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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion; Reprint edition (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401308910
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401308919
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 5.1 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,420,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Acutely and hilariously observed. If there's one book every ambitious manager should read it's this one." -- Evening Standard, London

"He's obnoxious, but Martin's delusions are so unmistakably real that they'll make you laugh till your eyes water . . ." -- Fortune

"If there is any justice in the world, this book should become an instant classic." -- Financial Times magazine, London

"Much funnier than the contents of any actual out-box." -- New York Times

"This funny and perceptive novel cannot be recommended too highly." -- London Sunday Times

About the Author

Lucy Kellaway is a regular columnist at the Financial Times of London. She created the character Martin Lukes in that column, the Financial Times' most popular.

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This is a fun book - very funny.
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He is a clueless would-be comedian who's ambitious in the most absurd ways.
Bart King
I enjoyed this book so much that I finished reading it within a day.
K. W. Schreiter

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David Rasquinha on January 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I have long been addicted to the Financial Times and Lucy Kellaway's weekly column (Martin.Lukes@a-bglobal.com) on the doings and misdoings of Martin Lukes is one of the many high points of this excellent newspaper.

We have all - well most of us - known a Martin Lukes in our own offices as well. Obsessed with himself to the exclusion of all others, he blunders ahead with the finesse of a bull, frequently stumbling into a mess, yet somehow managing to extricate himself unbowed, if a little bloodied. Lucy Kellaway also has Lukes fall for every new corporate fad or trend, be it serious or merely the flavor of the month. Thus Lukes acquires a life coach (complete with the latest jargon), is caught up in corporate re-branding, dabbles with his version of corporate social responsibility and even dips a toe into outsourcing business processes to India. In the process Kellaway has great fun in parodying some of the wilder excesses of these corporate herd movements.

This book is no searching examination of business or corporate life so do not look for any major insights. It is a light-hearted dig, best enjoyed over a weekend or while waiting for a connecting flight. For regular readers of Kellaway's column, there will obviously be some déjà vu - still it is good to have several columns put together in this book. I have reduced a star more out of a personal preference - I found the humor in the weekly columns like a dash of sauce; however reading the book in a few sittings seems to dampen the flavor with some amount of overkill. All in all, a nice read for yourself or a good casual gift to a friend or business colleague.

Incidentally, the US edition cover in garish orange is a disaster and will turn away many readers. I much prefer the understated British cover with the Post-it Notes and comments.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Simon Withers on January 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I once read a book (Beyond Beef by Jeremy Rifkin) that claimed the level of bovine excreta was becoming a danger to the planet's environment. Lucy Kellaway is a journalist who has long been concerned about this problem in the corporate environment.

Her creation, Martin Lukes, is well known to readers of the Financial Times. He's an arrogant, selfish, self-obsessed, insecure and ambitious marketing director in the London office of a fictitious Fortune 500 company. By publishing a collection of his emails each week, she allows us to follow his rollercoaster career and personal life, and his adoption of every corporate and marketing fad that comes along.

Martin Lukes compensates for his limited intelligence and talent with unbounded ambition. His relentless clawing up the corporate pole and poor judgement often lead to disaster, but somehow he survives and moves forward.

We all know at least one Martin Lukes. That is why the column has proved to be both compelling and amusing. Lucy Kellaway, through Martin, also introduces us to a collection of recognisable corporate and domestic characters, and fires round after round into the mumbo-jumbo that passes for strategy and public relations in some companies. I mainly cringed, often smiled and sometimes laughed out loud while reading her book.

"Who Moved My Blackberry" is a reworking of Martin Luke's weekly emails into a 13 month December to December book which, like a diary, tells the story of his life over a year. For those who read the weekly column in the FT, it could be a little too much. Whereas one column is an amusing weekly read in an otherwise dry newspaper, nearly 400 pages in book form is probably a bit much.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. W. Schreiter VINE VOICE on December 30, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Lucy Kellaway's fictional 'Martin Lukes' character is the delightfully vapid, narcissistic director of marketing at a-b global who appears in Thursday editions of London's Financial Times newspaper. This book compiles a year's worth of Martin's columns in a series of e-mails and text messages. Instead of doing actual work, Martin flatters superiors, flirts with personal assistants and offers unsolicited self-promotion to everyone. He hires CoachworX! for an Executive Bronze Life Coaching Program to 'achieve performance levels that are 22.5 percent better than the very best I can be.'

a-b global's CEO gives a speech to staff and investors from a golf course as the share price plummets and signs his e-mails 'I love you all'. The firm spends over $20 million on Project Rebrand and hires 12 rebranding consultants from Beyond the Box, but eventually obtains its new name from employee suggestions generated during a corporate 'on line jamming session'. Martin then spearheads the ill-fated Project Boxer Shorts to publicly donate obsolete corporate apparel featuring the old logo to homeless shelters.

I enjoyed this book so much that I finished reading it within a day. Hopefully another year's worth of material will be collected into a sequel.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Wyss on October 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
If you've read this far in the reviews you already know this book is a satire on corporate work life. But as a connoisseur and practitioner of sarcasm and anything black that can possibly poke fun at Life's Absurdities I have to tell you this book is one of the funniest things I've seen or read since Seinfeld or the original Saturday Night Live series.

If you are frustrated and disgusted with lazy bosses, full-of-themselves co-workers and clueless subordinates this book, about Martin Lukes, the quintessential Bozo of All Workplaces, was written just for you.

Read it and weap...? Nah, read it and laugh. Out loud.

Thank you Lucy Kellaway. I think I can make it through another day at work now.
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