The Temp Pest

Rated 4.67/5 based on 3 reviews
The Temp Pest is the first e-book by Richard Batchelor, a comic, psychedelic, trip into the absurd, painful and strange world of temping, in which the 'hero' finds himself somewhat, shall we say, out of sync with his surroundings... More

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About Richard Batchelor

This is my first e-book and I plan many, many more. Short stories and two novels are already underway or in the pipeline. Watch this space for my first novel, TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Lackey, which I hope will be out in the summer. My only other contribution SO FAR to the indie e-book world is here on Smashwords, as co-editor of the LSD fanzine. This fantabulous bi-monthly is not to be missed! It is a joint project with the brilliant and superbly witty Australian writer Mikey Lee Ray, whose has penned two epic novels, Confessions of a Gaming Attendant and Pandora’s Market. The former, along with several other titles, is available here on Smashwords.
I am also a musician and the front man for the longstanding English rock n roll indie group Ricky Spontane. The group have released three studio albums; Spontane Time, Hit the Town and Spontane 3, and there has also been a solo album, Richard I. Look out for our stuff on Youtube and Soundcloud.


(Work Is) An Extraordinary Waste of My Incredibly valuable time
A rock and roll song by Ricky Spontane written and oft performed live during the actual Temp-pesting, and recorded shortly afterwards, pondering on the possibility of a robot relieving the Temp Pest of his duties.


Review by: Julian Masters on May 10, 2013 :
I would never have thought a diatribe on the perils of temping could be such an entertaining trip. The horrors, absurdity, fears and occasional pleasures coalesce in this right riveting read which had me laughing out loud and aghast in equal measure. The author skilfully treats us to a deluge of scenarios that you wouldn't wish on anybody, and conjures the spirit of Morrissey, Monty Python and Buster Keaton as the protagonist stumbles and bumbles from one crap job to the next, occasionally finding salvation in a well earned coffee break. Very funny and highly recommended.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Jackson Street on April 01, 2013 :
The written word can take you to the edge of the Universe, and throughout history as far as the imagination takes the author. This author takes you as far as the warehouses and factories of the North West and Midlands through the eyes of a very urban spaceman.

From a seemingly privileged position of a bohemian musician with exotic French live-in girlfriend and indestructible Nissan Micra, lack of financial success and the British welfare system throw this artistic gent into the harsh reality of the humble temp worker...that essential cog in the economic system that appears to have progressed little since Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times.

As the story progresses it meanders in a Fellini-esque manner with short anecdotal stories ,and occasional philosophical observations, from a man seeking to swim against the tide in the midst of a sea of boredom and repetition, meeting a mixture of sociopaths and psychopaths, while making brief friendships with wise and gentle colleagues who would not appear out of place in an epic story by Homer.

As a resident of the UK, I found the story a pleasant and enjoyable read. Certain chapters were sharp,well written and full of humour as horror,the Murder in Sefton Park being a prime example, and signs of promise for future fictional works. Some areas did lack adequate exposition by the author. One example being the story of the two 'bumblers' in Gravelly Hill. Are they selfish sociopaths or Laurel and Hardy? Difficult to tell. The author writes about them with affection but the cavalier way one of them smashes their parent's car window would indicate a darker more selfish attitude in the character at odds with his sympathetic portrayal in the story. Perhaps I missed something?

This unfortunately cost the story its fifth star for this review. But despite these few flaws the story was an enjoyable read and thoroughly recommended. I look forward to future works with anticipation.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Mikey Lee Ray on March 03, 2013 :
For those of you who wish to bitch
About your nine to five job please spare a thought for Rich.
His humorous, painful tale's one of comedy and woe.
Drawing from Greek legends which some of you may know.
With biting satire, sarcasm and wit
One can only assume The Temp Pest will be a hit. (I do my bit). - Mikey

P.S. the football match had me in hysterics.
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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