From the award-winning author of Déjà Vu comes Proper Job, a comic coming-of-age novel.
In Cornwall, Andy Carrick is trying to hold down a summer job before leaving for university. The crimp in his plan arrives in breathtaking form: Penelope Brown, heiress to the Brown's Ice-Cream empire. Before long, Andy finds himself in the surprisingly dangerous role of ice-cream man.
To reach university unscathed, he'll need to cope with his best friend Doogie, who might have taken a shine to Penelope, and his new boss, Big Jeff, whose belly shakes like a bowl full of jelly when he screams, "You're fired!" And then there's Old Boy, whose real name no one can remember.
Proper Job is a novel about a boy, a girl, long queues, dangerous driving, and a total eclipse of the sun.
Beach-time reading will never be the same again.
"By the end of the first chapter I was crying with laughter."
"I thoroughly enjoyed this book and laughed out loud frequently.
"The dialogue is brilliant as is the characterisation and every situation that our hero found himself in rang true."
"Real laugh out loud stuff."
"This is a really funny novel! Ian Hocking beautifully describes the awkwardness of being 17, with some wonderfully written passages that literally had me snorting with laughter - not a good look while sitting on the tube!"
"The pace fairly rattles along from one crazy situation to another, and I have to admit I literally LOLd many times, and what more could you ask from a comedy?"
"Warning: Do not read this book in a public space as you might get funny looks when you laugh out loud."
"Despite not having any time-travel in it, nor any credit-card-sized supercomputers, Proper Job is a funny, likeable tale that is easy to read and hugely enjoyable."
"As the man said - Proper Job!"