Shop Girl [botw]

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012015022320150224 (R4)

Mary Portas recalls giggling at Holy Communion and playing pranks on her teachers.

012015022320150224 (R4)

Mary Portas recalls giggling at Holy Communion and playing pranks on her teachers.

0120150223

012015022320150224 (R4)

Mary Portas recalls giggling at Holy Communion and playing pranks on her teachers.

012015022320150224 (R4)

Mary Portas recalls giggling at Holy Communion and playing pranks on her teachers.

0120150223

0120150223

Mary Portas reads her moving, funny account of growing up in a large Irish family in a small Watford semi in the 1970s.

Young Mary is always getting into trouble. When she isn't choking back fits of giggles at Holy Communion, or playing pranks on her teachers, she's gluing together cardboard boxes with her mum and dad to win youth club competitions dressed as a pack of Player's No. 6.

In Mary's house, money is scarce and space is tight. But these are good times and everything revolves around the force of nature that is her mum.

Mary's dad is a tea salesman and she loves tagging along on his sales calls to independent shops, selling everything from Chappie dog food and Heinz soups to Homepride flour and Kellogg's Corn Flakes. And even as a six-year-old, the girl who will one day be known as "Mary Queen of Shops" knows there is a world enclosed in the four tiny letters of the word 'shop'.

Read by Mary PortasAbridged by Jo Coombs

Produced by Hannah Marshall

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

0120150223

Mary Portas reads her moving, funny account of growing up in a large Irish family in a small Watford semi in the 1970s.

Young Mary is always getting into trouble. When she isn't choking back fits of giggles at Holy Communion, or playing pranks on her teachers, she's gluing together cardboard boxes with her mum and dad to win youth club competitions dressed as a pack of Player's No. 6.

In Mary's house, money is scarce and space is tight. But these are good times and everything revolves around the force of nature that is her mum.

Mary's dad is a tea salesman and she loves tagging along on his sales calls to independent shops, selling everything from Chappie dog food and Heinz soups to Homepride flour and Kellogg's Corn Flakes. And even as a six-year-old, the girl who will one day be known as "Mary Queen of Shops" knows there is a world enclosed in the four tiny letters of the word 'shop'.

Read by Mary PortasAbridged by Jo Coombs

Produced by Hannah Marshall

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

0220150224

022015022420150225 (R4)

It is 1974, and Mary is throwing herself into a world of flares, Marc Bolan and glam rock.

022015022420150225 (R4)

It is 1974, and Mary is throwing herself into a world of flares, Marc Bolan and glam rock.

0220150224

022015022420150225 (R4)

It is 1974, and Mary is throwing herself into a world of flares, Marc Bolan and glam rock.

022015022420150225 (R4)

It is 1974, and Mary is throwing herself into a world of flares, Marc Bolan and glam rock.

0220150224

0220150224

Mary Portas reads her moving and hilarious memoir of her early years.

It's 1974 and the world is changing. Glam-rock boys who look like girls are wearing silk and glitter on Top of the Pops, and even in Watford chicken chow mein is all the rage and Oxford bags are making an appearance on the market stalls.

For the young Mary Portas, life is full of opportunity which she'll seize as soon as she's old enough for a Saturday job. She's never happier than when she's singing along to David Bowie songs with her brothers and sister, with backcombed hair and fuchsia eye shadow.

Her mum, a stickler for the rules when it comes to school and church, is happy to encourage her children's self-expression. But this world of chaotic creativity is blown apart when Mary's mother is taken seriously ill.

Read by the author

Abridged by Jo Coombs

Produced by Hannah Marshall

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

0220150224

Mary Portas reads her moving and hilarious memoir of her early years.

It's 1974 and the world is changing. Glam-rock boys who look like girls are wearing silk and glitter on Top of the Pops, and even in Watford chicken chow mein is all the rage and Oxford bags are making an appearance on the market stalls.

For the young Mary Portas, life is full of opportunity which she'll seize as soon as she's old enough for a Saturday job. She's never happier than when she's singing along to David Bowie songs with her brothers and sister, with backcombed hair and fuchsia eye shadow.

Her mum, a stickler for the rules when it comes to school and church, is happy to encourage her children's self-expression. But this world of chaotic creativity is blown apart when Mary's mother is taken seriously ill.

Read by the author

Abridged by Jo Coombs

Produced by Hannah Marshall

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

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032015022520150226 (R4)

Still reeling from her mother's death, 18-year-old Mary Portas must keep her family going.

Mary Portas reads her moving and hilarious memoir of her early years.

Mary's family is reeling from the death of her mother - the core of their busy, chaotic, happy household. Her unexpected loss has sent them spinning in different directions, each lost in their own grief.

