Danny Williams didn't mean to be a lawyer, but somehow he is -- and for up to eighteen hours a day. He's well paid, home owning, and twenty-seven but is also overworked, lonely, and frequently stoned. The plan was to leave the troubles of a small town in Northern Ireland for the big city in England, but one evening an old school friend, Geordie, bursts into Danny's shiny...more
I kind of stopped caring once the actual plot kicked in, since I can't relate to exciting, sexy, interesting stuff, but if he had stuck to Biglaw-life no one would read the whole thing, so I guess I understand his choice.
Check it out: One day, A came home and on the doorknob of his street-facing apartment was a Barnes and Noble bag. Inside was this book. Brand new. No receipt or note or anything. We both assumed it had simply been left on the wrong door, as it's a big apartment complex and the street gets a ton of foot traffic. So he left it there, hoping either the giver or receiver would recognize it and pick it up.
So I read it.
It was a fun r ...more
I think some readers and writers of humorous novels see themselves as Jane Austen, and others see themselves as Bertie Wooster. Women tend to the former, men to the latter, but that's only a tendency, not an iron-clad sex role. Jane Austens observe closely and comments wisely on the foibles of others. Bertie Woosters fail about with good ...more
Why this book? one-dollar ARC
Which book format? Advance Reader Copy
Primary reading environment? Saint Patrick's Day
Any preconceived notions? read it before
Identify most with? definitely not Ellen
Three little words? “simian shoulder roll”
Goes well with? gulps of ale
Recommend this to? acquaintance from college
Ian is a Loyalist who is upset with England.
I kept having to stop and remind myself of that, because it grates against the stereotypes I've mem ...more
This is superior lads fiction with good characterisation that makes you like. Its also very funny and could easily be made for the screen.
The book has Danny who has moved from Northern Ireland to work has a solicitor. He is disillusioned with his job and is trying to get into the trainee pants. There is a nice style of showing what people say and what they mean in italics that is applicable to ...more
This book made me smile and at times have to really stop myself from laughing aloud lest all the other commuters thought I was an insane person!
I think this is quite a male book, maybe intended for a male audience ...more
I only read it because it was a selection for my library reading group. I think it must have sounded much better in summary than it proved - at least for me. Just had no interest in the plot or characters.
I read it quickly because I just couldn't bare to have it hanging about 'to be read'.
- Laird is Zadie Smith's husband - and apparently there is a gratuitous mention of her novel "White Teeth", although I somehow missed it
He is the author of two novels, Utterly Monkey and Glover's Mistake, and two collections of poetry, To A Fault and On Purpose. A new volume of poetry, Go Giants, is forthcoming from Faber in Janua ...more