In Office Hours, Paperback Book
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Lucy Kellaway, author of Martin Lukes: Who Moved My Blackberry?, explores the taboo of the office romance in her astutely observed and wickedly funny work satire In Office Hours. Stella Bradberry and Bella Chambers work at the same high-achieving, high-end London firm.

Bella is a pretty, young single mum, but an assistant to men with half her smarts.

Stella, a go-getting, multitasking mother of two, has a seat on the board firmly in her sights. But then these two sharp, intelligent women do something rash: they embark on affair with male colleagues they wouldn't look twice at outside work.

Suddenly, both are telling lies to friends, loved ones and workmates.

In the grip of passions they cannot, nor wish to, control, they carelessly break all the rules, sabotaging friendships and careers.

They've risked their livelihood for love. But ending an affair is always harder than beginning one...'Funny, frank and shrewd, this comic novel is always on the money' Independent 'Whip-smart and blisteringly observant. Funny, truthful and cracking satire' Sunday Times 'Kellaway is very funny and acutely observant about workplace politics - the office here is a hotbed of passion and betrayal' The Times Management Columnist for the Financial Times, Lucy Kellaway, lampoons modern corporate culture in her two novels: Martin Lukes: Who Moved My Blackberry? and In Office Hours. You can follow Lucy on Twitter @lucykellaway or on her Financial Times blog and podcast.


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This is a book I would never have chosen for myself. However it was selected in a book club I am in. I actually chose this book out of all the book choices we were given because it looked like it was going to be a very funny light hearted read.The book is about office affairs. It centres on Bella Chambers a young PA who has an affair with James one of the bigwigs in the company and Stella Bradberry a very professionally together lady who also has a top ranking job in the company - who has a passionate affair with Rhys a trainee.The two separate affairs happen within the same company and I liked the comparison of opposites where you have young Bella who has an affair with an older man and Rhys the young man having an affair with the older lady. I found that Bella and Rhys had a great deal in common with their feelings for their boss's. I found both Stella and James rather weak character's in that they are both quite needy.I found the description of all of the character's except Bella repulsed me and got me thinking is it really worth it in the end to have an affair. Would the lady's have normally gone for such toads - I don't think so. I think it is the drama of the chase and being caught that is the appeal.The book did not give me as many laughs as I wanted out of this book but gave a sharp insight into what can happen in an office affair. It left me feeling cold and a little flat when I finished this book as I think I just wanted the happy ever after ending but this book does not give that. However it works as I think this was trying to portray that feeling of emptyness like you could imagine when an affair has ended and your heart is broken.I really wanted the lady's to be winners but sadly it just was not the case.I don't think I would read this type of book again, that's not to say it was a bad book but just not my thing. I was frustrated with the subject to begin with and it just clarified my feelings on affairs in general.