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Ian Greening loves his job.He loves it so much he won't even take a promotion. He'd rather muck around with his workmates. The other love of his life is girlfriend Emma. They've been together for years. The problems start when Emma loses her job and gets a new one in Ian's office. Ian doesn't like it at all. No more mucking about. No more flirting with the girls in admin. I Ian Greening loves his job.He loves it so much he won't even take a promotion. He'd rather muck around with his workmates. The other love of his life is girlfriend Emma. They've been together for years. The problems start when Emma loses her job and gets a new one in Ian's office. Ian doesn't like it at all. No more mucking about. No more flirting with the girls in admin. Ian wants her out. The question is, how? Can he do it without losing her or will it all end in tears?


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Ian Greening loves his job.He loves it so much he won't even take a promotion. He'd rather muck around with his workmates. The other love of his life is girlfriend Emma. They've been together for years. The problems start when Emma loses her job and gets a new one in Ian's office. Ian doesn't like it at all. No more mucking about. No more flirting with the girls in admin. I Ian Greening loves his job.He loves it so much he won't even take a promotion. He'd rather muck around with his workmates. The other love of his life is girlfriend Emma. They've been together for years. The problems start when Emma loses her job and gets a new one in Ian's office. Ian doesn't like it at all. No more mucking about. No more flirting with the girls in admin. Ian wants her out. The question is, how? Can he do it without losing her or will it all end in tears?

30 review for Men at Work

  1. 5 out of 5

    Alice

    Quick Read? More like Thick Read. Don't dumb down the plot and language just because you're writing a shorter book. Quick Read? More like Thick Read. Don't dumb down the plot and language just because you're writing a shorter book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    Ian Greening is quite happy in his easy job and loves the routine of it all, he has his little habits and rituals that he does every day. At work he jokes around and plays about, but at home he's a loving boyfriend to his girlfriend Emma. He is very supportive when Emma is made redundant and is all for helping her find a new job, but his work world is thrown off kilter when she lands a temp job at his office. Ian is not happy with this, he has two totally different persona's Work Ian and Home Ian Ian Greening is quite happy in his easy job and loves the routine of it all, he has his little habits and rituals that he does every day. At work he jokes around and plays about, but at home he's a loving boyfriend to his girlfriend Emma. He is very supportive when Emma is made redundant and is all for helping her find a new job, but his work world is thrown off kilter when she lands a temp job at his office. Ian is not happy with this, he has two totally different persona's Work Ian and Home Ian. He only wants Emma to know Home Ian, Work Ian is all for him. Ian tries hard to get Emma to leave of her own accord but when that doesn't happen he starts to hatch schemes that could be to the detriment of their very relationship.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Van Dam

    Is there such a thing as spending too much time with your loved one? Mike Gayle short and easy to read "Men at Work" is a story based upon one man's fear of losing his personal space at work when his live-in girl friend, Emma, has the opportunity to be his co-worker. In my opinion, the story-line spoke volumes of this one man's fear and the length he went to rid himself of his predicament. Moreover, the story-line needed more than a happy ending, it needed some sort of superficial resolve that w Is there such a thing as spending too much time with your loved one? Mike Gayle short and easy to read "Men at Work" is a story based upon one man's fear of losing his personal space at work when his live-in girl friend, Emma, has the opportunity to be his co-worker. In my opinion, the story-line spoke volumes of this one man's fear and the length he went to rid himself of his predicament. Moreover, the story-line needed more than a happy ending, it needed some sort of superficial resolve that would allow the reader to feel Emma and Ian will indeed be okay.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alice Florence

    Short and sweet story about a man who's missus starts work in the same office. Passed an hour quite nicely. Short and sweet story about a man who's missus starts work in the same office. Passed an hour quite nicely.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shahrun

    Enjoyable, light quick read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Susan Barnes

