This book features the forgotten world of Wales' small-town shopkeepers...Tales of the Shopocracy follows the fortunes of one shopkeeping family through the profound social changes of the post World War Two years. Small, independently run shops were once a mainstay of every town in Wales, yet today, they are an almost forgotten sight. Defined by the values of the lower-middle class that emphasised decency, honesty, lip-service to Christianity, loyalty to King and Country, independence, and 'getting on' through hard work, it was in many ways a secure world for a child to grow up within. In Tales of the Shopocracy John Barnie looks back at his experience of this world, his father having kept a sweet and ice cream shop in Abergavenny for over forty years. It also plots his eventual rebellion against some of these middle-class values, and the sense of divided loyalties that this brought in its wake.
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John Barnie is one of Wales's most distinguished and respected literary figures, well known for both his creative and discursive abilities. He has published several collections of poetry, prose fiction and essays, most notably The King of Ashes which won a Welsh Book of the Year Award. Formerly editor of Planet, he lives in Comins Coch, Aberystwyth and performs with the bilingual poetry & blues group Llaeth Mwnci Madog / Madog's Moonshine.
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