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Here Today [Paperback]

Zoe Fairbairns
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23 Jan 1992
Antonia's life changes when she finds out that neither her husband nor the increasingly automated offices of London need her anymore. "Here Today" won the 1985 Fawcett Book Prize and is being reissued to coincide with the publication of the author's new novel "Daddy's Girls".

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Mandarin; New edition edition (23 Jan 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0749310731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0749310738
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 11.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,153,162 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This was written a few years ago as word processors were just being introduced into offices and many feared they would mean less jobs for women working as typists, secretaries etc.
Antonia and Catherine meet while registering for work in a temping agency called "Here Today". Antonia has been a temporary secretary all her life, Catherine is a middle class woman looking for office work after redundancy. Antonia likes not being committed to being a temp, whereas Catherine soon looks to unionise the women working like this for better pay and conditions. Reluctantly, Antonia becomes involved.
But life takes a very disturbing turn for both women, and they are forced to reexamine their preconceptions.
This is a very funny book. The plot is strange but the characters are brilliant, and although computers have changed temping, the description of the attitudes of those who run temping agencies is still very accurate now.
Also of interest to those who enjoyed Serena Mackesy's book "The Temp"
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'Here Today - Gone Tomorrow' 2 Feb 2014
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Winner of the Fawcett Book Prize in 1985, Zoe Fairbairns' novel focuses on Antonia, temp of the year at 'Here Today Agency', whose husband, Paul, has left her after discovering she has been unfaithful to him. Antonia has always enjoyed temping, preferring to spend no more than three weeks in a job - one week to learn the job, one to get used to the routine, and the third week to think about moving on - but now she is separated from Paul, she needs to think about earning money on a more regular basis. However, this is the 1980s and with the advent of word processors, office work is beginning to change and Antonia, who is wary of computers, is worried they will make many office workers redundant. With this fear looming over her and feeling abandoned by her husband, Antonia is starting to feel slightly under threat. Enter Catherine, an unemployed teacher working as a temp, who is trying to set up a union for temporary staff, with the aim of improving wages and working conditions and is keen to enlist Antonia's support. When Catherine discovers that an agency worker named Samantha has claimed to have been raped by a co-worker and then seems to have disappeared, Catherine is on a mission to find her. Thinking she has tracked Samantha down to a European holiday resort, Catherine makes plans to fly out and offer Samantha her support, but when an unexpected event prevents her leaving England, it is Antonia who has to race off on a mission of mercy. And when Antonia arrives at her destination, keen to play the part of detective, nothing works out quite the way she planned or hoped for... Read more ›
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