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      12.09.2009 22:55
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      If you are looking for something humourous and different, this may be it

      This is a very funny and inventive novel which tells the story of fictional advertising agency, Miller Shanks, during the run-up to their pitch for the Coca Cola account. When this book was first published in 2000, there was apparently much speculation in the advertising world as to who the characters were based on. You have to pity these individuals if they do exist because the characters in this book are a bizarre bunch of people ranging from completely inept to pretty unlikeable.

      There is no real story to the book, instead it is pretty much just a catalogue of mishaps and misadventures: the CEO accidentally copies all of his emails to the Helsinki office of Miller Shanks, the breast implants of a model explode on a flight to Mauritius for a shoot, and so on.

      The unusual thing about this story is that it is told entirely by the emails sent between various workers in the company. Because of this I found it difficult at first to keep track of all the characters. However once you have got your head around who is who, this format works very well because you get to see the same events from the perspective of several different characters.

      The other reason this book works so well is because it is so funny. The way in which it is written prevents the reader from becoming attached to the characters but since the jokes come thick and fast, the book never becomes boring.

      The author has taken the opportunity presented by the format of the book to expose the backstabbing that goes on within the ad agency and this makes the book even more interesting. The novel exploits the fact that most people will be able to recognise the people they work with as characters in this book although the characters here are more exaggerated which adds to the humour.

      Although this book does not have an especially inventive or captivating story, its characters more than make up for this and the chance to observe their actions without knowing what they are thinking makes a refreshing change. This is an extremely humourous and enjoyable novel and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read something different but which covers familiar ground.

      A sequel to this book, entitled 'e squared' was published earlier this year. I have not yet read this but hope to get my hands on it soon as it seems to have had some good reviews. There was also an earlier and shorter sequel published in 2000 called 'The e before Christmas'.

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        12.05.2008 14:32
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        Very funny book.

        This is a very funny book written entrely as a series of e-mails sent between employees of an advertising agency based in London.

        For anyone who has worked in an office then this is an hilarious idea for a book as it brings to life the back biting and gossip that pervades a company.

        The fictional company in question is called Miller Shanks who have just put in a bid for the Coca Cola account which is a huge step up for them and it soon becomes obvious that the egos at play in this company are so big that they have lost their grasp on reality when you find out that there current clients consist of a soft porn TV channel and a sanitary towel maker.

        David Crutton is the bulling head of the company who is very curt with everyone around him. There is a complete lack of loyalty at the company with everyone looking out for themselves, the creative team are more intent on either getting their leg over or getting hammered on drugs and alcohol while the creative director has run dry on ideas and resorts to stealing those of job applicants. dd to this a bunch of secretaries who are total bitches and you have the ingredients for a funny book indeed.

        It is also an easy book to follow and it is very fast paced, ideal for a sunny afternoon with a nice cold drink.

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          22.07.2007 19:00
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          The first and best novel written in E-Mail form.

          There are some ideas so brilliantly simple that you wonder why no-one had thought of them before. Writing a book in the form of E-Mails was one such idea and with E-Mails now such a widespread form of communication, even more so than when “E” was first published in 2000, it seems such an obvious thing to do. You can always tell the strength of an idea by how many imitations it spawns and the release of “Who Moved My Blackberry?” five years on suggests the idea is still a popular one.

          “E” follows an important month in the life of a London advertising agency, Miller Shanks. They are battling to come up with the ideas that will win them a huge contract to be in charge of the advertising for Coca-Cola in the UK. This is a contract that would make Miller Shanks a major player, although they still need to keep up with their current business. This involves coming up with adverts for Mako Cars and Freedom Catalogues, as well as shooting an advert for the LOVE Adult Channel, featuring many topless women on the island of Mauritius.

          Starting with the new Millennium, we are introduced to both the main characters and the advertising industry quite early on, thanks to their E-Mails. We meet the “lads” in the office, Brett, Liam and Vince, who have no morals, no secrets and no shame. The morals are made up for by Pinki, who comes across as a modern day hippy with well formed ideals objecting to pretty much any product or company that Miller Shanks represents.

