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The Idler Book of Crap Jobs: 100 Tales of Workplace Hell Paperback – 1 Jan 2006

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  • Paperback: 157 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Jan. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060833416
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060833411
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,059,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Dan Kieran is The Idler's deputy editor and an expert on crap jobs. His mortifying resume includes weed sprayer, bank clerk, box stacker, washer-upper, hay bailer, marquee director, army kitchen porter, watercress farmer, pallet maker, and turkey beheader. He lives in England.

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Who knew you could have such fun with crap jobs, with this book you'll laugh at how low and desperate things can get and you'll meet all sorts of weird and wonderful characters from the world of the underjob, the 100 tales of crappy jobs is like 100 mini Trainspotting films in one. Looking for comedy ideas for a sitcom based on real life, read this!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly Foul 18 Aug. 2006
By J. Blair - Published on
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From the cover, I expected more of a light-hearted, humorous look at situations in which employment is less than ideal. Instead, I found that while some anecdotes are funny, the book is largely unentertaining and quite literally filled with obscenities, especially the cartoons. This one is going to the used book store ASAP, and if they don't want it, the dumpster will do fine.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the world of brown-collar employment 1 Mar. 2007
By Brian Connors - Published on
Format: Paperback
Okay, so almost every story is British. Big whoop. If you've ever worked a McJob, you can identify. Mostly.

Welcome to 100 of the nastiest jobs you've ever heard of, the kind you couldn't pay Mike Rowe to profile. Maggot wrangler. Pie-hole puncher (even less interesting than it sounds). Chili sauce bottler. Editorial assistant (one wonders from her story if she wasn't singlehandedly responsible for the nickname "Grauniad"). Door to door salesman (one of which involved the supervisor passing out free lines of cocaine to whoever was falling asleep on their feet). It's all bad news, and good reading. (It would probably go nicely with a copy of Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich.)

One downside: the cartoonist, who signs as Gwyn, is awful -- utterly lacking in artistic talent, and with no discernible sense of humor. Thus a 4-star review rather than 5-star.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time 4 April 2008
By bobb - Published on
Format: Paperback
At first I thought this was a serious run down of the worst jobs, instead is just a collection of 100 individual tales. OK, so I picked up an entertaintment book instead, so I gave it a shot. NOT! The stories are not even *that* entertaining.

Being a garbage man is funny? Not if you are union, little chance of being fired (how much can u mess up), no boss to micro-manage u, and make more$ with overtime than many white collar jobs.

Hey the "Dirty Jobs" guy at Discovery channel is a celebrity for being disgusting, so at least give us really funny stories, 'coz the job description themselves are waste of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious 21 Feb. 2008
By Big Jake - Published on
Format: Paperback
I've laughed myself to tears over numerous pages in this book. Each job description includes little emoticons which provide a shorthand assessment of the job. A head with a hatchet buried in it denotes "dangerous", a head with devil horns coming out of it means "immoral", and so on. The book is not for prudish goody-two shoes of the world, but man, is it funny.
2.0 out of 5 stars 100 Stories Seemingly Written By One Person 9 Jan. 2016
By WonToo3 - Published on
Format: Paperback
Even though the book is a compilation of 100 Brits each telling the story of a crap job they've suffered through, the book peculiarly reads as a single voice. The writing style throughout was heavy with an aggressive use of powerfully descriptive adjectives making the book a predictable read. Could it be that all these crap job-tellers had the same English teacher in school?? I think not. It's more likely that the tales were too heavily edited -- unwittingly whipped into shape with the same voice.

The proofreader of this tome had a particularly heavy foot.
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