Full of life, characters, gossip and all the richness of the local community
A compelling, full selection box of a story
One of the best books I've read of the immigrant experience in this country . . . it's the detail that makes it . . . a subtle, enjoyable book.
I loved it cover to cover.
A story of assimilation and triumph.
Sharma cleverly links her own memories of shop-bound life with the last 50 years of British history . . . How much we found out about you, says Sharma teasingly, as you dashed in for that last-minute bottle of wine.
Part memoir, part social history, The Corner Shop is a gentle, charming and at times poignant look at our nation of shopkeepers . . . human, accessible and informative; a nuanced exploration of part of British Asian life that has long been stereotyped - and therein lies this book's strength.
A delightful story of growing up "above the shop"
An evocative real-life account of her own British Asian family running (and living above) a Reading shop