A Day At The Office – Matt Dunn

A Day At The Office

I read A Day At The Office by Matt Dunn a while ago and after seeing its sequel A Christmas Day At The Office available online and I decided to read it again; I’m glad that I did. It’s not often these days I indulge in a feel good rom com, but this is a good choice if you fancy something that isn’t too sickly sweet and has a good range of characters. An easy way to explain this book is a literary version of the Love Actually format, several characters with their own story lines and all linked together in some twee fashion – in this case they all work together!

So we have Sophie, Julie, Mia-Rose, Callum, Nathan and Mark all just trying to survive Valentines Day and all the corny crap that comes with it. We find out about Julie and Mark’s secret hook up at the works Christmas do, Sophie’s crush on Nathan and her plans to woo him, Callum’s date with the mysterious Emma, oh and of course all of their messed up pasts and how these effect their ongoing love lives.

In some of these rom-com style books you can get a bit fed up of the characters and the twee-ness of the way in which they interact and yet in Mark Dunn’s book A Day At The Office the characters are likeable, realistic and amusing. It’s easy to read and to relate to, no out of the ordinary (ish) stunts and no completely unbelievable love story endings. The writing is clever and to the point, not too flowery and yet it still manages to get some beautiful imagery and descriptions across. My favourite parts being following Julie on her runs across familiar parts of London and Callum’s antics in prepping for his mystery date.

The story has enough suspense in it to keep you interested and curious about the characters fate, even enough for this rom-com cynic is still wanting to read the sequel and see what happened afterwards. Overall I would definitely recommend this as a nice Sunday afternoon, bath time or holiday read or even maybe something more if you fancy an alternative to the crap on TV (which is likely if you are anything like me). Go get it, crack it open and enjoy – I’m off to start A Christmas Day At The Office.

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The day after the day after…

Soooo… What did you do this day that is the day after the day after?

Did you go for a walk? Tidy up? Play with your new toys? Put your new toys away? Veg on the sofa watching crap tv?

It may be a bit odd but I’m really curious about this. My social media is filled with all sorts of variations. From the unbearably smug matching running outfits with matching ear muff couples out on hills “burning off the turkey”. Those who have spent the day elbowing and fighting through the sales, be it online or in person. Those who have collapsed and put the electronic babysitter on whilst they snored all day. To the total weirdos who have gutted, cleaned, stripped and taken down all signs of Christmas (including filing away all gifts), basically people like my mother. 

Me? What have I done? Well I’ve slept, a lot. Cuddled in my insanely comfy and soft and fluffy and beautiful new dressing gown. I’ve watched crappy tv and eaten my body weight in junk food. And since I’m ill and feeling sorry for myself I’ve spent way too much money on clothes I have no room for… reckon IKEA have a sale on wardrobes?

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