          There is also the CEO, David Crutton, who is determined that everyone will take the blame for whatever goes wrong but him, and there’s plenty of blame to be apportioned. There is Simon Horne, who gets by on stealing everyone else’s ideas and passing them off as his own and Daniel Westbrooke, who thinks he is more important than he is. Not to mention the secretarial staff who don’t need looks that kill as they’re more than happy to do it in hand to hand combat.

          We follow the first vital month of the millennium at Miller Shanks through their E-Mails; both personal and business; to their mates in the office and to superiors; work related and otherwise. It is obvious quite early on that Miller Shanks operates an office that works on the principles enshrined in Murphy’s Law; usually, anything that can go wrong already did.

          For anyone who works in an office, many of the things that happen at Miller Shanks will be things you’ll recognise. Things like other people, usually managers, taking the credit for your work, managers getting upset when things go wrong, clients taking their business elsewhere and secretaries trying to kill each other. You’ll also recognise some of the language that colleagues use to each other and certain people’s habits of signing E-Mails the same way and over using exclamation marks.

          If you’ve ever worked in advertising, you’ll probably recognise a lot more than this; some of the events themselves will probably seem familiar. For those who don’t, there is at least a slight explanation as to how the standard advertising office should work given to a new member of staff. Whilst the character is clearly only there for this reason, it did give me all the information I really needed to know to not feel left behind when the characters were actually talking about the work they do; not that this happened terribly often.

          Once this is out of the way, what you end up with is something ridiculously funny. Admittedly, it’s mostly quite juvenile humour in parts, something that teenage boys would snigger at, or the lads would find hilarious after a couple of drinks. These would be the main target groups for the book, I would imagine, but there is just about enough here for the book to provide amusement to anyone outside these groups. If you’ve ever worked in an office, regardless of your gender, you’ll recognise some of the behaviours and mishaps here and more than likely be amused by them, as I was.

          The style helps make “E” as enjoyable as it is, as the way it is presented in terms of E-Mails, most of which are very short, means we’re dashing from one mishap to another very quickly. There aren’t any events or characters that take up enough space all at once, so you don’t tend to get bored of them. It helps that the characters are well enough drawn that you can start to like or hate some of them. Although they’re really a bit too laddish for my tastes, I do think it would be a laugh going out for a drink with Liam, Brett and Vince and I’m not sure I would find myself with anything in common with Pinki.

          This is a very readable book, largely thanks to the style it’s written in. The individual E-Mails are generally quite short, which encourages you to read the next one and the next and they rush past you without even noticing how many you’ve read. It helps that with some of them being the people who would write advertising slogans, many of them have an entertaining turn of phrase which means there are a number of good lines appearing from out of nowhere to surprise you into laughter. This also means that it’s a book that can be read more than once, as I keep spotting funny moments that I’d either forgotten or missed the first time around, as they can all get buried in together.

          You will require some suspension of disbelief to fully enjoy this as, while I can believe that all of these incidents may have happened at some point in Beaumont’s advertising career, they couldn’t possibly have occurred in such a short space of time. For me, however, this proved quite easy, as the style lends itself to not taking the book too seriously and once I’d started getting into it, I was more concerned with what stupid thing was going to happen next, rather than worrying about how real it all was.

          I’m such a big fan of this book, I actually bought it twice; paying around £5.99 for my original copy and replacing that for 80 pence from a charity shop after I lent that to someone who never returned it. Even now, several years and many reads later, I wouldn’t begrudge paying £5.59 from Amazon, but with copies from a penny in the Amazon Marketplace and from 99 pence on eBay, suddenly this is a book that becomes incredibly good value for the amusement it provides to any fan of slightly juvenile humour.

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            01.11.2005 20:48
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            Comedy

            Set in the world of advertising e is the story of the Miller Shanks agency while it attempts to win the prestigious Pepsi account.

            This is a very funny book indeed and well worth reading.

            What makes it different is that the entire story from begginning to end is told through a series of e-mails which the employees send to each other.

