Now in paperback, The Office meets Bridget Jones in a novel set in an office so dysfunctional, it's bound to strike a chord with any nine-to-fiver
Full of ambition and delusions of grandeur, Martin Lukes is a man who is good at taking credit where it isn't due, a man who works hard at "personal growth" but consistently lets down everyone around him, a man who communicates with his sons by email and fails to notice how smart his wife Jenny really is, a man--in short--who loves jargon but totally lacks understanding. This novel follows a year in his life, via email exchanges. The year starts out with Martin hiring Pandora, an executive coach who spews comic but earnest aphorisms at the already self-aggrandizing Martin. He proceeds to accidentally send a sexist email to his new female boss, his wife is hired into a job in his company that threatens to eclipse his, he has an affair with his sexy, spacey secretary, and his juvenile delinquent son gets hold of his blackberry and forwards his secretary's racy emails to his wife. Through all this and more, Martin remains cheerfully oblivious to his faults.
"Acutely and hilariously observed. It matches the very best in satire If there's one book every ambitious manager should read it's this one."
—Evening Standard (London)
"This funny and perceptive novel cannot be recommended too highly."
—London Sunday Times
Lucy Kellaway is a regular columnist at the Financial Times of London. She created the character Martin Lukes in that column, the Financial Times' most popular.