Margot Lawrence was born in Zimbabwe and brought up in South Africa before moving to Britain. She has worked for many years in the charity and public sectors, where her experience of managers has provided an abundance of material for this book. She has written two books on community development, as well as articles for the Guardian, Independent and Daily Telegraph. Margot lives in south London with her family and basset hound.
What is your writing process?
I tend to put down a rush of ideas without editing them like a stream of consciousness almost. Once my thoughts are on paper, it's easier to then structure them and shape the format. When I sit down to write, I will firstly look at the material from the day before and edit it that before moving on to the next section of my book.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I can remember reading was from a book of fairy stories. I was probably five at the time. The one that struck me was a fairy tale from France. It was about a servant who was given a task by an ogre. He had to sweep out a stable, but the more he swept, the more dirt, dust and straw appeared. I feel like that now when I clean my own house!
This is a light-hearted, satirical book about our top-heavy management culture and the managers it produces. If you have suffered under the reign of a crap manager, then this is the book for you. You should recognise your own manager in the types in the book, all of whom are based on real people.