    Men at work was a surprising book for me, probably because it comes from a very male perspective. Mike Gayle creates a story that examines a man's connection with his job. Gayle's main character, Ian loves his job, though really it is the camaraderie he loves. Ian enjoys being with people and the relationships with the other staff which often continues after work. He even refuses a promotion because he doesn't want to change the work relationships he currently experiences. When his girlfriend, Emm Men at work was a surprising book for me, probably because it comes from a very male perspective. Mike Gayle creates a story that examines a man's connection with his job. Gayle's main character, Ian loves his job, though really it is the camaraderie he loves. Ian enjoys being with people and the relationships with the other staff which often continues after work. He even refuses a promotion because he doesn't want to change the work relationships he currently experiences. When his girlfriend, Emma loses her job and manages to pick up work in Ian's office he is deeply disturbed. He doesn't want Emma upsetting the status quo at work which, of course, she does. Ian is desperate to not have Emma at this work place and goes to extraordinary lengths to convince her not to stay. Yet it is only when she leaves he realized that his love for Emma is greater than his job. Something he would never heave realized if she not accepted the job at his office. An enlightening insight into a man's world.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Aileen

    School sweethearts, Ian and Emma have been together 7 years, Ian loves his job, so much he won’t accept promotion, and is a bit of a joker, he likes a laugh and to be “one of the lads”. One night after coming home from the Pub Emma announces she has lost her job, she is really upset. Emma manages to get another job, but it is temping in Ian’s office, for a month, Ian is not impressed he is a different person at work and Emma is at the next desk to him, after her month she is offered a job permanen School sweethearts, Ian and Emma have been together 7 years, Ian loves his job, so much he won’t accept promotion, and is a bit of a joker, he likes a laugh and to be “one of the lads”. One night after coming home from the Pub Emma announces she has lost her job, she is really upset. Emma manages to get another job, but it is temping in Ian’s office, for a month, Ian is not impressed he is a different person at work and Emma is at the next desk to him, after her month she is offered a job permanently which she accepts, what can Ian do as he loves his job and Emma? And wouldn’t dream of losing any of them. This is a really good book and funny, it is a quick read, I read it in an hour, and I would recommend this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Safron Mitchelson

    A fun little quick read for those no brain moments. Ian Greening loves his job. He loves it so much he won't even take a promotion. He'd rather much about with his workmates. The other love of his life is girlfriend Emma. They've been together for years. The problems start when Emma loses her job and gets a new one in Ian's office. Ian doesn't like it at all. No more mucking about. No more flirting with the girls in admin. Ian wants her out. The question is, how? Can he do it without losing her or A fun little quick read for those no brain moments. Ian Greening loves his job. He loves it so much he won't even take a promotion. He'd rather much about with his workmates. The other love of his life is girlfriend Emma. They've been together for years. The problems start when Emma loses her job and gets a new one in Ian's office. Ian doesn't like it at all. No more mucking about. No more flirting with the girls in admin. Ian wants her out. The question is, how? Can he do it without losing her or will it all end in tears?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Agi

    Quick read. It was a real quick read:) A pity, that it was soooo quick. I could read Mike everyday, everytime. His usual light, but also deep, writing. I didn't like Emma at the beginning and I understood why Ian has done this what he's done, but at the end Emma has rehabilitated herself. I really love Mike, after reading his book I can a little understand how are men's minds working and what they really think:) Waiting impatiently for his next book. Quick read. It was a real quick read:) A pity, that it was soooo quick. I could read Mike everyday, everytime. His usual light, but also deep, writing. I didn't like Emma at the beginning and I understood why Ian has done this what he's done, but at the end Emma has rehabilitated herself. I really love Mike, after reading his book I can a little understand how are men's minds working and what they really think:) Waiting impatiently for his next book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    One of the Quick Reads series, a simple and somewhat predictable story but an amusing read nonetheless. With elements of work, romance and human destruction thus may be short, but it is a good and fun read. I've read Mike Gayle before and I enjoy his style of writing very much. If you haven't read Mike's books I suggest you give this one a try. Thanks Mike for writing this, I'll look forward to reading more of your work soon. One of the Quick Reads series, a simple and somewhat predictable story but an amusing read nonetheless. With elements of work, romance and human destruction thus may be short, but it is a good and fun read. I've read Mike Gayle before and I enjoy his style of writing very much. If you haven't read Mike's books I suggest you give this one a try. Thanks Mike for writing this, I'll look forward to reading more of your work soon.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    I found it a bit worrying when I enpathised with Ian in the story, about his need to have a separate work life to home life and his odd little routines,well I won't spoil it by saying what happens at the end, but what he did was not nice at all. I began to wonder about a follow up and began wondering what they would do next, I'll not say any more or I'll ruin it! I found it a bit worrying when I enpathised with Ian in the story, about his need to have a separate work life to home life and his odd little routines,well I won't spoil it by saying what happens at the end, but what he did was not nice at all. I began to wonder about a follow up and began wondering what they would do next, I'll not say any more or I'll ruin it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sheli

