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on 4 April 2016
I read a more recent book by the author some years ago, Lexicon, and really liked it. I thought this book looked like a good read. The premise of the ‘inside’ view of the modern workplace has been utilised to comic effect by other authors, to my recollection most notably in ‘e’ and ‘e2’ by Matt Beaumont.
In this book, we join Stephen Jones, as he starts his new role at Zephyr Holdings. He’s very keen to make a good impression, and really wants to fit into the corporate ethos and make his mark. His co-workers, Holly and Freddy seem very nice, and Jones, as he seems to be known as through the company, feels that this is going to be ‘the’ company to work for. Meanwhile Roger, Elizabeth and Wendell, the sales reps in the Training Sales Department where Jones works, are on the ball; selling, selling, selling. But who took Roger’s doughnut? Roger is determined to find out – no matter the cost – to anybody else, of course. Sydney Harper, the Training Sales Department Manager, keeps her door firmly closed, and her PA Megan watches the Training Sales Department staff from afar. But each and every one of these employees, and all the employees on all the other floors of the building, have their own hopes, and dreams, and fears. And it may be that Jones is about to find out what those are.
I liked this book; it was a witty, and satirical look at working for a faceless and anonymous company, where the employees feel they are on the treadmill, and small things like the loss of a doughnut become matters of political intrigue, backstabbing and general skullduggery. The loss of personal empowerment by the individual employees in such a workplace is, sadly all too real, but this book offers a rather funny and fresh look at it, and gives the reader an engaging read along the way. The narrative flows at a rapid pace, and Jones is a sympathetic character, who we really want to see succeed. Nicely written, and a rewarding light right.