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  • Not Working

  • Diary of an English Migrant Attempting Early Retirement in Bulgaria
  • By: Graham Field
  • Narrated by: Graham Field
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (24 ratings)

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Summary

The summer wine didn’t last, it’s time to open the autumn whisky....

In this follow-up to the much-loved Near Varna, join Graham Field as he continues his search to find the good life in Bulgaria.

Preparing for the first winter in his new home, ready to embrace the slower pace of early retirement, he soon discovers that it’s not working. From floods to explosions, from protection rackets to hospitalisations, from coping with the death of his hero to trying to find solace in a confusing and abstract relationship, this is a frank, funny and always heartfelt story of how not working doesn’t always work out, and it might just be Graham’s wildest ride yet.

Not Working is the second instalment in Graham’s celebrated Near Varna series, the hilarious and honest account of one man selling up, buying time, and investing in a new and leisurely life because, much like the listeners of this diary, he is in no hurry to get to the end.

Wonderfully disseminating all the machinations, logistics, and travails of what it means to move to a brand-new country for the first time, Not Working soars up from the humour and wordplay listeners have grown to love in Graham Field's books to a new level of prose, one both poetic and profound.

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Nourishing story

Love his no nonsense approach to the world we live in, pleasure to listen

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backside trick

you have to feel sorry for Graham's (very few) girlfriends. They might end up getting into print. Warts and all. Graham has perfected the ability to blow smoke up his own backside as he lurches from disaster to disaster. From cringe to comedy. Worth a listen, but prepare for those cringe 'chai' moments.

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Worked for me

Really enjoyed it.
It's like having one of your mates read to you.
Looking forward to part 3.

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Another great listen from Graham

Straight talking account, great to hear the honest thoughts about graham’s new life in Bulgaria.

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Another enjoyable read from Graham!

A follow on from 'Near Varna' it's a very honest and entertaining account, with additional characters that put a different, and very funny perspective on parts of his story. It made for a most enjoyable listen with an ending that will leave you with a lump in your throat!
I very much enjoyed this listen, and if you like any of Graham's previous work you will too!