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Hardback 256 Pages / Published: 21/04/2016
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Claire Flannery has quit her job in order to discover her true vocation - only to realize she has no idea how to go about finding it. Whilst everyone around her seems to have their lives entirely under control, Claire finds herself sinking under pressure and wondering where her own fell apart. 'It's fine,' her grandmother says. 'I remember what being your age was like - of course, I had four children under eight then, but modern life is different, you've got an awful lot on.' Sharp, tender and funny, Lisa Owen's brilliantly observed debut Not Working is the story of a life unravelling and a novel that asks the questions we've never dared to say out loud.

"This book offers a form of catharsis for anyone who has felt that they are not quite doing their job right."  The Financial Times.

"Not Working establishes Owens as a funny, perceptive and entertaining new writer." The Daily Express

Publisher: Pan Macmillan
ISBN: 9781509806546
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 415 g
Dimensions: 222 x 142 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Lisa Owens is a comedy genius and a seriously skilful and beautiful writer. Not Working is so clever and original, pithy and poignant, capturing the voice of a bright, lost generation -- Emma Jane Unsworth, author of ANIMALS
I love Not Working. As close to the tenderness and funniness and uniqueness of real life as books get. It makes me feel like I did when I found Adrian Mole decades ago . . . It's really very rare, and very special -- David Whitehouse, author of MOBILE LIBRARY
Not Working is absolutely brilliant. Insanely funny but also moving and true. Lisa Owens is one of those writers on whom nothing is lost -- Nathan Filer, author of THE SHOCK OF THE FALL
Pin-sharp, utterly addictive * Vogue *
A deadpan comic debut for the procrastination generation * Guardian *
Full of crackling, voice-of-a-generation observations * Glamour *
Sharp and funny . . . exquisitely nails the sensation of being the only one in a group of friends who can't work out what life is supposed to be about * Stylist *
As insightful about the contemporary dilemmas facing young professionals as it is sharp, incisive and laugh-out-loud funny * Observer *
Piercingly observant and funny * Express *
Agenda-setting . . . Combining the honesty of Bridget Jones with the bang-on social observation of early Sex and the City, this nails it -- Sam Baker * The Pool *
If you're not trapped in the 9-5 office routine this is the book for you. If you're trapped in the 9-5 office routine and fantasising about quitting, this is the book for you. Lisa Owens' heroine, Claire Flannery, has been described as a very modern Bridget Jones. It's not a man that she's after, it's a job! Claire is funny, endearing and self-deprecating and her job-hunting sagas will strike a chord. If you're looking for a new job Not Working won't help you, but it will make you laugh out loud along the way. * Reader's Digest *
Get ready to LOL at Not Working, the dazzling debut from Lisa Owens * Look *
Very funny and very true, Owens totally nails that tricksy twentysomething period when you're yet to work out what the hell to do with your life * Glamour (10 Best Novels of 2016) *

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“Funny and clever....”

I must say that Lisa Owens is a comedy genius with this seriously clever and original novel tackling life in an extremely funny and tender way. We meet Claire who has just quit her job to discover what she really she... More

Hardback edition
21st March 2016
Helpful? Upvote 117

“Not Working is skilfully written, it's beautiful and it's so so honest. I love it.”

I have spent the past couple of days trying to smother my snorts of laughter as Lisa Owens describes in frighteningly accurate detail some of the things that flit through my brain on a regular basis. Most of us will... More

Hardback edition
30th April 2016
Helpful? Upvote 78

“The art of procrastination”

Claire leaves her job in order to find out what she really wants to do…procrastination ensues. She dithers around, trying to make sense of today’s bewildering world and what part she is supposed to play in it but her... More

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