Willing Slaves: How the Overwork Culture is Ruining Our Lives by Madeleine Bunting Harper Perennial $144 Hong Kong is probably not alone as one of those places where people will work more hours for less money. Consider that the number of people working 60 hours a week has risen from 440,000 in 1997 to at least 750,000. This, as wages for all but the highly paid continue to fall. Madeleine Bunting suggests it's time to rethink the whole notion of work. Though Willing Slaves is written in a British context, it has universal application as more and more people spend less time doing something they actually enjoy, with nothing to show for it. Children are deprived of their parents because two incomes are barely enough to make ends meet. Why is this so? Is it that companies have become the hostage of shareholders who put self-interest before social responsibility? Bunting thinks people should be allowed to work less, and live on less, if that is their wish. She gives examples of families that exchanged the work ethic, with its empty promise of security, for a more casual, part-time arrangement and are the happier for it.