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In Office Hours Paperback – 6 May 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Fig Tree (6 May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905490399
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905490394
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 861,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whip-smart and blisteringly observant. Funny, truthful and cracking satire (The Sunday Times )

Captures perfectly the addictive highs and catastrophic lows of an obsessive, clandestine affair. Funny, moving, don't miss (Grazia )

I didn't want to put it down (Financial Times )

Kellaway is very funny and acutely observant about workplace politics - the office here is a hotbed of passion and betrayal (The Times )

A fast-moving novel about office affairs. The unusual feature of Kellaway's writing is the witty way in which she challenges established mores (Daily Telegraph )

About the Author

Lucy Kellaway is the Financial Times' management columnist. She lives in London and is married with four children. Her first novel, Who Moved My Blackberry? was published by Penguin in 2005.


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This monstrously boring and totally repetitive book can't possibly have been written by the real Lucy Kellaway who is witty and engaging. Please come back soon and we'll forgive you for this aberration.

For the curious here is the plot. Two silly women, one senior, one junior, both have affairs at the office. They don't go anywhere, but spend their lives in hotel rooms drinking champagne. Then they undergo some soul searching, have a fallout, then make-up and then they do some more bonking. Repeat through several chapters and then end predictably. Do not indulge in any characterisation or understanding of why the characters act as they do and under no circumstances make the characters appealling.

The End.
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I had high hopes for this book but it failed to deliver. I found it difficult to care about the characters - and the fact that they are called Bella and Stella drove me mad, surely the author has more imagination than that?? The characters were one-dimensional and the depth of their feelings felt ridiculous so early on in the throes of the affairs. The outcomes were inevitable and obvious. I think the book is skillfully written but failed to grab me by the heart and in fact, I found myself bored by the story. Give me Marian Keyes any day.
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Falls very short of her other books.

Although she gets some of the pettiness and weirdness of human life, she falls into assumption traps.

Like CEOs are brilliant, and graduates are savvy and smart.

Not at all real world.

I found the helplessness of moth to a flame attitude to crummy relationships a bit nauseating.

The dialogues often came over as unreal, especially from Rhys.

I did read to the end, but with itchiness to just leave it.
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I was gripped by this novel from the first chapter. The characters are so recognisable, and Stella has stayed in my mind as if she was a real person. As she becomes ever more deeply drawn into an office affair, you find yourself sharing her ups and downs, and empathising so much with someone in the grip of an obsession. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever had an office affair, or felt themselves dangerously close to being drawn into one. Lucy Kellaway's writing is, as usual, a delight - infused with wit and warmth.
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This book has lost me after two chapters. The characters are dull, the setting is dull and the story is dull/predictable.

I love a chicklet but this is not a patch on lucy's last book, which i adored! I bought this following a review in vogue and must say they should stick to fashion instead of book reviews.

If you're getting this because nothing else is availiable then great but otherwise buy lucy's first book - its really really great.
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I read In Office Hours some weeks ago, I started reading it in November 2013 and I finished it on the 9th of April 2014. Yes it was that bad. I read the sample on my Amazon Kindle and I thought it would be a good read but I was so wrong.

In Office Hours by Lucy Kellaway is about two women – Stella and Bella who work for Atlantic Energy. They have affairs with their colleagues at work, Bella with her married boss and married Stella with a junior colleague. That’s all. Nothing major happens apart from the affairs and then it ends with both affairs ending which is rather predictable, It was so long, boring and repetitive that I struggled to finish it.

This book was so bad, I do not recommend.
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Lucy Kellaway's In Office Hours is brilliant. She captures the minutiae of office life, the arrogance, anxiety, vanity, vulnerability and utter disregard for common sense of all her protagonists with ruthlessness and humour. The author claims the book is the product of meticulous, indirect, research but her sources appear to have been breathtakingly and humiliatingly honest. the book will be a great hit but if not Lucy Kellaway has a second vocation as a confessor
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Like other reviewers here, I admire Kellaway's writing in the FT and absolutely loved 'BlackBerry' but this novel does not do her credibility or reputation any favours. The office setting and behaviours are mundane and stereotypical - so unlike her usually insightful explorations of, and musings on, corporate life.
Cliched storylines; superficial, unlikeable characters; on/off dramas repeated endlessly - a really lightweight and maddening novel.
If I were her editor, I would have suggested that Kellaway publish this under a nom de plume.
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