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Book Review: Carole Matthews' ' The Christmas Party'


There’s the inevitable prospect at this time of year of the avalanche of overly comfortable Christmas reads, because, well, it’s expected. They’re to get you in the mood for the festivities if you’re not already inundated from watching the many stomach-churning celebratory commercials of goody-laden tables screened during nearly every telly advert break. And, if you’re office based, there’s going to be the Office Christmas Party, the occasion that Matthews takes as her backdrop to seasonal shenanigans.

It’s inevitable, the annual occasion when the boss lets his or her hair down; you can (maybe) take liberties and even do silly things. The problem arises when matters get out of hand; Louise, the devoted single mum, usually manages to adroitly avoid the boss’s sticky hands, but then the pretty new dress, the free-flowing champagne and the ultimate silliness seem to get in the way . . . The boss’s wife should be loyal, but is she?

Office politics can surface, even in the magnificent party venue (a thinly disguised Waddesdon Manor) and there’s an odd feeling that a rather tragic game of ‘musical chairs’ is being played with the top jobs and even the Manor suffers .As a page turner read, this plot works fine but be aware your own office party may seem rather dull in comparison. Just don’t get drunk and take care the morning after doesn’t take a life-changing turn as debts may have to be honoured . . . .

Review written by Bruce Edwards

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