Book Review – Not Working


by Lisa Owens
(Picador) ISBN: 9781509806546

With a wealth of experience in
publishing and an MA in Creative Writing, this is Lisa Owens’ first novel. 

Claire has quit her job in a
non-descript London agency to really think about what her true vocation should
be.  While her brain surgeon boyfriend seems to be cosying up to his
colleague Fiona, Claire finds herself reduced to spending her days scrubbing shower
tiles and trying to re-invent her usefulness to her family. 

I thoroughly enjoyed Owens’
pithy dialogue and beautiful yet pointed descriptive observations. I also
appreciated her capacity for developing warm and humorous characters. I did
however have the same problem with this book that I had with Bridget Jones.
There is no real plot, no actual progress and no true reason for a believable
happy ending.  
Speaking of endings, this was an unexpectedly sudden
one. 

Justine Cullinan
www.writerswrite.co.za
2/5

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