Talk synopsis: From the general stores of the first half of the 20th century to the reimagined corner shops run by immigrants from India, East Africa and Eastern Europe from the 60s to the noughties, their influence has shaped the way we shop and the way we understand ourselves. Babita Sharma was raised in a corner shop in Reading, and over the counter watched a changing world, from the clientele to the products to the politics of the day. She gained a unique insight into an institution that, despite the creep of supermarkets and online shopping, has found a way to evolve and survive. The Corner Shop is the remarkable human story of these little institutions that have changed the course of history.
Speaker bio: Babita Sharma is a journalist, TV presenter and news anchor for the BBC. Babita has written a book on the history of the corner shop in Britain, due to be published by Two Roads in spring 2019. It follows her critically acclaimed documentary Booze, Beans & Bhajis: The Story of the Corner shop, broadcast on BBC Four, BBC News Channel and BBC World News.