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on 12 July 2014
Mr Phillips, a 50-something year old accountant, lives in suburban London with Mrs Phillips. They have two sons, and live a fairly routine life. Every weekday morning Mr Phillips gets up, gets ready for work and walks down the street to get the train into the office. There he works with his “horrible immediate boss Mr Mill” and his “horrible ultimate boss Mr Wilkins”. He is an active member of the Wellesley Crescent Neighbourhood Watch Association, and quite often has inappropriate dreams about his secretary at Wilkins & Co., Karen. But this morning is different – because Mr Phillips is not going to the office. Where he is going, and why is the story that unfolds for the reader.
We get to hear all about Mr Phillips and his life as thoughts experienced by Mr Phillips from the time he wakes up. There are a lot of random thoughts, and a lot of statistics and calculations that Mr Phillips (a man eager to use his accounting skills at any time) works out, and I did wonder at times what the point of the novel really was going to be; was there even any point? (Oh, now I sound like Mr Phillips).
I think by the end of it all Mr Phillips has realised that nothing in life is ever going to turn out quite how you might have expected it, and you might as well just head through each door as it comes to you. A pleasant and often humorous ramble through life as experienced by one middle-aged ordinary man.