The funniest, smartest debut novel we’ve read this year is Not Working by Lisa Owens. The heroine, Claire Flannery, has quit her job in order to discover her true vocation – only to realise she has no idea how to go about finding it. Comparisons have been drawn to Bridget Jones’s Diary but this seems a slight stretch to us – Claire, refreshingly, is far more interested in her career as opposed to finding a man than Bridget ever was (and is in a long term relationship at any rate). Either way, this is a wry and fresh novel that deals with the concerns of millenials but is well worth taking a look at regardless of what generation you include yourself in. Owens will be in conversation next week with fellow novelist Anna Raverat and their editor Francesca Main on Tuesday 19th April at the lovely Lutyens and Rubinstein bookshop. We haven’t read Raverat’s latest novel Lover but it’s been described as “a novel about marriage, family, and work – an unforgettable account of having the strength to find one’s place in the world.” What’s more, their editor Francesca Main has reliably brilliant taste – she was the editor for Jessie Burton’s bestseller The Miniaturist and also for Cathy Rentzenbrink’s heartbreakingly honest memoir, The Last Act of Love which is currently shortlisted for the Wellcome Prize. Tickets for this event are £10 and we suggest you book without delay, not least because seating is limited.