Borrowed from a friend Apr 2008

A wonderful book – even though it had a mystery part to the story, which had made me not so keen to pick it up in the past, I happily took it when it was pressed upon me by a colleague. And I’m so glad I did. Very atmospheric and really captured the ennui of work in a low-paid, high-pressure job with great stretches of boredom (I’m remembering my call centre here…) The Birmingham setting was a bonus and the characters beautifully drawn.

I didn’t *love* the vignettes interspersed throughout the book by “anonymous shopper, male” etc – they felt a bit writing-classy and I wondered if they were the inspiration for the book but didn’t NEED to be in there.

But overall fantastic, and greatly deserved the nominations and prizes it has picked up.