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The E. Before Christmas (e #1.5)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  309 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
The Miller Shanks Christmas party is going to be the best and most impressive ever -- or at least, that's the plan. It certainly turns out to be unforgettable... Once again told entirely in a series of e-mails, the further adventures of the characters from e take them into the run-up to Christmas. Harriet's determined to make her first party as MD mega-memorable, but even ...more
Paperback, 129 pages
Published 2000 by Harper Collins
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Claire (Book Blog Bird)
Aug 24, 2015 Claire (Book Blog Bird) rated it it was amazing
This is the follow up to E, a novel that takes place in uber-horrible advertising agency, Millar Shanks. Like E, it is structured entirely in emails and like E it is hugely funny. After that disasterous Coke pitch, the staff of Millar Shanks have made a decent effort at turning the fortunes of the company around and things seem to be going swimmingly (okay, maybe not swimmingly, but better than could be expected) until the New York boss decides to hold the Euro-CEO conference on the same day as ...more
Feb 06, 2015 Soho_Black rated it it was ok
Some things naturally follow others. A heavy night's drinking will often be followed by a hangover. In the same way, a sequel will often follow every successful film, book or album. The comparison doesn't always end there either, as the sequel is frequently rushed out just to cash in with the success of an original and, like the hangover, not nearly as good as the events which caused it.

"The E Before Christmas" follows on from the original "E - A Novel", picking up events at the Miller Shanks ad
Dec 20, 2008 Annet rated it really liked it
I love Matt Beaumont, he makes me laugh! I read 'E' while on a camping holiday in Canada 2 years ago, and I remember reading it at the campfire, laughing out loud all the time. So I thought I just had to read The E before Xmas. Couldn't find it in the bookstores in London, so I ended up ordering this one second hand from amazon and I don't regret it. A great, entertaining, relaxing read just before Xmas. Hilarious and such a good destressing 'tool' to battle the work(aholic) stress! And some det ...more
Mike Steven
Dec 02, 2012 Mike Steven rated it really liked it
A thoroughly entertaining short novel told entirely through work emails sent around the time of the Christmas party. This enables the reader to never get a true picture of events, but only as it is seen through the eyes of each of the main characters. Although not the first person to use this kind of idea, it did remind me of my days working in an office and the countless pointless, gossipy or bitchy emails that filled my days.

(I recently re-read this book and enjoyed it as much the second time
Tanya Korval
Jan 10, 2013 Tanya Korval rated it it was amazing
It's not often that novellas get released (outside of indie publishing), which is a pity because they're a great low-cost way to try a new author. I'd already read 'e' before I came across 'The e Before Christmas' so for me it was just another bite-sized portion of the same great Beaumont humor. It retains the same characters from 'e' and relates events before and immediately after an office Christmas party. As in 'e', office life, the advertising industry, PR and marketing are all in for a dig, ...more
Ulrike Böhm
Dec 03, 2015 Ulrike Böhm rated it liked it
Nicht so lustig wie e., aber genauso bissig. Ich habe leider ein bisschen den Faden verloren, weil zu viele Anspielungen auf Personen, TV-Sendungen usw. der britischen Alltagswelt enthalten sind, die mir nicht bekannt waren. Außerdem haben mich Wandas SMS-typische kryptische Emails zu oft aus dem Lesefluss gerissen, weil ich sie mir erst übersetzen musste. Trotzdem war es ein Vergnügen und ich freue mich auf e squared, was ich auch schon auf meinem Lesestapel ganz oben habe. Der Irrsinn geht als ...more
So this is in between e and e squared, which may have been more entertaining if i had read it in order, but i feel like this one was a little flat. Maybe, as much as i love hanging out with this gang, it's gotten too predictable, or maybe i just already know too much from reading e squared. still a fun read though and bonus lesbionic sidebar.
Sergio GRANDE films
Nov 07, 2012 Sergio GRANDE films rated it liked it
Same characters from E but none of the imagination. The title is very apt; it feels like a book that was written quickly just to make money from the Christmas shoppers. A completely unnecessary follow-up.
Oct 23, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this before and I love it. It's a short follow-up to the the original E: A Novel and very funny as we enter the festive season.

Apparently Matt Beaumont is writing a new novel about the Miller Shanks ad agency for publication next year. I can't wait!
Dec 21, 2008 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read this before and I love it. It's a short follow-up to the the original E: A Novel and very funny as we enter the festive season.

Apparently Matt Beaumont is writing a new novel about the Miller Shanks ad agency for publication next year. I can't wait!
Apr 23, 2008 Bridget rated it really liked it
This isnt really a book, but an online file I bought from Amazon a few years ago - a follow-up to the hilarious book "E" about the antics of an advertising company in London. Matt Beaumont is a great writer, and I wish more of his books would be available in the US.
Karl Mullins
Apr 24, 2014 Karl Mullins rated it it was amazing
Very little book but great addition to the series, laugh out loud funny. A book you can read in a day
Jan 03, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
I devour Matt Beaumont's books. All written in emails. Set at an agency in London. Trashy. Fast-paced. Hilarious. Write more, Mr. Beaumont. Please write more.
Apr 13, 2009 Anita rated it it was amazing
Love, love, loved this book - finished it in a couple of hours and laughed so much. All the favs from "E" are back in fine form.

First to read will enjoy - Nige.
Nov 07, 2012 Mikki rated it did not like it
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Maybe I needed to read it when it first came out? Maybe I need to understand English humour (clever, no?) more?
Sarah Goode
Aug 28, 2010 Sarah Goode rated it really liked it
Read this one in 2 days!

A nice little funny book. Passing this on to someone I know has it on their wishlist.
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