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Shelf Life: How I Found The Meaning of Life Stacking Supermarket Shelves

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    Available in PDF - DJVU Format | Shelf Life: How I Found The Meaning of Life Stacking Supermarket Shelves.pdf | Language: ENGLISH
    Simon Parke(Author)

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The day I was appointed Chair of the shop union was the same day the Pope was elected. There the similarities end, however. For while his elevation took place beneath the fine art of the Sistine Chapel, with the mysterious white smoke rising, mine took place in the cold store, with nothing more mysterious than the bacon delivery and yesterday's waste...

A vicar for twenty years, Simon Parke trades in his dog collar for a job on the tills in his local supermarket. Among the vegetable aisles and dairy produce he unpacks the meaning of life with his fellow workers, a colourful bunch. Sonny the security guard hates conflict; shelf-filler Winston knows he is destined for something better; and voluptuous Faith is generous with her wares - but sadly not with Simon. You don't have to be off your trolley to work there, but it helps...

From checkout charlies to banana rage, from short-changed lows to cold store highs, Shelf Life is a pick-n-mix of wit and wisdom for anyone who loves life and hopes for more - no matter where they find themselves.

"Our Einstein of the aisles" --This text refers to the Digital Download edition.

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Book details

  • PDF | 256 pages
  • Simon Parke(Author)
  • Rider (2 July 2009)
  • English
  • 8
  • Biography

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  • By Trumpet on 8 August 2010

    This is a superb book. Simon Parke felt compelled, after 20 years, to give up his job of Parish Priest, but found the only place willing to take him on was a supermarket on their shopfloor. From this unpromising and potentially gloomy starting point, Parke manages to craft a book that is full of insight, humour, wisdom, and poignancy. It has a wonderful lightness of touch, very funny lines and observations, and utterly convincing character portraits as we become acquainted with his colleagues and regular customers. It's a very revealing insight into the workings of our major supermarkets - his trip to the gleaming headquarters to represent a colleague in a tribunal particularly harrowing in its contrast with the working environment of those facing the customers on the front line. It's deceptively simply written, completely without pretension, yet in gently reminding us of the consumer age in which we live, extremely salutory. Thoroughly recommended.

  • By Linda on 7 March 2013

    This book is great for delivering pearls of wisdom amongst entertaining anecdotes. I have actually already started reading it again!

  • By Bev Southend Essex on 29 June 2013

    A funny book to read, esp. for those who have worked in a supermarket, how very true the things that go on in the opening hours.

  • By Mrs. E. G. Parke on 10 October 2009

    Most types of men and women wander down the aisles. Some come to buy and some serve, often reluctantly. They come with other matters on their minds, some tragic, some merely mundane, some only interested in the profit motive. But all are important to them. Most of the people we meet are introduced sympathetically;just a few confirm our fears about supermarkets. As a penetrating insight into life in a supermarket this could not be bettered. The seemingly endless shelves stacked with all life's wants take on a new meaningViola Magnifico F1 Hybrid

  • By Andy on 17 February 2015

    Looks good - will read first before review - bis I've seen are funny

  • By Craig Bishop on 24 October 2014

    This book was readable, even gentle amusing in parts

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