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The Momentous, Uneventful Day: a requiem for the office Paperback – 10 December 2020

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  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 144 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1913348709
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1913348700
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‘In his new book, Gideon Haigh goes beyond the banal exterior of the office and examines how they’ve shaped our cities, culture and collective history … In this deeply researched and engaging analysis, Haigh ponders if this is just a glimpse of things to come.’

Happy Magazine

‘Haigh recounts the evolution of the office with imagination and fairness, and he can turn a fine phrase when he wants to. The Momentous, Uneventful Day reads like a good story – and it is, for better or worse, the story of our lives.’

-- Derek Parker ― Spectator Australia

‘Enlivened by copious citations from literature, film, memoir, and corporate history, and interspersed with relevant images, The Momentous, Uneventful Day is the ideal companion for a lively current debate about the role offices will play in the future.’


‘Iridescent … No one is a better guide to the paradoxes of the working at home / being at work pivot … He writes of these matters as they should be written about, with a full sense of their history and the panache of the literature and art they have inspired.’

-- Peter Craven ― Sydney Morning Herald

Praise for The Office: a hardworking history:

‘Tracing its history as far back as ancient Egypt (but concentrating on the 20th century), author Gideon Haigh presents a thorough and interesting account of the office over time. His approach is not merely a collection of facts but rather an attempt to understand the office's impact on our culture and society, and vice versa … Haigh is an adept writer ― clear, informative … His information is drawn from an astonishingly wide range of sources, including pop culture.’

-- Ian Halett ― Books+Publishing

Praise for The Racket: how abortion became legal in Australia:

‘Gideon Haigh is quite simply one of the best – and most intriguing – writers working in Australia today. He is amazingly prolific on a variety of subjects, but entirely consistent in delivering elegant prose that engages thoughtfully with his subject and wears its (often considerable) research lightly.’

-- Jo Case ― Readings Monthly

Praise for Asbestos House: the secret history of James Hardie Industries:

‘[A] serious, sombre and, at times, heart-rending account befitting a tragic and awful story … At all times Haigh’s research is impeccable. This is the book’s great strength ― it could become the reference book on all matters relating to asbestos.’

-- Matthew Charles ― Herald Sun

About the Author

Gideon Haigh has been a journalist since 1984, and The Momentous, Uneventful Day is his fortieth book. His The Office: a hardworking history won the 2013 Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction.

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