The Ladybird Book of The Meeting, by J.A. Hazeley and J.P. Morris, is one in a series of Ladybird books for grown-ups written to help them cope with the world around them. My daughter gave it to my husband on Fathers’ Day and it is the only book he has successfully finished reading this year. This probably says something about shortening attention spans in our modern world, or maybe just about him.
The layout is crisp and appealing with hardback binding and traditional illustrations that will be familiar to those who enjoyed the original Ladybird books as a child. The text is pithy and ironic, amusing to any required to attend workplace meetings. Is anyone in work not required to do this?
As the book says:
Meetings are important because they give everyone a chance to talk about work.
Which is easier than doing it.
I laughed out loud at some of the wry observations and can understand why these little books have become so popular as gifts. Booksellers often stock them close to tills and report buoyant sales which I regard as a good thing. Purchasers may even have picked up another book whilst there.
Although read in about ten minutes this was thereby granted more attention than many gifts presented to my husband over the years.
An amusing diversion that we both enjoyed. I would be happy to have further books from the series adorning my shelves.