As her calling is found as a window dresser, Mary Portas recalls how troubles persisted in her family life at that time.
Mary Portas reads her moving and hilarious memoir of her early years.
Mary has finally found her calling as a window dresser at Harrods. Under Berge, the Armenian Rudolf Nureyev/Freddie Mercury look-alike who's known as Queen of the Store, she learns to create windows which will make dreams become reality and entice customers over the threshold into the magic kingdom.
She thrives in the frenetic, creative environment, but now that her dad has sold the family home to move in with his new wife, she's always desperate for money and lonely in her tiny flat.
Then, one night, her step mother turns up - with shocking news.
Read by the author
Abridged by Jo Coombs
Produced by Hannah Marshall
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 4
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