E Squared Paperback – 13 May 2010
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"Prepare to giggle your way through this witty, brilliantly crafted comic novel" (Heat)
"Had me doubled up in pain. For good reasons... You'll struggle to find a book with as many guffaws as this all year" (Denofgeek.com)
"A stinging satire... Beaumont's dry wit and pithy writing will have readers laughing out loud" (Publishers Weekly)
"Belly achingly funny... Like most offices, there are geeks, bitches, bullies and some show-off yearning for Reality TV fame. You should definitely buy this book" (69 Magazine)
"One of those books you have to read... It's very funny" (Adland Suit)
A hilarious and very modern novel about life, work and relationships from the bestselling author of ESee all Product Description
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I have re-read E possibly more then 30 times, yes sad I know...Im an avid reader, at least one book per week is consumed by me so whenever I need a fill in or a laugh, something silly but interesting to read; then E it is. I did worry if E Squared would come up to scratch as the bar is so high for me, such is my love of this book. But I need not have worried, although I cant say that it made me laugh until I nearly pee'd my pants (yes E truly did have that deeeelightful affect on me!!) it certainly made me chuckle all the way through and wonder how any of the people of Meerkat360 managed to keep a job. Just like the reprobates of Millar Shanks do each time I go back to E.
Anyway, basically this book is about an Ad agency, but its all told by either Email or text etc. The style of writing at times may confuse some, but once you are used to it the book trips along at a great pace and you wont be stuck for laughs along the way.
I have thought often over the yrs that Matt Beaumont is very underrated as a writer - I only chanced upon E by luck when rooting through a charity shop one day - not a place my copy will EVER end up Im afraid - Ive just ordered Small World and Im hoping that too is as good a read, he deserves more recognition for this work. So as far as this book and E is concerned; no it wont ever win awards for classic literature but its fun, doesnt take itself too seriously and a damn good read!
This time around, we follow the staff of an advertising agency (now known as a "Thought Collective") called Meerkat360. As with the earlier book, we are introduced to the main characters and how the business works (or, frequently, doesn't) very early on. This time around this is achieved thanks to an annual family circular from Janice Crutton and from a catch up E-Mail from Liam O'Keefe to his mate Brett Topolski.
We swiftly get to meet the remaining cast of characters who will take us through this first month of 2009 at Meerkat360. There are some familiar faces, added to by the foul-mouthed Roisin O'Hooligan on reception and the P. A. Staff; Dotty, who lives up to her name completely and Milton Keane, who is so far in the closet that the next thing he sees is going to be Narnia. Add to this an Art Director who can kill a pit bull with his bare hands and restart a man's heart with a laptop as well as the slightly mentally challenged Harvey Harvey and you can tell it's going to be an interesting, if rather silly, ride once again.
We get to follow the month at Meerkat 360 as they attempt to present a rather strange list of celebrity perfume scents to one client, whilst try to find ways of selling cigarettes in a market that doesn't allow overt cigarette promotion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Waited a long time for the follow up to E an found it just as funny and entertaining as the originalPublished 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another amazing novel by Matt Beaumont which didn't disappoint! Great quick delivery.Published 15 months ago by Miss AI Gardner
Very funny & clever. A great follow up to e, good characterisation, & good satire on the 'joys' of work & colleagues.Published 17 months ago by Karen Croan
Just what I was looking for at a great price - very pleasedPublished 18 months ago by Raymond Berry
I thoroughly enjoyed Matt Beaumont's "e" a few years back. Having worked in the advertising business, I found it wickedly close to the bone and a brilliantly clever update... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Secret Spi