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Not Working

Not Working by Lisa Owens
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"Pin-sharp, utterly addictive" Vogue

"A deadpan comic debut for the procrastination generation" The Guardian

Claire Flannery has quit her job in order to discover her true vocation - only to realize she has no idea how to go about finding it. Whilst everyone around her seems to have their lives entirely under control, Claire finds herself sinking under pressure and wondering where her own fell apart. 'It's fine,' her grandmother says. 'I remember what being your age was like - of course, I had four children under eight then, but modern life is different, you've got an awful lot on.'

Sharp, tender and funny, Lisa Owen's brilliantly observed debut Not Working is the story of a life unravelling and a novel that asks the questions we've never dared to say out loud.


"As insightful about the contemporary dilemmas facing young professionals as it is sharp, incisive and laugh-out-loud funny" Observer

"If you're not trapped in the 9-5 office routine this is the book for you. If you're trapped in the 9-5 office routine and fantasising about quitting, this is the book for you. Lisa Owens' heroine, Claire Flannery, has been described as a very modern Bridget Jones. It's not a man that she's after, it's a job! Claire is funny, endearing and self-deprecating and her job-hunting sagas will strike a chord. If you're looking for a new job Not Working won't help you, but it will make you laugh out loud along the way." Reader's Digest

Pan Macmillan UK; April 2016
256 pages; ISBN 9781925479027
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Title: Not Working
Author: Lisa Owens
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