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Shop Girl Diaries by [Benet, Emily]
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About the Author

Emily Benet was born in London to a Welsh mother and Spanish father. She moved to Barcelona at 13 where she won her first significant prize for writing and was published in a short story collection. After her studies she returned to South London and worked in her Mother's chandelier shop. It was amid the chaos of crystal beads and confused customers that she began her Shop Girl Blog. Her short stories have been selected for readings at Foyles Book Shop and are published online.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 519 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Emily Benet; 2 edition (18 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HY0CMGE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #303,186 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
If you're looking for a serious main course of a novel to digest, the sort of thing that gets short-listed for those heavyweight literary prizes, then you might want to skip this book, but if you want to sip a glass of literary sparkling wine after the heavy meal, then look no further.

Emily Benet's diary sparkles as brightly as the chandeliers in her shop. She should be made to move her shop around to every High Street in the country so we could all enjoy a retail treat with real customer service. Failing that, read the book. Lights, love, laughter, and a touch of writer's anguish are all dealt with in her breezy style. When is the sequel coming out? I loved it.
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This chunky little book is the perfect holiday read. Slip it into your flight bag or beach bag, and take it out in those odd moments when you are waiting for the waiter to fetch your chilled sangria. It's all in bite size portions, the very finger food of books, yet it will nourish your soul. There's humour, romance and people-watching, a flavour of London life as it is really lived, family and fun - oh and crystal-pinning. You can see if you like Emily's style by reading her blog Shopgirl.
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(In my best XFactor style)...
I don't like Shop Girl Diaries....
I LOVE IT!
Heartwarming, optimistic, romantic, very very funny.
I am half way through and already worrying about what on earth I will do when I don't know what is going on in Ms Benet's life on a daily basis.
I might have to go and buy a light a day, heaven forbid!
Ps. I now also want to buy a chandelier for my bathroom. And go Latin dancing. And work in a light shop. And be Spanglish...and so much more.
If you don't buy this book you are a fool. Do it, do it NOW!
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I had the pleasure of sharing a platform with Emily Benet at a literary festival last month and we swapped books. I'm glad we did!

"The Shop Girl Diaries" chronicles a year in Emily's life when she's working in her mother's chandelier shop in Bermondsey, blogging away, trying to write her first novel and get it published, and meeting and falling for "the date".

A number of larger than life characters come into the shop, some of them come to buy, but many more just come in and out to pass the time.

It's a fun read, it makes you smile and the diary format works well. Read it!
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I have been reading Emily's blog for over a year, and I am very pleased to be able to sit on a train, bus or sitting on the sofa and enjoy her wonderfully witty, funny stories of her life working in her mother's chandelier shop! There have many a times where I have found myself laughing out loud in public when reading her book!

A great gift for people who enjoy a funny read which everyone can relate to!
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I love books that make me smile. When I read a book and it makes me laugh out loud I know I won't forget either the story or the author. This is the case with Emily Benet's Shop Girl Diaries. It's an honest account of her desire to write and how she went about it. I was rooting for her from the start. Any anybody who writes knows, a degree of paranoia takes over. Will anybody read my work? Will anybody like my work? Will aliens come and steal all my work? See what I mean about the paranoia?

Emily shows her obsession with checking social media sites to see how many followers she's got. Probably every writer can identify with that. In between doing this she works in the family shop. The scenes she tells of here are priceless. The interaction between Emily and the customers had me literally crying with laughter. I used to work in a shop too and I felt her pain.

I also love the format of this book. It's easy to pick up and put down when you only have a few minutes to spare.

Emily is a very funny lady and I wish her all the best in her writing career. A well deserved five stars, Emily!
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I was originally lent the book by Emily's maternal grandmother, I thought 'O No' not another 'do it your self publication' After reading the first few chapters I was pleasantly surprised by the book. It was well written, humorous and gave me an insight into the life of a young girl working in her mother's shop, so much so that I bought the book and it now has a place on my book shelf.I still continue to dip into for some light reading. All I can say is well done Emily.
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