E-books/audiobooks review: non-fiction

Fu*k Jobs! by Zachariah Rigby; Give Me Everything You Have by James Lasdun

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 14 April, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 14 April, 2013, 5:38pm

Fu*k Jobs!

by Zachariah Rigby

Amazon Digital Services


This is the book to read when you can no longer stand having a boss. But it is not going to hold your hand and show you how to create passive income streams. In fact, it is all about author Zachariah Rigby and how he has made money from doing something on his own: write an e-book, a format set to overtake even paperbacks, especially in young adult and children's genres. Besides, Rigby writes, "it's better to write a 30-page e-book and sell it for $5 … than it is to tackle a 200-page writing project and never get it done". Other books will give readers more useful information on starting up a business. This provides the attitude and a few insights such as that "getting a job is like enrolling in a human domestication programme" and that "society doesn't care how hard you work". Rigby is big on saving time and using someone else's tried-and-tested money-making system, even if you have to pay for it. He also insists on working only at something you truly enjoy, which means first finding work you like, then making the transition to have it generate passive income.

Give Me Everything You Have

by James Lasdun

(read by Robin Sachs)

Dreamscape Media


You'll be unnerved by this memoir from James Lasdun, who recounts the years in which he was subjected to "verbal terrorism" by a former student. It all starts with Lasdun leading a fiction workshop in which he meets "Nasreen", a writer working on a book set in Iran. Two years later, Nasreen e-mails to say her manuscript is all but complete. Then begins an epistolary relationship that goes from being bulletins about everyday life, to something more erotically charged. When Lasdun rejects Nasreen, he is bombarded with unhinged e-mails. She accuses him of stealing her work and of bedding another student. Then her messages become anti-Semitic rants and soon she is unleashing her anger in public. Using the internet, she spreads rumours about Lasdun in the comments section of his newspaper articles, on Wikipedia and in Amazon reviews. Most terrifying is the ease with which she carries out her campaign to ruin him, and how Lasdun can do little to stop her. Narrator Robin Sachs does a good job of conveying the creepiness.