            At first I did not think this would work but it is just perfect and very clever. It gives a great opportunity to show the huge egos amongst the senior management and the bitchyness and back stabbing that takes place in the office as people try to further their careers whilst doing as little work as possible.

            All of the characters are over the top, there is the tyrannical boss who rules by fear, the slimey creep who thinks nothing of stealing other peoples ideas, the draughtsman with a social conscience who finds a moral fault with all of the clients of the company and two of the writers who spend their time getting drunk and attempting to seduce the female employees.

            This is a very easy book to read and it is very hard to put down with some great humour that will have you laughing out loud in places. Highly recommended.

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              03.07.2004 23:35
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              e is one of the funniest books that I have ever had the pleasure to read. The e is not a reference to the drug (for that you need to read work by Irvine Walsh) but the form of communication which has made the memo virtually obsolete in the work place and without which I?m not sure what I would do with the part of my working life not spent in meetings or at lunch meetings or in meetings about the need to organise a more important meeting. This is the first book my Matt Beaumont and is innovative in that the entire story is told through e-mail, this format makes the book a really easy and addictive read and also means that it stands up to repetitive reads as each time I have read this book (three times and counting) I have discovered something new to laugh at. Set in an advertising company Miller Shanks the action takes place in the London Office. The story opens with a message to all the employees from the CEO David Crutton thanking them for coming in on a bank holiday to prepare for the agencies pitch for the Coca-Cola account. It is a typical ra-ra e-mail with glowing references to the agencies rise to being the 33rd agency clients says they would most like to work with. Crutton is a real piece of work, a tin pot dictator and bully who cannot understand why all his e-mails end up being sent to his opposite number in Helsinki. The characters in this book are excellent, full of people who extol no positive virtues at all, the incompetent head of client services, the creative director who has not had a creative thought in over 10 years and either recycles old campaign ideas or steals those of others through to the back biting secretaries and the debauched creative teams who spend their time drinking, drug taking and womanising. One of the successes of this technique of using e-mails to tell the story is that it enables Beaumont to introduce a large number of characters quickly and allows the reader to understand their character within the co
              ntent of the first e-mail that they send. As the story unfolds the agency try to balance the demands of their existing clients; The Love Channel, a sanitary towel maker and a company that manufactures cars in the Philippines with the all important Coke pitch. Calamity follows fast on the tracks of disaster as the blame is passed around like a hot potato. This is a very clever book, often it is whom the e-mail is addressed to and who is CC or BCC in that sets the tone of the text as well as the follow up e-mail that tells the counter view of the recipient. This book certainly strikes a chord with the reader if you have worked in an e-mail dominated company, whether it is a true reflection of life in an advertising agency is another matter. Would I recommend this book you bet, the only surprising fact for me is that I have not yet read the follow up to this book although by all accounts this is the better of the two. The RRP is £5.99 but you can pick up a used copy from Amazon from 50p. Happy reading

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                09.11.2001 17:47
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                I didn't want to read this book. It looked like th sort of bilge you see people reading on the train, smiling at in a trendy way, making sure everyone can see they're reading the latest thing. It seemed too pat, too much of a quick way to bang out a novel which would catch the theme of the last few years. Like some sort of Jeffrey Archer for twenty-somethings. But I was wrong. It's not achingly clever, it's not astonishing and it's not going to win highbrow awards. But it is very very funny, the emails are worth reading and the characters are pretty good too. I'll be reading Beaumont again.

