In Office Hours is the story of Stella and Bella, two intelligent working women who each fall for impossible lovers at work Kellaway s keen observations on the way in which affairs move from state to state are a sort of masterclass in office love, bringing to life both the excitement of illicit romance and the ridiculousness of business behavior and language with a sharp sense of humor In Office Hours is intelligent, funny, moving and agonizing, but it s also so painfully reconizable to any woman who has ever worked in an office or ever been in love Kellaway hits a real nerve with her depictions of how people come to get into the emotional messes that we do and then how very difficult it is to get out again Easy to read, funny and well observed. so I already fake reviewed this book, but now I m going to real review it, what that means is I m going to bitch about my life first then insult the book so I read this over the weekend Oh is that the same weekend you got hit by a car thanks for asking why yes it is So friday a block from work I get hit by a car, I still go to work and I work all day I m in some pretty bad pain but 2 of the three people that teach in the other room didn t show up and the ones that did insist on working lik so I already fake reviewed this book, but now I m going to real review it, what that means is I m going to bitch about my life first then insult the book so I read this over the weekend Oh is that the same weekend you got hit by a car thanks for asking why yes it is So friday a block from work I get hit by a car, I still go to work and I work all day I m in some pretty bad pain but 2 of the three people that teach in the other room didn t show up and the ones that did insist on working like 3 hour shifts leaving my AWESOMIST assistant to teach in that room with the one person left over So anyway I work all day in sort of a daze and definitely don t meet my usual potential seeing as I can t really stand up so I call my other job HI KAREN and tell a manager that I don t think I can come in so I stay home saturday and sunday I leave once saturday to go to a movie and almost die from the pain and while I m in bed for two days I do a few things I watch tv and I read this book this book was not worth getting hit by a car this book was just barely worth turning he tv off and was mildly better than final destination 5 but not as entertaining I saw IN OFFICE HOURS being heavily advertised on the Tube during a recent trip to London and, being the author of an office based, relationship focused novel myself, felt compelled to pick it up Based on the British paperback cover design, I expected it might be something of a chick lit romp in which the topic marital infidelity was dealt with lightly, played for laughs, and or presented as something easily forgiven either by the characters involved or, at least by the reader who is privy I saw IN OFFICE HOURS being heavily advertised on the Tube during a recent trip to London and, being the author of an office based, relationship focused novel myself, felt compelled to pick it up Based on the British paperback cover design, I expected it might be something of a chick lit romp in which the topic marital infidelity was dealt with lightly, played for laughs, and or presented as something easily forgiven either by the characters involved or, at least by the reader who is privy to the whole story about why the characters do what they do Yes, there s plenty of romping But it s certainly not lightweight In fact, it s easy to see why this novel might divide people Especially those who come to it with the wrong kind of expectations, or simply don t know what to expect So what is IN OFFICE HOURS and should you read it From a plot perspective, it s a relatively straightforward telling of two mirror image affairs between high level executives and younger employees at the same energy company In one case the boss figure is a man, in the other a woman and vice versa The tale is told from the perspectives of the two female characters Bella, a working single mum, and Stella, a fast track executive playing an increasingly visible role in a highly scrutinized industry Yes, you should definitely read it BUT ONLY if you want to get up a close up view of the way rationalizations give way to madness, and lies turn into mayhem for characters who are blinded by passion and willing to put careers and family lives at stake in the process FT columnist Lucy Kellaway traces the course of these two illicit, emotional rollercoaster relationships with reporter like precision It s not a novel for those looking for hearts and flowers But a great read for those who can stomach cruelty and thorns Horrible people in horrible relationships.