You may well ask what a book about Supermarket folk has to do with theatre. Well, Phil Lowe has been super busy during the lockdowns writing a brand new book about his former ‘day job’ life working at a branch of Tesco on the meat and fish counters. It is now available to buy either as a paperback (£6.99 or Kindle £2.99) on Amazon. Phil has brought in his love of theatre and food into the often hilarious food world stories. Here is the back page blurb to give you a flavour of what it is all about. It is getting five star reviews even after one week on sale.
Humour, food and theatre writer, Phil Lowe, takes us on a dizzying tour of what it can be like to work in a British supermarket and, more specifically, behind the meat, fish, hot food and delicatessen counters. Complete with real-life stories from ex butcher Phil and many other former Tesco Extra Counters’ employees from around the UK, Supermarket Creatures will guarantee anyone who has ever shopped in or worked at a major supermarket, a bulging trolley full of laughs. The book includes more than a few juicy retail revelations and some funny and no-nonsense tales about the fresh food supermarket world. You can expect to find anecdotes about the habits of annoying customers; the silly things they do and say; shocking stories of supermarket theft; and expertly detailed descriptions of the day-to-day work on the counters. Phil’s fascinating Tesco related food blogposts, include and reveal, how he became the Tesco butcher in their television advert. Phil Lowe cleverly brings in his love of theatre and irrepressible wit to make Supermarket Creatures a unique set of human and relatable stories. Many of the supermarket counters may be gone now but they live on in this highly readable book.
A glowing 5* review by Rosalie Swain.
A ‘Must Read’ if you have ever shopped or worked in a supermarket.
It is very rare for me to put aside what I’m doing in the day, and finish off reading a book I started the night before. But this book completely captured my attention. Phil Lowe takes the reader on a hilarious journey, as he skilfully works on the meat and fish counters at Tesco. What an eye-opener! A super compilation of laugh out loud stories describing everything from awkward (and often dim) customers, to store thieves, management and customer nick-names. How the staff keep polite I will never know. Until I read this book, I hadn’t really thought about those people in supermarkets who work so hard and are so knowledgeable. This has completely changed my outlook. I have learnt a great deal about how a supermarket functions and when I next visit, I’ll certainly be looking more closely at the fish, meat and deli counters!