The Temp, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


We all know how it works: first you go to School, then you go to University, and then you enter Real Life. And that's the important bit. Real Life is about achievement, recognition, choices.

It's about a boss who trusts you, a wardrobe that suits you, friends who support you and a relationship that fulfils you.

It`s a mobile phone, an expense account, a company car and a place to park it.

Happily Ever After. Unforunately, Real Life isn't working that way for The Temp.

She's managed the university bit, but the job, the dough and the happily-ever-after seem harder than anybody ever told her.

Living in Stockwell while she moves through a series of jobs ranging from the horrifying mindless to the bemusingly witless to the simply extraordinary, she realises that something isn't right.

Who cares about a boss who trusts you? She'd settle for a boss who knows her name. This can't be Real Life, can it? Building on the success of her INDEPENDENT column, Serena Mackesy has created a wonderfully witty, acerbic expose of office anthropology and a genuinely moving story about the early-twenties doldrums.


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Superior chicklit written by a woman who seems to understand the sheer, grinding misery of office life. Populated with some realistic and non-glamorous characters - although also with an ex-boy-band member, which is not something most of us have in our life.

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