One man's frank, funny and inspiring account of losing his job and finding his life.
Nigel Marsh is currently CEO of Leo Burnett, a leading communications company. Previously he was fired from his job as CEO of the advertising agency D'Arcy. Originally from England, he has worked as a stand-up comedian and has written articles for the Financial Times, the Sydney Morning Herald and numerous advertising magazines. He lives in Clovelly with his wife, two sons and twin daughters. www.fatfortyandfired.com
The blurb to Fat Forty and Fired says it all-'One man's frank, funny and inspiring account of losing his job and finding his life.' Enter Nigel Marsh, a middle-aged Englishman living in Sydney, slave to his advertising job and stranger to his wife and four children under eight. But then he loses his job and decides on having a productive (as opposed to destructive) midlife crisis. 'I wanted to look beyond my one-dimensional male world and be slightly less useless as a partner.' Nigel embarks on some major projects from seeking out his family at the 'feral level' (his first kinder/school run is painfully funny) to embracing running, swimming, surfing and sobriety. While these topics prove captivating reading, it is his candid reflections on adjustment to family life and responsibilities, and to his own personal growth, that are most engaging. Before you dismiss this as an Oprah moment, be assured that the author has the (timely) ability to rescue any self-indulgence with some clever self-deprecation (weakened only by liberal swearing). You may find yourself regularly intrigued by some of his insights, which are thought-provoking, (perhaps because of his background as a former theology student). A book for men and women alike, particularly parents. Michelle Atkins is a freelance writer C. 2005 Thorpe-Bowker and contributors