For my first Torch Under The Covers recommendation I’m going for “Not Working” by Lisa Owens.
Claire is a late twenties professional in London with a successful boyfriend, her own flat and a gang of mates. She’s living the Young Professional London Dream. So when she quits her job to “find herself”, she doesn’t expect to find that she’s not sure who she really is.
Why’s it a Torch Under The Covers read?
Quite simply, it’s hilarious. Lisa Owens nails all the cruddiness of London living with a dry wit that will have you laughing with Claire and biting back winces of recognition. My favourite was the description of the phone panic which surely I am not the only one to indulge in twenty times day. The description of the “cool oblong” of Claire’s phone in her bag is one of those phrases which you can’t get out of your head.
It’s also a page turner because you care about Claire. She’s fallible and real and you want her to succeed. Just as soon as she’s worked out what she wants.
How quickly did I read it?
2 evenings! I even ignored Making A Murderer. That’s how page-turning it was.
Thanks to Pan Macmillan for approving my request to read this on NetGalley.