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In the tradition of Jennifer Close’s Girls in White Dresses comes a “a pin-sharp, utterly addictive debut” (Vogue U.K.) told in vignettes that speak to a new generation not trying to have it all but hoping to make sense of it all.

“Everyone’s been talking about this book. . . . Charming and funny, this read is simply delightful.”—Bustle

“A deadpan comic debut for the procrastination generation.”—The Guardian

Claire Flannery has just quit her office job, hoping to take some time to discover her real passion. The problem is, she’s not exactly sure how to go about finding it. Without the distractions of a regular routine, Claire confronts the best and worst parts of herself: the generous, attentive part that visits her grandmother for tea and cooks special meals for her boyfriend, Luke, and the part that she feels will never measure up and makes regrettable comments after too many glasses of wine. What emerges is a candid, moving portrait of a clear-eyed heroine trying to forge her own way, a wholly relatable character whose imperfections and uncanny observations highlight what makes us all different and yet inescapably linked.

Praise for Not Working

“Ruefully funny . . . features a kind of millennial Bridget Jones whose red wine–and–TED Talk–fueled pursuit of a higher purpose in life leads to hard truths and hangovers.”Vogue

“In this laugh-out-loud debut, Claire Flannery is a lost soul who quits her day job to discover her true passion. In taking a hard look at her own character, Claire finds that her loveable qualities are sometimes squashed by mistakes, like the evenings she blurts inappropriate remarks after too many glasses of wine. [Lisa] Owens’s story is a smart, relatable and delicious debut.”Harper’s Bazaar

“It’s no mean feat to fashion a novel out of the stuff of everyday life. . . . Fortunately, Owens is quite a writer. . . . Not Working works because there is lots going on beneath its placid, ordinary surface. . . . With this funny, serious debut, Lisa Owens has proved that she’s one to watch.”The New Statesman

“There are sharp observations about generational change, particularly on the topic of work. . . . The novel is a light read but it raises some timely issues. . . . A secure job with a future is not that easy to find, as Claire’s comic and compelling tale serves to show. This book offers a form of catharsis for anyone who has felt that they are not quite doing their job right. . . . It is soothing to find you are not the only one noodling along in your career.”Financial Times

“Stellar . . . [Owens has an] ability to take the potentially trite problem-of-the-privileged trope and deftly craft it into readable fun.”Publishers Weekly

“Owens offers a millennial take on the traditional British chick-lit heroine. . . . Claire is a realistically awkward character who will appeal to readers looking for a less-angsty take on the new adult trend.”Booklist

“A novel as insightful about the contemporary dilemmas facing young professionals as it is sharp, incisive and laugh-out-loud funny.”The Observer

“Lots of people say they laugh out loud when they read a book they love. But in the case of Not Working, I really did laugh out loud, often and raucously.”—Elisabeth Egan, author of A Window Opens

From the Hardcover edition.
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A hilarious debut for all fans of Mhairi McFarlane and Lisa Owens. The perfect antidote for Valentine's Day! 

Life is 10% planning, 10% design and 80% totally winging it... 

Join Emma as she guides you through How Not to become accidentally knocked up at the age of 27, How Not to unceremoniously dump the father of your child, and then How Not to lose the job that (even though you hate it) is the only thing between you and being homeless...

Hilarious and heart-warming, How Not to Fall in Love, Actually will make you laugh, make you cry, and will reassure you that perhaps your life is not that bad, actually...

What people are saying about How Not to Fall in Love, Actually

‘A charming, feel-good gem of a debut novel that’s guaranteed to leave you smiling… An honest narrative and a fresh voice to tell it… a great way to spend a lazy afternoon' CultureFly

'A phenomenal cast of characters and some real laugh out loud moments. Brilliant!' Heidi Swain, author of The Cherry Tree Cafe and Mince Pies and Mistletoe at the Christmas Market

'More bubbly than a big glass of champers and just as fun. How Not To Fall In Love, Actually is bright, breezy, and the perfect way to beat back the winter bluesGeorgia Clark, author of The Regulars

The Market Restaurant - Eat Out

The Market Restaurant Friday, January 8th, 2016. Reviewed by Lisa Owen. CUSTOMER SERVICE & AMBIENCE I made a booking earlier in the day for a table inside at 18h30. When my family and I arrived, we discovered that no actually booking was made. SERVICE There were no shortage of staff, yet our waiter was running around, sweating profusely, and not entirely 'on the ball'. FOOD Four out of five meals was very average with some lacking favour or creativity. The quality food(on the dinner menu) does not justify the prices. Dessert came around: two people order the chocolate brownies which was soggy and spongy. You could tell that it was warned from frozen due to the unpleasant texture and manufactured taste as well as the amount of water that poured out of the 'brownie'. On the other hand, the bread and butter pudding which I ordered was the saving grace of the entire night and is probably the only reason that the food is rated 2 out 5. Source:

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  • The Market Restaurant

    01/08/16 ,via Eat Out

    CUSTOMER SERVICE & AMBIENCE I made a booking earlier in the day for a table inside at 18h30. When my family and I arrived, we discovered that no actually booking was made. The waitor that was attending to us suggested that we may have dialed the 

  • The Good, the Bad, and the Overly Proper: Dialect Coaches Evaluate the ...

    01/11/16 ,via Slate Magazine (blog)

    Eve Hewson As early-20th-century nurse (and southern preacher's daughter) Lucy Elkins on The Knick, Bono's Irish-born daughter manages to completely submerge her brogue. Her diction, like Owen's, “is good and right for the time period.” Melanie Lynskey


@LisaTTIII thanks a lot Lisa xx 01/11/16, @Mara_Owen
Wonderful set 01/11/16, @IngrdGlns
RIP David Bowie 01/11/16, @lisa_a_owen



  • Carving Devotion in the Jain Caves at Ellora

    BRILL. 2012. ISBN: 9789004206298,9004206299. 224 pages.

    Drawing on art historical, epigraphical, and textual evidence, this book is the first full-scale reconstruction of medieval Jain activities at Ellora. It not only highlights the understudied Jain caves, but examines them in concert with Ellora's Hindu and Buddhist monuments.

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  • Meet the new faces of fiction for 2016

    01/10/16 ,via The Guardian

    Doing an MA for me was a dream, and I wanted to give someone like me that opportunity.” CJ Lisa Owens was signed by an agent within six months of completing her creative writing MA. Photograph: Karen Robinson for the Observer Owens left her job to write ...

  • Obituary: William Edward Buckley, 75, of Potlatch

    He is survived by his wife, Pam; sister, Betty (Ron) Cameron; daughter, Lisa (David) Hylsky; grandchildren, Sarah (Paul) Norris, Abby Jo Cramer and Caitlin Eddy; great-grandchildren, Ava Mae Prince and Owen Norris; and nephew, John Cameron. He is also ...

  • Open season on this year’s riveting reads

    01/08/16 ,via The Daily Express

    It’s easy to see why eight publishers fought over Not Working by Lisa Owens Picador, £12.99 (April), the piercingly observant and funny account of Claire Flannery whose life goes from bad to worse when she quits her job to find her true vocation.


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