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.
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This book perfectly captures the middle class urban late twenties to thirties (of which I am regrettably one) who feel entitled to a greater purpose than they find in 9-5 and who whinge hopelessly about meaning and calling. Do not listen to this if you are inclined to shout 'stop it and grow up' at these people. Do listen if any of this rings a bell. This book made me howl with laughter throughout as so many elements of my life and my friends lives were laid bear. Stunningly observed. I also loved the style which is fragmented scenes - some long and coherent some short sentences creating a portrait of modern life. This was well performed and I couldn't stop listening. It won't be everyone's cup of tea but for those who recognize Claire and her friends far too well for comfort, it will be an absolute joy.
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Liked the story but abrupt ending n felt a bit rushed in last chapter. Quite a few one-liners were not necessary and I felt that these distracted the reader's focus.
It was like being in someone else's head! I felt such empathy for the character and found myself drawing similarities from my own thoughts that whizz about. Was shocked and saddened to discover it was finished. Would definitely recommend