    This was the first Mike Gayle book I have read and decided to start with a short story after reading loads of good reviews of his work. I really enjoyed this book and was able to imagine the office and found it funny and heartwarming at the same time. I will definitely be reading more from Mike Gayle and think my to-read list may have got a whole lot bigger!

  13. 4 out of 5

    DenXXX

    A quick read about a guy who loves his job and who even refuses a promotion as he enjoys messing around so much but all that changes when his girlfriend loses her job and gets a new one working next to him. His life suddenly closes in around him and he starts thinking of ways to get her out of his work life. But he doesn't realise the consequences of his actions until too late. A quick read about a guy who loves his job and who even refuses a promotion as he enjoys messing around so much but all that changes when his girlfriend loses her job and gets a new one working next to him. His life suddenly closes in around him and he starts thinking of ways to get her out of his work life. But he doesn't realise the consequences of his actions until too late.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Hil

    A nice quick read in his usual easy style, and I suppose it's more a fault of the length of the book when I say that there's not much plot or character building (kind of obvious really!). The story is a good mini-version of his usual books though so a nice way to spend an hour. :) A nice quick read in his usual easy style, and I suppose it's more a fault of the length of the book when I say that there's not much plot or character building (kind of obvious really!). The story is a good mini-version of his usual books though so a nice way to spend an hour. :)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Wilde Sky

    A man loves his office job and the freedom that it offers him then his girlfriend gets a job there. This short story will amuse anyone that works in an office and has an office persona / life that is separate from their home persona / life.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Scott Benyacko

    The thing that I love about Mike Gayle is that even something short, as Men at Work is, still has all of the tension of one of his lengthier lad-lit novels. Sometimes couples just have their own spaces, as this book proves.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Generally I adore Mike Gayle books and I was rather delighted to find this in the library for a quick reading session. The story is alright I suppose but sadly not written to the standard I expect from Mike Gayle.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lynne - The Book Squirrel

    A very nice read of about 85 pages one of the Quick Read books. Light hearted and funny with a serious theme going through it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    For a more detailed review, please visit my blog - Debra's Book Cafe Thank you Debs For a more detailed review, please visit my blog - Debra's Book Cafe Thank you Debs

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cláudia

    As the name says, a quick read. Also an enjoyable one, funny, sweet. As expected from good ol' Mike :) As the name says, a quick read. Also an enjoyable one, funny, sweet. As expected from good ol' Mike :)

  21. 5 out of 5

    Cassandra Lopez

    Brilliant is all I can say!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ali Binxie

    A cute story at Gayle style. A couple where she,Emy loses her job and find one at his boyfruend same company. The equilibrium is broken now.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nora

    Mike Gayle :). Just love him! Nice and small story and as always very true to my world.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Brigitte

    Read all of Mike Gayle's novels! They're funny, well written and you can drop it once you've started, rather like Pringles! Read all of Mike Gayle's novels! They're funny, well written and you can drop it once you've started, rather like Pringles!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Great quick read, read in a afternoon.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Fiona (Titch) Hunt

    Didn't like the storyline. Not sure I would read any more by him at the moment. Didn't like the storyline. Not sure I would read any more by him at the moment.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lynda

    3.5 stars. A good little read for those no brainier moments, like a flight! Easy to read writing style but the subject matter a little light.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrew To

    Great short book. Always enjoy Mike Gayle's style of writing. Great short book. Always enjoy Mike Gayle's style of writing.

  29. 4 out of 5

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  30. 4 out of 5

    Liam

    A bit silly, but a decent little story.

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