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Shelf Life Hardcover – Large Print, 3 May 2010
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‘Our Einstein of the aisles’
‘With this book Simon Parke has managed to do something remarkable. He has taken the ostensibly "ordinary" world of a supermarket and turned it into an entertaining classroom where we can learn important lessons, whilst having fun at the same time. A great read.’
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A warm and witty look at urban life, and what it means to be alive. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product description
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Having worked in a supermarket myself I found this book fascinating and very true to life. Drawing a moral from each story might seem a little pious but Simon Parke's writing style and his self deprecating humour lifts it onto another plain entirely. I loved the supermarket workers themselves - Winston, Sapphy, Faith, Caspar and the managers Pinochio - because he never tells the truth, Kong - because he looks like the film character. All have their own hopes and fears and outside interests. Together the staff are from the four corners of the world and many different religions but in the main they work together reasonably harmoniously.
This is an interesting little book and easy to read and it may just make you see your life differently. I enjoyed it.