -- Bella

Cartwright's strength is in his dialogue and creation of character...the playwright in him...keeps the reader's interest alive. -- Times

Fast-paced, fresh and funny. -- Candis Book of the Month

Funny, cheeky...full of cracking dialogue. -- Image


Touching and funny.

Funny, cheeky...full of cracking dialogue.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The ups and downs of an ordinary Northern lass 25 Aug 2008
Linda Longbottom works on the checkouts at Safeshop. She has an ordinary and uninspiring life, living with her mother and dating Mark who works at the local cash and carry. That is, until she is spotted by Rafe. Rafe works for a modelling agency and before she knows it Linda has become `Crystalline' (she liked science at school) the next modelling sensation. At first Linda is a wide-eyed innocent but it doesn't take long before she begins to lose a sense of herself and it takes a steady steam of unlikely Guardian angels to set her back on track.

Jim Cartwright was the playwright behind `The Rise and Fall of Little Voice' and if you are familiar with and enjoyed play and subsequent film, you'll like `Supermarket Supermodel' too. This book isn't particularly realistic or plausible, but that doesn't matter in the light of such brilliant characterisation (I loved Bet, the wise cracking and mini skirt wearing neighbour!) The story is great and carries you along and the humour and gentleness never becomes sickly, a darker world is often hinted at.

This is a great read, as long as you're not expecting a gritty expose of the modelling industry. I'm glad Linda got her happy ending!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Cartwright gets under the skin 7 Nov 2008
This is a great read from a great writer; Cartwright brings characters to life in a way few others can. His Linda and her many encounters live and breath and you can hear them and even smell them through his writing!
This story like a great fairy tale takes an innocent character through grotesque experiences and emerges with a simple message of hope for all those from humble beginnings...but beware the path you choose in life as there are frightening consequences for the unwary. Cartwright never misses a beat as he tells the story in first person perspective; you know it is good because you even slip into her accent as you read!
What will he write about next?...I want to hear more and see more and experience more of his world and the intense characters that inhabit his mind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great read 9 May 2013
By Rachel
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I loved this book. it was alternately funny and frightening. Observations on the people and relationships in the supermarket section were spot on and made me crack up. The plot was a bit too fast for me though - didnt need quite as much 'adventure' - you can tell it was written by a man!!
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