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                  27.09.2001 20:45
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                  Have you ever used email at work? Yes? Well you will love this book! E (A Novel) is kind of a new concept in novels as the entire story is told via inter-office emails. It starts off with an email from David Crutton, the CEO of Miller Shanks, to his secretary telling her to get her butt in there now. A few emails later she has lost her job, and this is pretty much how the novel continues. Backstabbing, irrational, two-faced, flirting and breakdowns. Just like any other office really! Miller Shanks is an advertising firm who are pitching for the Coca Cola marketing contract. Via the emails you are introduced to all the members of the company. One nice thing about the book is how all of the characters get pretty much even coverage. At first the book is a little difficult to follow and you keep having to flick backwards to check who people are. However, you soon become accustomed to the characters and then the fun begins! Most of the tale is told on a subliminal level as you read into the story from various people's opinions of what is going on. One brilliant feature is the way workers will badmouth the boss' ideas to their colleagues the immediately send an email to the boss praising his brilliant perception. Ass-kissing, lying and bitchiness are rife throughout Miller Shanks as well as some saucy goings on over the boss' desk! One of the funnier storylines is the error on the CEO's PC which copies every email he sends to Pertti Van Helden - The CEO of Miller Shanks in Finland. Perrti being a jolly sort of guy always replies and offers his advice which only serves to drive David Crutton insane! As you read on the IT department change 'Heads of IT' like you or I would change our underwear! One of my favourite characters is Nigel Godley, the accounts clerk who is addicted to QVC and uses the work email as a means of selling his unwanted purchases. When chastised for clogging up the internal email syste
                  m Nigel believes he is about to be fired and becomes a martyr to the cause of free speech. Hilarious! Suzi Judge-Davis is another one to watch as the psychotic secretary to Simon Horne, Head of Client Services. Pinki Fallon(?) is a creative with a heart who frequently takes a moral stance on issues. For example refusing to help with the Coke pitch because of their company beliefs. Sometimes right, sometimes plain quirky but always fun is the best way to describe her! As each of the emails shows From, To, Time & Date and Copies. Some of the beast laughs can be had by simply noticing who is being blind copied on a mail, or noticing how a change of tune has happened two minutes later! There are also the standard interoffice jokes flying around: ?How many account directors does it take to change a light bulb?? ?How many would the client like it to take?? Although the novel only spans just over two weeks in the life of Miller Shanks, it is by no means short of content or laughs! I could barely put this one down and frequently found myself laughing aloud. I wont spoil it any more because I really think you should read this one! The official website of Miller Shanks is listed as www.millershanks.com in the book, although it doesn't seem to be working at the moment. Incidentally the follow up novel 'The E Before Christmas' is available through amazon.co.uk for only £2.99! ~ Update ~ I got this back a couple of weeks ago after all of my friend's had read it, so I read it again and it's just as funny the second time around. In fact, like a good film, you find bits that you missed on the first read. I really would recommend this book to anyone who has used email in a work place - it's hysterical!

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                    23.07.2001 21:16
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                    e, in this case, stands for e-mail. That one letter more or less describes the whole book since it was written entirely in form of e-mails. In the beginning this was quite confusing, as the characters were not introduced to you, instead you were thrown in and had to discover for yourself what was going on. After a while, however, you begin to get the first glimpse of the intrigues and two-faced bitchiness characterizing this office enviroment. The book tells the story of an advertising agency desperately bidding for the Coca-Cola contract. "Desperately" because neither the company nor the staff seem to have any sort of morals (with the odd exception) when it comes to getting what they want. We learn of office affairs, drugs, perversions, back-stabbing etc. but all told with a kind of sympathy for the characters that makes it hard not to feel for and with them. After a slow start I began to really enjoy reading this book. Unfortunately some of it reminded me of my own work place, so I now now walk around all paranoid, constantly thinking if what people just told me was actually the truth. This is mainly due to the fact that this book is exceptionally well written, but also due to the life-like people that annoy you and appeal to you at the same time. Definitely worth a read!

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                      18.05.2001 06:26
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                      Why not read a book written entirely in them? That's what i told myself anyway, i was in a bit of a book-buying craze when i saw this on the shelf. Well you can't miss it can you? Purple and a massive fluorescent 'E' on it, it pulls your hand toward it. i read a little bit in the shop, and i wasn't too taken with it, the writing seemed flat and dull. But it was in tesco, and it was only £3.84. So i thought "Why not?" i didn't regret it, it's the story of a fictional advertising company - Millershanks. Populated by huge egos, and backstabbing office politic types. The fact that it is told through each persons personal emails you get to form an image of the type of person they are, and it becomes quite fascinating... As well as very amusing. One of those books that i read in a few days, having to force myself to put it down to eat and sleep, i just had to know what happened next. A funny, gossipy, slang, more funny book. Well worth it, he released a small follow up for christmas last year (much appreciated by me).. not quite as good, only small, but a decent fix. i just want MORE!

