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Men at Work: Quick Read (Quick Reads 2011) [Paperback]

Mike Gayle
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18 Feb 2011 Quick Reads 2011

Ian Greening loves his job at the Department of Work and Pensions. It might not be the best paid job in the world but it gives him lots of scope for fun. He loves his girlfriend, Emma, too.

But when Emma is made redundant, and gets a temping job in Ian's office, he doesn't like it at all. Emma only knows Home Ian - and Work Ian is a different kettle of fish. Spending twenty-four hours a day together is too much of a good thing. But how can he tell her that without hurting her?

Ian comes up with a plan to get things back the way they were. But it puts his relationship at risk and forces Ian to decide which really matters most: the job, or Emma.

A sweet, funny novel about love and work.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (18 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444711776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444711776
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 12.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Previously an Agony Uncle, Mike Gayle is a freelance journalist who has contributed to a variety of magazines including FHM, Sunday Times Style and Cosmopolitan. He is the author of eight previous bestselling novels.

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Mike Gayle is brilliantly funny (Daily Mail)

Mike Gayle creates real, ordinary people with real ordinary lives who are so real and so believable that you mourn for them from the moment you finish reading. (Lisa Jewell)

What I love about Mike Gayle is the way he seamlessly blends humour and sensitivity - his books are always rip-roaringly funny, yet so humane too. (Freya North)

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Which matters more - your love life or your job?

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice, Short Story 4 Mar 2011
By Giarc
Format:Kindle Edition
If you've read Mike Gayle before then you already know what to expect. Told from the male point of view this is a not-too-serious look at what happens if your girlfriend starts working in the same office.

There's not much new here - the man has a cozy life, messes up, has an emotional revelation and it all comes good in the end. What makes all Gayle books interesting though is the obvious talent at writing warm, personable characters.

At 99p this is a genuine bargain and will suit Gayle regulars or is ideal if you're looking to get into a new author and want a 'taster'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit predicatble and twee 27 Mar 2011
Have you ever wondered what might happen if your partner suddenly started working in the same office as you? Particularly if you had a different persona at work to home and she only knew the latter. This is the book to read. Another in the 2011 Quick Read series, but too laddish and predicatble for me
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5.0 out of 5 stars He is Great 8 Jan 2014
By icmupps
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If you love Mike Gayle as i do this is a definite must read. a short but great story written in the Mike Gayle way. I enjoyed it right to the end. Would recommend
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4.0 out of 5 stars funny 26 Nov 2013
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laugh out loud funny Mike Gayle is a really funny guy. any time you need chearing up you only have to read one of his books.
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1.0 out of 5 stars DIS-A-PPOINT-ING 2 Nov 2013
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Oh Mike, what a let down this story was! I paid 1.99 for this, I read it in half an hour and groaned throughout it. Lacking in any development, no subtlety - what was actually a great concept was completely wasted. Even if I'd paid 99p for it I would still be annoyed. I am a fan of Mike Gayle, his other stuff is good, he should have saved this story for a full book.

Don't bother with this "story" readers, after all, he didn't.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 7 Aug 2013
By Warrik
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Not read this yet but know it will be good as I love this author. Book arrived fast and in perfect condition. Would recommend,
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2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 12 Jun 2013
By Bubble
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Boring uninspiring story. Boring boring boring boring. Not romantic, not funny, not sad, not anything. Should be called "the office clowns boring love life".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Guru of our age 25 Feb 2013
By Sean W
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Mike Gayle - continues to have a finger on the pulse of 20-40 year olds. Not been disappointed in any of his books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Men at Work - Mike Gayle
I like Mike Gayle books, and enjoyed reading this one. For a quick read book it was great, I would recommend it.
Published 19 months ago by Susan Grace
3.0 out of 5 stars Men at work
Great quick read, very funny. Another good story by Gayle, that keeps you hooked till the last page, a real page turner
Published 20 months ago by GP
5.0 out of 5 stars short but pleasing
Being small and all this book has still managed to tell the full story. And I liked it immensely!!!!! Read more
Published on 24 April 2012 by ms. blueberry pie
4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Mike Gayle - But still good
Not one of his best books. But good for people who have not read any of his books before. Still looking forward to reading more of his books though.
Published on 19 Feb 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Perceptive
Men at Work is a fantastic book and I related to it straight away as it happened to me. Ian Greening is quite happy in his easy job and loves the routine of it all, he has his... Read more
Published on 10 Feb 2012 by Freddie
4.0 out of 5 stars Had me chuckling
As ever a fun read, typical Mike Gayle. I found it funny although being a girl, it was a bit pass-the-sick bag at the cringeworthy romantic bits (and I write as a girl). Read more
Published on 26 Jun 2011 by Velvet
4.0 out of 5 stars Mike still on form
This was my first Kindle book purchase. Love the Kindle what a great product. I remember reading plenty of Mike Gayle's books when I was in my early thirties and they stuck a... Read more
Published on 5 May 2011 by cardiffdavies
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