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  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (26 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1499278160
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499278163
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.7 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 878,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CALUM KERR is a writer, editor, Teaching Fellow in Creative Writing at the University of Southampton’s Winchester School of Art, and Director of the UK’s National Flash Fiction Day. His work has appeared in a number of places—online and in print—and was featured on BBC Radio 4’s iPM programme. He lives in Southampton with his wife, his stepson, two cats and a dog.

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By NEB on 20 July 2014
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If you enjoyed Calum Kerr’s Breaking Distance, the odds are you’ll enjoy his recent book, Lunch Hour. The premises of both books are the same: every flash-fiction-length chapter is set in the same place, at the same time. In Breaking Distance, every story occurred in a motorway service station at the moment someone dropped a tray. In Lunch Hour, every story revolves around the population of a single office during a single hour – the titular ‘lunch hour’.

This book has everything: romance and unrequited love, murder and mayhem, fraud, fantasy and philosophy, assassination, ambition and alien invasion. It’s a kind-of Torchwood meets Groundhog Day meets Sliding Doors meets The Office.

As it’s a flash-fiction collection, it’s a super-quick read. I raced through it in about 40 minutes. I say ‘raced’ because it’s a proper page-turner. Don’t let me give you the impression that it’s a superficial read though. Calum has a way of exposing his characters’ innermost conflicts that makes you feel as if you’ve known them all their lives, and he deals with some pretty big topics too: sexuality, prejudice, office politics, isolation, the daily grind, all manner of -isms and even the meaning of life.

5/5 – Amazing!
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It’s difficult to stop reading a book made up of such short stories as you get drawn along wanting to get on with the next one, so I didn’t really, pretty much finishing it in one sitting! I didn’t realise at first that these stories were linked but as the stories flowed, each one complete in itself, the underlying storyline developed showing a picture of an office at lunchtime and its occupants. People’s lives are always interesting yet so often we don’t know much about those who work next to us and this collection of flash fiction covers a wide range of the office workers and their thoughts and feelings. A delightful collection of very well written short stories, there is something here for everyone and I highly recommend this excellent read.
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I have read a lot of Calum Kerr's work and to be honest I think this is my favourite.The flash fiction pieces, obviously, take place during the lunch hour of the office workers in this collection. Most are about the ordinary-ness of people's lives, but Kerr manages to work in his usual leaning toward the slightly-less-ordinary. Excellent!
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A very entertaining collection of flash fiction. I loved the fact that they were all linked. They felt effortless & were easy to read.
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By cathy on 25 Jan. 2015
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Well written, short, snappy interlocking stories. A welcome change after some of the recent drivel encountered. Though why Amazon forces us to write a certain word count I'm not sure, I'd sooner be reading! :)
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