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                        I initially approached this book with a great deal of suspicion. A "novel" written entirely in emails? Hmm. Doesn't sound promising. In fact it sounds like an attempt to cash in on the trend towards "e-everything" without actually needing any writing skill. I needn't have worried. "e" is an excellent novel, well written and very, very funny. It begins on Monday 3rd Jan 2000 (don't worry, there's nothing explicitly millennial here) and covers a period of approximately two weeks. The setting is the London branch of the multinational Miller Shanks advertising agency and the story follows them as they pitch for their biggest ever client: Coca Cola. Needless to say things go terribly wrong, not just on the Coke pitch but also the other jobs that the agency is working on. One of these involves flying out to a tropical island to film an advert for a cable sex channel; a dream job that rapidly turns in to a nightmare for those involved. These and the other stories of the two weeks are told in a collection of emails between the parties concerned. A lot of humour derives from the two-faced nature of these, for example an email to one person being followed by a totally contradictory email to that person's boss. There is also fun to be had seeing who is blind copied on various emails. In Miller Shanks, backs exist to be stabbed. Just to add to the chaos, the CEO finds his emails being inadvertently cc'd to his counterpart in Finland! The cast of characters from the agency includes a bullying CEO, incompetent middle management, over-sexed creatives and bitchy secretaries. There's even the dull workaholic who is always in the office offering to lend people pens. I've never worked in advertising, however from years spent in corporate offices I recognise them all. Given the limitations of the medium, Beaumont does a wonderful job of bringing them to life. In a book su
                        ch as this it is even more important than usual that each have a distinct "voice". It doesn't take long before you can identify the characters from their emails alone without needing the headers. I suppose that the concept of "e" isn't really *that* new. Stories based on an exchange of letters have been around for years, though these are rarely longer than novellas. Perhaps the reason for this is that this form breaks the fundamental rule of writing: "show don't tell". Almost by definition, an exchange of communications can only ever tell us what happened not show it. It shouldn't work - yet it does. email has an advantage over traditional letters here in that it is believable for people to be exchanging short, sharp emails rapidly as a situation unfolds, bringing an unexpected sense of immediacy. Beaumont does occasionally have to stretch credulity a little to explain why people are emailing things rather than telephoning, however he generally gets away with it. "e" is part comedy of manners, part satire and much farce. Overall it's a hilarious novel. ISBN: 0-00-710068-X

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                          18.01.2001 05:51
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                          Did you receive e-mail from Bradley Chait and Claire Swire too? If you did, and you found it just as funny as I (with all the follow-ups too), then this is a book you will absolutely adore. I did. ‘e’ is composed entirely of e-mails sent between employees and associates of an advertising agency that has it’s head firmly wedged up it’s own nether regions and is acutely unaware of the impending disaster that is their bid for the Coca Cola marketing contract. Surrounding this, they have to pull together various other contracts that look like imploding in on themselves, such as “The Love Channel”(during which they manage to recover from a near nightmare involving Gloria Hunniford of all people!), and so on. While the writing style is very lazy, and very much what you’d get in a real office with real e-mails. One wonders if Matt simply dumped the contents of someone’s mail server for a couple of months, and filtered out the crap and ended up with this book! That is not to say it’s not entertaining – it’s very good. It’s unique. Small bite sized e-mails with a wit that can only be described as evil, and a plot that unfolds like any good British farce. Comedy moments include, one character having previously gone off with a third party, being chastised by his girlfriend, a temp called Zoe, is represented by one e-mail being sent by her friend (another employee) telling her subtly that her boyfriend was up to no good – two e-mails down the page, we have the head of personnel asking for a new keyboard for a keyboard that has had Nail polish spilt all over it! It’s not gripping, it’s just an addictive read. You may grow tired of the format after a few pages, but stuck with it – it is going to hook you! I would cautiously recommend this book! (And it’s shorter follow-up – the e-before Christmas – which similarl
                          y follows this advertising agency just after they recovered from the above mess!)

