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Lazy Ways to Make a Living

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  230 ratings  ·  31 reviews
'Have you ever seen The Thomas Crown Affair? Faye Dunaway (sugar pink lips, fabulous nails, playing Black) utterly destroys Steve Mc Queen (blue eyes, playing White). It's a dazzling performance ...That film made me get out the chess set I'd abandoned three years earlier. It made me search through East Anglia for a blue-eyed boy suffering from wealth-ennui. I never found o ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published 2002 by Time Warner
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Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I got this free with a magazine five years ago, and my copy is as dogeared as they come, as it is one of my favourite comfort reads. Easy to read and predictable, it holds a special place on my bookshelf!
Jun 03, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit
This was a very strange book, not really my thing, although I enjoyed it to start with. It's about Rose, an academic chess player, who leaves her job and returns to Edinburgh when she is embaressed by her students. With no money, unable to live anywhere nice, she has to take a number of low paid jobs to survive. She then bumps into Jamie, an old chess adversary, who is rich and successful. He offers her the chance to be a kept woman, living in the lap of luxury and spending whatever she wants. B ...more
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I bought this years ago second hand somewhere and have only just got around to reading it... I was in a gap between more demanding non fiction and needed something fun and frivolous.
And so it is... but it's also a sweet reworking of Jane Eyre, acknowledging how important a part of the canon Jane is for most female readers, and how Jane and Rochester form part of our internal template of what love should and shouldn't be. I don't mean this to be a reductionist comment - the choices Jane mak
Jul 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Loved this book!!!!!
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first page of this book does little in the way of telling you what to expect but this was good honest chicklit at it's best. Rose is a likeable character who becomes the kept woman of Jamie. But as always in the best tradition of chick-lit & romance, the course of true love doesn't run smooth & Rose finds herself encountering some very nasty bumps along the way. Enjoyable & entertaining.

Apr 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: chic-lit lovers
It may be because of the setting of this book that I connect with it so well (I too live in Edinburgh and have worked in Livingston call centres...), but absolutely love it - I've probably read it 5 or 6 times over the years, usually picking it up around Christmas time when it's cold and snowing outside.

The plot follows a woman who believes herself to be an academic, over the space of a year in her life; after a terribely embarrassing incident that involves a number of her ex's publi
Julia Stewart
Nov 03, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 21st-century
This book, huh. I've baffled between giving it a three or a two star rating, but I'm nice, so I gave it a three. The characters in this book were good. They were very quite good! The storyline was very good as well, and the chess references were placed so tactfully and intelligently and made sense; there was a lot of moral discussions and classics discussions which I loved! However, the ending, the fucking ending, Abigail, what in universe's name were you thinking?! The ending looked as if she w ...more
Cathy Bryant
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a lot of fun - even if I'd rather have read the story of the poker-playing older sister.
I don't usually like romance, as some of the tropes drive me up the wall - such as the hero and heroine being able to sort out all their problems in five minutes if they talked honestly and sensibly. But this is an intelligent example. When I read that the heroine was analysing dipthongs in the word, "Phwoarr!", I knew that the book was going to be a cut above most of its peers. It does play wi
Rachael Mellor
Jun 07, 2014 rated it liked it
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Jan 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
A fluffy chick-lit book that I enjoyed more than I want to admit -- a lot of sub-par stuff came out post-Bridget Jones' Diary, but this is actually funny, touching and not a total insult to the reader's intelligence. Exactly what I wanted from a beach read. (Though I'd be really pleased if these types of books would stop portraying all their leading women as so damned shopping-driven, not to mention flighty and so "math-is-hard" -- the stereotype is offputting, and it's a pretty obvious writing ...more
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
This is an ok chick lit book. Maybe I didn't relate because of the chess references and it got a bit bogged down in those. I don't feel like the title reflects well on the book which is about a graduate trying to make their way in the world so Rose initially takes 4 jobs, so how is that Lazy? Girl meets boy etc.. there's a twist in the story, so quite formlaic chick lit really. A quick and easy read.
Feb 16, 2011 rated it it was ok
Even though I was aware of this being a light read (and I do love my light reads), I did not warm up to the characters. Somehow they did not become alive for me. But I did enjoy the many Edinburgh references - kindly reminding me of last summer's vacation.
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
A cute novel... its funny and a good book to freak out with.A real solace to boredom.Not one with an intelligent score..but i love the mention of literary terms,books and word origins in it..(might be coz i myself am a Lit student).I dont mind giving it a second time reading too.
Feb 05, 2008 rated it it was ok
I thought I would be able to relate to this book and learn something, but instead it's a cheesy romance about a kept woman that wasn't even that funny.
Zill-e-ursh Nayyer
Jul 26, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-i-own
worst book i read yet... :@
Apr 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
this book is so well written i couldn't put it down.
Dec 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
I didn't really like this.
Sep 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Very well written. Lots of tid-bit facts.
Didn't get into it right from the start, but once made my way through the first few chapters I found I couldn't put it down.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was ok
May 05, 2012 rated it really liked it

With the exception of the sticky sweet happy ending, I loved this book. Cleverly written and fast paced, it was hilarious and unique. Couldn't put it down.
Feb 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
good read (half intellectual half romantic). I guess I just love happy endings :)
Fiona rose crossley
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Not my normal choice of book but it was a good read.
Oct 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
Terrible. It is shallow, in my own opinion.
Sep 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Not taxing in any way. Beach read. Chewing gum for the brain.
Amanda Henninger
May 26, 2009 rated it it was ok
Vacation/Beach Read
Dec 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
such a good read! so easy to love the characters and an unusual set out to keep things interesting. you can really connect to the story, brilliant.
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've read this book over and over and never get tired of it!
Perhaps not the most intellectual of books, but definitely one you'll find hard to put down!
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