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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (18 Feb. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444711776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444711776
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,599 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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3.9 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Giarc on 4 Mar. 2011
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 By Book chatter on 27 Mar. 2011
Format: Paperback
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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By MasterReader on 24 Jan. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I had my problems with Ian. First I liked him, then I started to dislike him more and more, and in the end I was back to liking him.
Ian loves his job and he's happy with his girlfriend Emma, too, but work is work and private life is private life.
When Emma loses her job and finds a temp position in Ian's department, he hates it from the word go, but doesn't want to tell Emma how he really feels about her new job. Instead he decides, if he makes her office life a misery, she will quit herself.

Why he couldn't tell Emma, how he felt, is beyond me, as Emma comes across as rather laid back.
Some of his ideas are funny, others didn't work for me. To switch of the air conditioning on the hottest day of the year? That's not normally a switch which is in the middle of the office. And surely someone would have called the caretaker or a company to look after the problem sooner or later.
When all the little nasty things don't work and Emma still stays put with the job, Ian decides it's time for plan B. Get her sacked.
Actually, what he then comes up with had me and my collegues in stitches.

Anyway, the end of the story was OK, but I felt Ian changed a bit too quickly.
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By Freddie on 10 Feb. 2012
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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 little habits and rituals that he does every day. At work he jokes around and plays about, but at home he's a loving boyfriend to his girlfriend Emma. He is very supportive when Emma is made redundant and is all for helping her find a new job, but his work world is thrown off kilter when she lands a temp job at his office.

Ian is not happy with this, he has two totally different persona's Work Ian and Home Ian. He only wants Emma to know Home Ian, Work Ian is all for him. Ian tries hard to get Emma to leave of her own accord but when that doesn't happen he starts to hatch schemes that could be to the detriment of their very relationships. This is a great quick read and I won't say any more because I don't to give the game away, you need to buy it for yourself to see what happens.....!
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By KateyBobs27 on 2 Nov. 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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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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 cord. Same age, same things happening in my life and very funny. Guess I wanted to relive that enjoyment on my new Kindle. Its a short novel and great, good story, funny, light and easy to read. If you like manlit then recommended.
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By Velvet on 26 Jun. 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
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).The ending was disappointing and showed Emma as 'not being a Rules girl'. However, I love his page turning style, he is an enjoyable storyteller and I would recommend this book.
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Format: Paperback
Being small and all this book has still managed to tell the full story. And I liked it immensely!!!!!:-) and I relate strongly to the main character (not his actions though - those are hideous) even though he's a boy
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