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                            10.12.2000 11:30
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                            ‘E’ is a book composed completely of e-mails. That alone will put some people off as you need to concentrate pretty closely to keep up to speed with the story. Yes, the story. The book is interesting, true to life and incredibly funny in places, as well as bein gone of those books that you just cannot put down. You really need to find out what happens next with Harriet Greenbaum’s constant bitching and backstabbing and it’s the sort of book that’ll keep you up until 3am, until you realise that you have to go to your own office in a couple of hours! Well and truly worth every penny and I look forward to reading more from this author.

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                              02.12.2000 01:41
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                              When I first heard of this book, I thought it sounded very gimmicky and had no interest in reading it. However when I read some of the customer reviews on book websites and from friends, I was impressed. Almost every reader said they found it hilarious and would award the book a near perfect score. Based on these rave reviews I bought the book and, while it was a little confusing to begin with, I loved it. I laughed out loud countless times and I genuinely didn't want the book to end. There are some amazing incidents in here, featuring Coca Cola, Aqua, Gloria Hunniford and Britain's favourite porn channel. They really have to be read to be believed. The characters can all be recognised by the reader, even if they've never worked in an office. Having said that, the author never lapses into stereotypes, instead providing hilariously believable characters like Pertti Vanhelden, the britcom loving Finnish advertising executive and Pinki who has two things no adwoman should have - underarm hair and a conscience. Add to that Nigel (who uses e-mails to flog sandwich toasters), Susi (a luvvie secretary) and back-stabbing snob Simon (who thinks of Genesis as cutting edge music) and you've got a diverse range of utterly hiolaruous and impeccably written characters. The one disadvantage would be that it is a little short but there's always "The E before Christmas" which has just been published. And in true cutting edge style it can be downloaded as an e-book. Truly e-xcellent. (Oh please, I had to get a pun in somewhere).

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                                29.10.2000 18:47
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                                What an outrageously funny book this is! A great mixture of laugh out loud and tongue in cheek humour, this book really is fabulous entertainment and a thoroughly enjoyable read! What makes this book even better fun is that fact that every person can imagine the situations described and the fact that they could well be real and true to life makes them even funnier! If you work in an office environment then you simply have to read this excellent book, and even if you do not, the humour is still very relevant making this a truly side-splitting read that deservedly rides high in the charts! With prices being so incredibly low (I picked my copy up for less than five pounds online) this book is simply sheer brilliance and great value for money. While the book is only 350 pages, it won’t take you long, but I can promise you will enjoy every single page of this fabulously funny book. While its structure and even content is somewhat strange in terms of content (the book is full of e-mails!) it is highly original and provided you can adapt to how this book is written, you are in for a very good time when it comes to reading it.

