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All Day Long

All Day Long

Publisher Serpent's Tail
Year 01/01/2016
Edition First
Pages 304
Version paperback
Readership level General/trade
Language English
ISBN 9781781251881
Categories Sociology: work & labour
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Nearly all of us have to work, but how much do we really know about what other people do all day? What is it like to be a fishmonger, a sex worker or an Orthodox rabbi? Or a banker, a research scientist or a carer? How do our jobs affect our lives, beliefs and happiness? And what happens when we don't work? Joanna Biggs has travelled the country to find the answers, talking to interns and bosses, professionals and entrepreneurs, thinkers and doers. She takes us from Westminster to the Outer Hebrides, from a hospital in Wales to the industrial Midlands, introducing us to different worlds of work and the people who inhabit them. Rich with the voices of the wealthy and poor, native and immigrant, women and men of the UK in the twenty-first century, All Day Long shows us who we are through what we do. Detailed, quirky and faithful in its likeness, yet simmers with the artist's rage at the unfairness of it all ... an intelligent, surprising and elegantly written book. -- Lucy Kellaway * FT * Biggs has a lovely, calm, measured style, with just a hint of menace behind it - like a tour guide in a stately home who suddenly pulls out a baseball bat and just holds it there, smiling. -- Julie Burchill Biggs is both an acute listener and a fine writer, and the combination makes her book a consistent and informative joy. -- Tim Adams * Observer * It feels like a good time to publish a book about work ... Biggs's quick eye and ease with description make her a lovely observer ... the potent, finely drawn impression it leaves is of workers sweating away in their own separate worlds, some happily, some not, most of them accepting of their lot. -- Andy Beckett * Guardian * A bravura study of our working nation ... a subtle, observant, quiet, devastating book -- Yasmin Alibhai-Brown * Independent * Joanna Biggs offers an excellent contribution to our knowledge of the world of work in all its variety - not through tedious sociological analysis (thank goodness), but through the stories of real people she has interviewed all over the country. Reading this book reminds me how times have changed dramatically since my generation left school or college in the Sixties with no worries about finding a job. We were lucky. -- Bel Mooney * Daily Mail * Biggs traces her wider narrative with a light touch, without using her interviews as a soapbox. Instead she lets the sad, funny, inspiring and alarming stories they tell take centre stage. -- Anthony Cummins * Metro * A compelling read and easy to dip into, with pithy vignettes ... The book rewa

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