Her dad has crumpled and Mary knows she must be the one to stop everyone falling into the chasm which has opened in the family. So she juggles A-Levels and RADA auditions with cleaning and comforting her teenage brother.

Will her new responsibilities leave any room for her own theatrical aspirations?

Read by the author

Abridged by Jo Coombs

Produced by Hannah Marshall

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

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042015022620150227 (R4)

Mary Portas reads her moving and hilarious memoir of her early years.

Ten months after her mother's sudden death, Mary's dad is finally beginning to emerge from his grief. At the Widows' and Widowers' Club, his brylcreemed hair and Night Fever dance moves prove attractive - soon he's bringing his new girlfriend Rebecca to meet the family.

Mary has started a course in 'visual merchandising' at the local college, but she knows her future doesn't lie in anything as mundane as shops - she spends her nights at the Roxy in Soho listening to Siouxsie Sioux and the Banshees, The Clash and The Jam, and craves drama and excitement.

Then, one work experience at Harvey Nichols, she begins to see that shop windows can be as theatrical as any stage. They are a performance, a fantasy landscape where anything could be played out.

But just as Mary starts to see a future for herself and an outlet for her talents, the foundations of her life are pulled from beneath her when her father announces his intention to sell the family home and move in with Rebecca.

Read by the author

Abridged by Jo Coombs

Produced by Hannah Marshall

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

042015022620150227 (R4)

Mary Portas reads her moving and hilarious memoir of her early years.

Ten months after her mother's sudden death, Mary's dad is finally beginning to emerge from his grief. At the Widows' and Widowers' Club, his brylcreemed hair and Night Fever dance moves prove attractive - soon he's bringing his new girlfriend Rebecca to meet the family.

Mary has started a course in 'visual merchandising' at the local college, but she knows her future doesn't lie in anything as mundane as shops - she spends her nights at the Roxy in Soho listening to Siouxsie Sioux and the Banshees, The Clash and The Jam, and craves drama and excitement.

Then, one work experience at Harvey Nichols, she begins to see that shop windows can be as theatrical as any stage. They are a performance, a fantasy landscape where anything could be played out.

But just as Mary starts to see a future for herself and an outlet for her talents, the foundations of her life are pulled from beneath her when her father announces his intention to sell the family home and move in with Rebecca.

Read by the author

Abridged by Jo Coombs

Produced by Hannah Marshall

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

042015022620150227 (R4)

As Mary's father emerges from his grief, how will his new romance affect the family?

Mary Portas reads her moving and hilarious memoir of her early years.

Ten months after her mother's sudden death, Mary's dad is finally beginning to emerge from his grief. At the Widows' and Widowers' Club, his brylcreemed hair and Night Fever dance moves prove attractive - soon he's bringing his new girlfriend Rebecca to meet the family.

Mary has started a course in 'visual merchandising' at the local college, but she knows her future doesn't lie in anything as mundane as shops - she spends her nights at the Roxy in Soho listening to Siouxsie Sioux and the Banshees, The Clash and The Jam, and craves drama and excitement.

Then, one work experience at Harvey Nichols, she begins to see that shop windows can be as theatrical as any stage. They are a performance, a fantasy landscape where anything could be played out.

But just as Mary starts to see a future for herself and an outlet for her talents, the foundations of her life are pulled from beneath her when her father announces his intention to sell the family home and move in with Rebecca.

Read by the author

Abridged by Jo Coombs

Produced by Hannah Marshall

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

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0520150227

052015022720150228 (R4)

Mary Portas has finally found her calling as a window dresser at Harrods.

0520150227

0520150227

Mary Portas reads her moving and hilarious memoir of her early years.

Mary has finally found her calling as a window dresser at Harrods. Under Berge, the Armenian Rudolf Nureyev/Freddie Mercury look-alike who's known as Queen of the Store, she learns to create windows which will make dreams become reality and entice customers over the threshold into the magic kingdom.

She thrives in the frenetic, creative environment, but now that her dad has sold the family home to move in with his new wife, she's always desperate for money and lonely in her tiny flat.

Then, one night, her step mother turns up - with shocking news.

Read by the author

Abridged by Jo Coombs

Produced by Hannah Marshall

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.

0520150227

Mary Portas reads her moving and hilarious memoir of her early years.

Mary has finally found her calling as a window dresser at Harrods. Under Berge, the Armenian Rudolf Nureyev/Freddie Mercury look-alike who's known as Queen of the Store, she learns to create windows which will make dreams become reality and entice customers over the threshold into the magic kingdom.

She thrives in the frenetic, creative environment, but now that her dad has sold the family home to move in with his new wife, she's always desperate for money and lonely in her tiny flat.

Then, one night, her step mother turns up - with shocking news.

Read by the author

Abridged by Jo Coombs

Produced by Hannah Marshall

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4.