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Not Working

3.07 based on 1354 ratings & 230 reviews on Goodreads.com

Synopsis

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.

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Quick-witted and sharp-tongued, lovable and flawed, Claire is a super narrator that readers will easily connect with . . . at once universal and unique
Irish Times
Imagine the diaries of Adrian Mole as written by the lovechild of Bridget Jones and Dorothy Parker . . . So good, so funny, so of its time
Red
Warm-hearted, clever . . . rich in humour and piercing insight
Metro