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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Black Swan (13 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552775657
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552775656
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 380,788 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Prepare to giggle your way through this witty, brilliantly crafted comic novel" (Heat)

"Had me doubled up in pain. For good reasons... You'll struggle to find a book with as many guffaws as this all year" (Denofgeek.com)

"A stinging satire... Beaumont's dry wit and pithy writing will have readers laughing out loud" (Publishers Weekly)

"Belly achingly funny... Like most offices, there are geeks, bitches, bullies and some show-off yearning for Reality TV fame. You should definitely buy this book" (69 Magazine)

"One of those books you have to read... It's very funny" (Adland Suit)

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A hilarious and very modern novel about life, work and relationships from the bestselling author of E

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. Cunningham on 19 Aug. 2009
Format: Paperback
Matt Beaumont has wowed again with a fantastic follow up to the original E, E2 is edgier than its predecessers and a simply hilarious read. All of the memorable characters of E and E before Christmas are back and are acompanied buy a variety of equally disfunctional primadonnas and sociopaths. This is essntial reading for anyone with a naughty sense of humor. Simply fantastic and well worth the wait.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Raym on 11 Sept. 2012
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Being the worlds biggest E Fan ever (well in my humble opinion anyway!) I was surprised, delighted (and not a little annoyed with myself for not knowing earlier) that Matt Beaumont had written a follow up to E.

I have re-read E possibly more then 30 times, yes sad I know...Im an avid reader, at least one book per week is consumed by me so whenever I need a fill in or a laugh, something silly but interesting to read; then E it is. I did worry if E Squared would come up to scratch as the bar is so high for me, such is my love of this book. But I need not have worried, although I cant say that it made me laugh until I nearly pee'd my pants (yes E truly did have that deeeelightful affect on me!!) it certainly made me chuckle all the way through and wonder how any of the people of Meerkat360 managed to keep a job. Just like the reprobates of Millar Shanks do each time I go back to E.

Anyway, basically this book is about an Ad agency, but its all told by either Email or text etc. The style of writing at times may confuse some, but once you are used to it the book trips along at a great pace and you wont be stuck for laughs along the way.

I have thought often over the yrs that Matt Beaumont is very underrated as a writer - I only chanced upon E by luck when rooting through a charity shop one day - not a place my copy will EVER end up Im afraid - Ive just ordered Small World and Im hoping that too is as good a read, he deserves more recognition for this work. So as far as this book and E is concerned; no it wont ever win awards for classic literature but its fun, doesnt take itself too seriously and a damn good read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DOPPLEGANGER TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 April 2011
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I also have the previous novel on this theme by Matt Beaumont "e - a novel" and as my review shows it was one of the funniest novels that I had ever read. It was incredibly well conceived, and put together, reflecting, admittedly exaggeratedly, situations found in many offices, but painted with a comedic brush, which could be related to by virtually everyone who has worked in an office and seen the machinations, romances, naked ambition, skulduggery, office politics, and downright stupidity that is a feature in just about every office in the land. So accurate and real were the characterisations, that you felt that you had met many if not all of the characters already in your working career.

However, "E Squared" didn't quite give me the same level of enjoyment, and whilst it was not a bad read, it lacked a little something. "E - a novel", was very much orientated towards the activities of the Advertising Agency, whereas this book tends to concentrate more on matters outside of the Agency and on quirky personal issues. I found the electronic chatter going on beyond the E mail flow, eg MSN, not to be relevant to the strength or humour of the story, and frankly somewhat superfluous, and without which would have not affected the story and would have compacted the book into a more readable and interest sustaining length.

There are some really funny running gags, such as the automatic and seemingly uncorrectable e-mail signature, and the EBay 'For Sale' notices following thefts of a multitude of expensive items ie. Champagne, Top of the range colour photocopier etc. that were being nicked to try and settle one executives gambling debts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. L. Rutter on 15 Jan. 2010
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E2 is a loose sequel to E - we pick up with some of the characters about eight years after the events of E. These characters include David Crutton (MD Extraordinaire), Liam O'Keefe (Advertising Wide Boy) and Susi Judge-Davis (Moronic and Overly-sensitive PA - who is now triple barrelled and sort of related to JP Gaultier). In this book, as well as emails, Beaumont has added in blogs, ebay entries, and text messages to show the communication between each of the characters.

The basic story (beneath the goings-on that fill up the rest of the plot) is that David Crutton is going through marriage/kid problems; and Liam O'Keefe is struggling with mounting debts.

I had a blast reading E and, superficially, also enjoyed this sequel, but I feel I am unlikely to read it again because it was just so far-fetched. I mean, E was also pretty unrealistic, but this takes it even further.

We have a character who is constantly absent from the office on courses; Harvey Harvey who responds to spam email as though it is for real (and ends up travelling to Nigeria); a character so scared of flying that, through a series of bizarre incidents, ends up being arrested as a member of Al Quaeda (despite being Jewish); and so on.

Some parts of the novel are genuinely funny - I love Roisin the hard-nosed and foul-mouthed receptionist, and Dotty (David's PA) is so dense it becomes amusing. In fact, the bitchy PAs are the best part of this book.

However, Beaumont does not hit the right note with other parts of the book - Neil Godley (the twin brother of Nigel, from E) is boring, rather than a character you can instantly recognise from your own office; Liam's thefts become farcical rather than funny; and the Big Brother subplot is genuinely ridiculous.

It is diverting enough and a very quick read, but not on a par with E. Pretty disappointing.
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