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Working It Out [Paperback]

Alex George
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Book Description

21 April 2010

Watch out Bridget Jones and Ally McBeal – Johnathan Burlip wants you to know his side of the story!

For Johnathan Burlip, solicitor and virtuoso shirt ironer, nothing is ever simple. Girlfriends, dysfunctional families, petulant bosses – all cause him grief and confusion. Marooned in modern London, Johnathan finds himself rudely ejected from the comfortable life of corporate lawyer, leaving him spinning out of control towards an undistinguished legal career in Finsbury Park, where the clientele and professional challenges are somewhat different. While he participates in a love story for our times, Johnathan is tormented on his journey by a chorus of politically correct parents, well-manicured mobsters, a bionic hamster and a cat with only one (curtailed) life.


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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; (Reissue) edition (21 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006513328
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006513322
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 13 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,904,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Alex George is a writer and a lawyer. He was born in England, but presently lives in the Midwest.

Worldwide rights for his novel, A GOOD AMERICAN, have been purchased by Amy Einhorn Books, an imprint of Penguin/Putnam. Publication is scheduled for February 2012. He is now hard at work on his new novel, provisionally entitled A HISTORY OF FLIGHT.

Alex has been named as one of Britain's top ten "thirtysomething" novelists by the Times of London, and was also named as the Independent on Sunday's "face to watch" for fiction in its Fresh Talent feature.

Alex read law at Oxford University and worked for eight years as a corporate lawyer in London and Paris. He moved to the United States in 2003, and re-qualified as a US attorney. He now runs his own law firm (when he's not writing.)

Alex has two children. His hobbies include listening to obscure jazz albums, playing his saxophone, and cooking (and eating) complicated meals.

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About the Author

Alex George is 28 years old, married and lives in London. He is a lawyer with Mishcon de Reya, who are actively supporting his career as a novelist, and in his spare time plays the saxaphone and writes restaurant and bar reviews for lawyers’ magazines.


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1.0 out of 5 stars Not a great read 31 Mar 2012
By Anon
Format:Paperback
Frankly... my teen could have written better.

The prose is weak, pretentious and repetitive. The plot is thin. There are clear reprehensible factual errors that scream out from the pages.

It isn't remotely funny, or clever.
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Format:Paperback
Who honestly imagines there is anything amusing in a man braining his girlfriend's cat (literally)with a frying pan or trying to drown a hamster in a toilet? It's not even well written either -or witty, like the author and the publisher obviously so fondly imagine, merely deeply unpleasant. I usually guard my English books jealously to reread them, books aren't so easy to come by here, but I couldn't wait to give this one away. I definitely won't be buying -or even looking at - one of Alex George's books again;
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thing of wonder and beauty 7 July 2000
Format:Paperback
I greatly enjoyed Mr George's book which I found to be perceptive, moving, and true. Alex George is that rare thing: a genuinely contemporary writer with an ability to combine bathos with an authentic insight into the human condition. I also found him to be an imaginative and considerate lover
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5.0 out of 5 stars Encore! 27 Dec 1999
Format:Paperback
Wonderful book. Read it in one sitting. Two chortles, one snicker and an outright gutbuster by page three. Friends of mine in London raved about it and when I discovered that it's not available yet in the States they actually sent me my own copy - and now I'm ordering copies for friends over here! If you like Fielding or Wodehouse, you will definitely enjoy this book. George's timing is flawless, his wit sharp though never acid, his plotting tight. But it is in his uncanny ear for the human voice that his work really shines: George's dialogue sings. Never declarative, his characters come to life by what we hear them say, not merely by what some disembodied narrator tells us about them. And he uses his formidable talent to entertain us with our own foibles. By laughing with his characters, he permits us to laugh at ourselves. In one hilarious scene, he completely skewers all that is most absurd about American corporate culture, and he does it with a few deft lines of dialogue which, I can assure you as an American, ring frighteningly true. Bravo.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I hope he's working on another one... 18 Oct 1999
Format:Paperback
Looking at the cover, you'd think animals figure heavily in Mr. George's book. Having quickly read through the first chapter, given the fate that befalls an unfortunate cat, I must admit I felt some trepidation about the immediate futures of the cute looking dog and hamster featured on the front cover. I needn't have worried too much. Suffice it to say that I wouldn't want to give the game away in what is an excellent, witty and free-flowing book that was hard to put down. The book is very more-ish and the fact that it didn't take long to finish was a testament to its infectious page turning addictiveness. Tolstoy it isn't - but it is a perfect outside-in-a-street-cafe-on-a-glorious-autumm-sunny-day type book. Come to think of it, we don't get many days like that do we? But then again, we don't get many gems like this one either... Brilliant.
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By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Finally, a male writer who has released his characters from the gender straightjackets created by Bridget Jones and Nick Hornby. WORKING IT OUT is a hilarious tale of one man trying to cling on to the trappings of his comfortable, middle-class existence while his professional life slides out of control. On the way down he learns a few indelible lessons. And he still (thank God) manages to get the girl (one of the few truly believable female characters around in contemporary commercial fiction). Johnathan and Kibby are real human beings, trying to work out how to survive in a mad world.
Alex George doesn't have to try to be funny, his quick, intelligent humour had me laughing out loud. A bloody good read. More please.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 20 Sep 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This was an EXTREMELY funny book. OK, so some of it was not perhaps in the best taste, but then it's rare to find something really funny that is! The writing is excellent - pithy, clever, and it made me giggle out loud. Some very good jokes, too, not to mention some painfully accurate caricatures of people we all know. I picked this up because of the cover, which intrigued me, and I'm glad I did! I haven't heard of Alex George before, but I shall be looking out for more of his books in the future. Brilliant - well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Please, sir, can I have some more? 14 Jan 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
WORKING IT OUT is a fantastically funny read. It's head and shoulders above its neighbours on the front tables in the bookshops right now. Alex George has created some memorable characters (and some superbly silly ones, including gangsters in gold lame and a heroic hamster), an entertaining plot, and a believable (but not sickening) love story. All in one book. Really. I absolutely loved it. Can't wait for the next one!
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