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  • Social satire, law firm culture, not great.

    Stephen Maserov is a second-year corporate lawyer who is terrified of losing the job he hates. He retrained, from teacher to lawyer, to pay his mortgage but in the process works such long hours that his wife, feeling estranged, has kicked him out. He now works all day, goes to put his kids to bed in the early evening, then back to work to make his billable hours and avoid the ever-looming job cuts and partner wrath. He's desperate and paranoid, so he jumps at a chance to embed himself in a construction company client of his firm, offering to help them make their sexual harassment sins go away. It's a deal that doesn't sit well with his conscience. I think this book was meant to be social commentary and satire. It skewers corporate culture well - everything from open-plan offices and hot-desking, to collegial competition is mocked. Cleverly and funnily. But in addressing sexism and sexual harassment in the workplace it misses the mark. E.g. the women all being portrayed as needing to be saved from men by other men. Most of the characters are bland. The writing perspective is inconsistent. The first third of the book is a dense read, but happily the pace does pick up when the focus shifts from harassment to corporate greed. The story is set in Melbourne, in the familiar streets, bars and cafes of it's corporate jungle (mostly Collins St), and St Kilda. That feels real and current, but even though it was published in 2019 the politics make it otherwise feel dated.

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  • So entertaining!

    This is such an enjoyable read. It is fast, funny with a number of likeable and relatable characters. And it’s a law book that even metes out a measure of justice to the baddies but doesn’t shy away from some of the complexities of modern life.

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  • a cracking good read

    Really enjoyed this book well written and fast moving, entertaining characters,recommend it to readers

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  • terrific

    Absolutely loved this crisp, witty fast moving Australian take on the corporate world and how to survive it. It could have been better if it didn't stereotype the genders quite so simplistically.

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