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                                  12.10.2000 20:29
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                                  'e' The novel of liars, lunch and lost knickers by Matt Beaumont & published by Harper Collins [ISBN 0-00-710068-X] The book 'e' is described as "a tapestry of insincerity, backstabbing and bare-face bitchiness - just everyday office politics", and that's exactly what it is! Right up my street! This book instantly grabbed my attention. Its font was bright orange in colour, on a vivid purple background and was full of computer icons mimicking a typical Windows environment on any PC. The icons (networking, team building, motivation & career) were funny. Networking was a symbolised with two sets of feet, one set facing upwards with the other inside, facing downwards (say no more!). Team building was symbolised as a man with a dagger in his back. Motivation's icon was of someone popping a cork from a champagne bottle. The career was an icon of a toilet. The words 'liars', 'lunch' and 'lost knickers' also quickly grabbed my attention. If this was just the front cover! What would the rest of the book be like? Inside the author, Matt Beaumont, is described as "a copywriter fired from some of London's leading ad agencies". If Beaumont was willing to speak his mind regardless of the consequences this would add to the expectation and excitement towards 'e'. I knew that this book was for me! 'e' in the title stands for emails! This book entirely made up of emails of the all the employees of a London advertising agency, Millershanks. It starts on the 3rd January 2000 in the dawning of a new millennium. All emails are listed in chronological order. The scene is set at Millershanks who fighting hard to win and maintain three major ad contracts, the crème-de-la-creme being the 'Coke campaign', not forgetting the major 'LOVE' shoot, for Britain's leading soft porn channel. The emails hit you fast and hard with amazing hi
                                  larity and frivolity right from the beginning and throughout the book. The employees drag themselves into the office at the start of the new millennium; most of them are still hung over from their drunken escapades from the New Year celebrations. Their behaviour and attitudes don't improve from then on in! You can then understand why not everyone shares the same enthusiasm for the new millennium as the Millershanks' Chief Executive Officer (CEO). This is the man charmed in "Joseph Stalin School of Management" skills, much to his PAs' disgust. His diplomatic management skills are equally matched by his IT skills. His entire 'all department' emails usually ends up carbon copied (cc'ed) to Millershanks Finland! Enter stage (email) left, Pertti Van Helden, Millershank CEO Finland. This amazingly funny Finnish man still stuck in a 70s/80s British television/Eurovision time warp wrapped up with the usual element of Euro speak! This infuriates Crutton (commonly referred to as 'Cretin' by all his employees), the London CEO! His wrath and fury are quick to get distributed to all those he sense are responsible! Most of Millershanks London have email and use it with great gusto. PAs bitch between themselves. When they aren't bitching they are doing lunch! Enter Pinki, a "copywriter with two things no ad-woman shouldn't ever let show - underarm hair and a conscience!" Pinki, the ageing hippie with a conscience, has bags full of talent but any work which goes against her principles she is quick to refuse, even if it means standing up for her rights and resigning. Emails of resignations, firings and employee relations are stretched to the very limit, as Rachel head of the company's personal department is quick to find out. Daniel, Head of Accounts, holds himself as 'an important member' of Millershanks, just a shame no one else does! Talking of people with no respe
                                  ct, Simon Horne is Head of the Creative Department. Balding fat, middle aged, married, two children, addicted to prescribed drugs, not an ounce of creative talent (strange being Head of the Creative Department), quick to grab the glory, quick to add the knife and steal ideas. He also has a strange and perverted passion for lady-boys, especially on his office table in the middle of the night! Simon's has an equally wet (maniac depressive) PA, Susi Judge-Davis (otherwise known as Judge Dread to the office PAs). Her task is to keep Simon happy all times not that anyone else gives a damn! The Creative team consists of Liam, Vin (technophobe) and Brett are the Millershanks' 'lads'. The laddish humour and actions from these guys is pure genius. These lads are the office jokers. They are all involved, with the exception of Vin who can't work his Mac, in all the office wind-ups, they email the rude jokes, swear, party, drink, do lunch, hit on the office Pas (all except Susi - they have taste!) and participate in as much sex as possible but don't they do love - unless it's the soft porn shoot for the cable company LOVE! No office is without the office do-gooder and in Millershanks case this is Nigel (Nige to his friends)! NIGEL is quick to offer all the departments his help, exciting colours of paperclips and articles for sale. Zoe, Cretin's PA, is a good laugh and is bitchiness personified, especially when Susi is involved! I found this book to be initially confusing with it entirely email based. After a while you get into the swing of things, mainly because of the bitchiness, backstabbing and humour. You get to know the ins and outs of all characters pretty much from the beginning. The books flows extremely well and will have you hooked almost immediately. Having worked at a company where most forms of communication were email-based, I related well with this form of communication, the characters and the humour. Th
                                  e book is full of belly splitting laughs right from the start and right the way throughout. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys office humour; who has worked in a similar agency/office environment; and/or likes adult humour, jokes, bitchiness, back stabbing and an element of swearing (not all that strong surprisingly enough). I picked this book up in Asda for £3.99 and it RRP is £6.99. It was a good £3.99 well spent!

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                                  A story told entirely through staff emails.