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The Art of Life Admin by Elizabeth Emens

The Art of Life Admin

How To Do Less, Do It Better, and Live More

Elizabeth Emens

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Viking
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publication date: 3 Jan 2019
ISBN: 9780241972496

Every day, an unseen form of labour creeps into our lives, stealing precious moments of free time, placing a strain on our schedules and relationships, and earning neither appreciation nor compensation in return. Scheduling doctor's appointments. Planning a party. Buying a present. Filling out paperwork. This labour is 'life admin' - the kind of secretarial and managerial work necessary to run a life and a household.

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3 stars out of 5
Kathryn Hughes
16 Jan 2019

"Emens’s solutions to reducing the admin mountain come with a certain dash and swagger"

Where her book does start to move beyond the memoir-with-benefits genre and into something original and interesting is when she tackles the issue of admin “across the privilege divide”. She is informed and eloquent on the way that poor people’s admin differs from hers...This mapping out of the “bureaucracy of poverty” is important stuff, so it’s a shame that Emens fails to follow through with some sustained suggestions about what might be done to bridge the admin privilege divide.