Supermarket Supermodel

Supermarket Supermodel

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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 ...Linda works the tills at Safeshop. It's what everyone does. The grammar school girls get the careers; the comp girls get the two-bit college courses and the low wage jobs. But when model agent Rafe brings his disposable razors to Linda's till, he recognises the raw talent that could transform both their lives. Almost overnight, Linda becomes Crystalline, a supermodel catapulted onto the international stage. But in the blur of first class flights and flashy restaurants, will she begin to forget where Crysatline ends and Linda begins? The bittersweet story of a young checkout girl's rise to fame, this is prize-wining playwright Jim Cartwright's first novel. Bearing the hallmarks of his best-loved play, THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE and ROAD, this rollicking debut takes the reader on a journey from which there is no going back.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 368 pages
  • 127 x 210 x 24mm | 248g
  • Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Black Swan
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0552772194
  • 9780552772198
  • 2,061,003

Review quote

"Class act...a rollicking, sexy, pacy yarn" Guardian "Written in fizzing, high-voltage vernacular ... Cartwright is an intoxicating writer" Independent "Bold and brash, this playful Cinderella story is told with warm-hearted exuberance... Cartwright is adept at conjuring up vivid characters in a whizz-bang flash by giving them sparking, convincing dialogue." Daily Mail "The plot of SUPERMARKET SUPERMODEL is unlikely to the point of unbelievable, but it's meant to be...Cartwright's strength is in his dialogue and creation of character ...the playwright in him keeps the action moving along, and keeps the reader's interest alive" Times "Touching and funny" Observershow more

About Jim Cartwright

Jim Cartwright was born in Lancashire. He is the author of many prize-winning plays, including ROAD, BED, TWO, and THE RISE AND FALL OF LITTLE VOICE, which won the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award and the Olivier Award in 1992 and was made into the film LITTLE VOICE starring Jane Horrocks. His plays have been translated into 25 languages. This is his debut novel.show more

Review Text

"The plot of SUPERMARKET SUPERMODEL is unlikely to the point of unbelievable, but it's meant to be...Cartwright's strength is in his dialogue and creation of character ...the playwright in him keeps the action moving along, and keeps the reader's interest alive"show more

Back cover copy

Your chance can come, can change your life. If you take it. Take Linda, an ordinary girl working in a supermarket. Razzle dazzle, glamour, wealth are only for people in the celebrity magazines by her till. Then Chance comes to her checkout one day. From millionaires' yachts to murky back streets, it spins her off into an extraordinary life of fame, fortune and lost love. Ultimately, it will lead her to a transformation she can never have dreamed of, not only for herself but for all those who make the journey with her. Will you go, too? This life-affirming story is internationally acclaimed playwright Jim Cartwright's first foray into novel writing. Bearing all the hallmarks of his award-winning plays, Supermarket Supermodel is an explosive delight.show more

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'Written in fizzing, high-voltage vernacular...Cartwright is an intoxicating writer' Independent 'Touching and funny' Observer Linda works the tills at Safeshop. It's just what everyone does. The grammar school girls get the salaries; the comp girls get the low wage jobs. But when modelling agent Rafe brings his disposable razors to Linda's till, he recognises the raw talent that could transform both their lives. Almost overnight Linda becomes the supermodel, Crystalline. But in the blur of high life glamour, will she remember who she really is? Supermarket Supermodel is playwright Jim Cartwright's first foray into novel-writing. His bittersweet story of a young a check-out girl's rise to fame bursts with life, heartbreak and humour. 'Fast-paced, fresh and funny' Candis Book of the Month 'Cartwright's strength is in his dialogue and creation of character ...the playwright in him keeps the action moving along, and keeps the reader's interest alive' Times 9780552772198 www.rbooks.co.ukshow more

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34 ratings
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5 9% (3)
4 18% (6)
3 35% (12)
2 29% (10)
1 9% (3)
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