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Men at Work [Paperback]

Mike Gayle

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Feb. 1 2011 Quick Reads
Ian Greening loves his job at the Department of Work and Pensions. It might not be the best paid job in the world but it gives him lots of scope for fun. He loves his girlfriend, Emma, too. But when Emma is made redundant, and gets a temping job in Ian's office, he doesn't like it at all. Emma only knows Home Ian - and Work Ian is a different kettle of fish. Spending twenty-four hours a day together is too much of a good thing. But how can he tell her that without hurting her? Ian comes up with a plan to get things back the way they were. But it puts his relationship at risk and forces Ian to decide which really matters most: the job, or Emma. A sweet, funny novel about love and work.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (Feb. 1 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444711776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444711776
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 0.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 18 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #418,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mike Gayle is brilliantly funny Daily Mail Mike Gayle creates real, ordinary people with real ordinary lives who are so real and so believable that you mourn for them from the moment you finish reading. Lisa Jewell What I love about Mike Gayle is the way he seamlessly blends humour and sensitivity - his books are always rip-roaringly funny, yet so humane too. Freya North

About the Author

Previously an Agony Uncle, Mike Gayle is a freelance journalist who has contributed to a variety of magazines including FHM, Sunday Times Style and Cosmopolitan. He is the author of nine previous bestselling novels.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest of the Quick Reads Short Stories March 29 2011
By James N Simpson - Published on Amazon.com
Men at Work is definitely the most entertaining of all the books in the Quick Reads Series. The story I think works so well because the main character Ian Greening, is such a likeable character, as his girlfriend who he clearly cares a lot about. So you do feel for the guy when his unemployed girlfriend gets a job in his workplace, and even though this means the end of independent Ian, he loves her so much he doesn't speak up. But his girlfriend ultimately goes to far in changing Ian's work life and image seen by his colleagues. Ian has to get rid of her, but how?

There's not a lot of humorous reads amongst the Quick Reads short stories series. Trouble on the Heath by Terry Jones is another good one to check out if you're after a fun read. If you're unfamiliar with the Quick Reads series, they are books published to increase literacy levels by encouraging those who don't like to read beyond magazines and comic books to try fiction through cheap priced (these all sell of the rack for under two pounds in the UK) short story length fiction and non fiction. I think Men at Work achieves those goals and those reading this as their first book ever or for a while will definitely be encouraged to try other Quick Reads stories or regular novels.

This is the first story I've come across by Mike Gayle, after reading this great book I'll definitely be checking out his novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Funny as always! Nov. 4 2011
By marianerdrum - Published on Amazon.com
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Great novel and a must have in your collection of all his work! Mike Gayle just know how to entertain you and make you identify with the characters at one or another point in your life. He is to fiction what Celine Dion is to music!

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