An unlikely rags-to-riches story of a young supermarket girl who becomes a supermodel – the charm of the tale is in the telling. It fizzes along, the dialogue is perfectly alive, riveting stuff that turns dark in a most satisfying manner. He is the creator of Little Voice, a play which was filmed and which starred Jane Horrocks.
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 ...Joan on Cigs and Sweets reads all the horoscopes in all the papers first thing. She knows everyone's zodiac sign, so if she thinks there's something you should know she'll stop and whisper your stars in your ear as she passes your till. This morning she stopped at me.
'Change. Be prepared for it. Good fortune brought by someone dark' I said, 'I wish'.
She just nodded sagely and moved on.Maureen from behind said, 'Probably means when Sunbed Ida brings the change bags round'. A bittersweet story of a young Northern checkout girl's rise to fame, "Supermarket Supermodel" is prize-winning playwright Jim Cartwright's first foray into novel-writing. Bearing the hallmarks of his best loved plays, "The Rise and Fall of Little Voice and Road", this tale is an intoxicating mix of the dirty and the surreal, replete with assorted derelicts, drunks and fuck-ups, comic twists, and camp humour.
Brimming with cracking original Cartwright dialogue, this rollicking debut will delight his fans in all four corners of the world.
'A rollicking, sexy, pacy yarn' Guardian
'Fizzing, high-voltage...Cartwright is an intoxicating writer' Independent
'Funny, cheeky...full of cracking dialogue' Image
'Touching and funny' Observer
Publication date: 21/05/2009
Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
|Publication date:||21st May 2009|
|Publisher:||Transworld Publishers Ltd|
|Genres:||Debuts of the Month, Relationship Stories,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
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.More About Jim Cartwright