- 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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Account of two different women conducting love affairs at work. As pure entertainment it's well-written and funny. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Yasmine
I loved this book! So cleverly written and I really cared about the characters too, especially Rhys and Stella who were so in love. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Gerbil Girl
Excellent! I loved 'Who Moved my Blackberry' and this doesn't disappoint. What is annoying though is that Lucy doesn't seem to have written anything else for me to get as my next... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Nurseysarah
I'd read a lot of Lucy Kellaway's columns and was a big fan of her Martin Lukes's column. I was keen to read this book. The book follows several women and their office affairs. Read morePublished on 24 Feb. 2014 by Stepas
A bit predictable but the characters are somehow also not credible. Joanna trollope-esque - a thin plot line padded out with a lot of over-the-top emoting.Published on 16 Feb. 2014 by acb
Makes a mockery of office life. There is so many more things that could have made this a funny and interesting read, but it relied on the cliche stereotypes. So disappointing.Published on 2 Dec. 2013 by A Koala
I could not put this book down. i just was engaged reading it. I would like to buy more of lucy's books. I recommend reading this book.Published on 24 Mar. 2013 by ireadnovels
Having read the other reviews, I think this must be a love it or hate it book. I loved it.Published on 10 Feb. 2013 by Jazzy Lady 2