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'Willing Slaves: How the Overwork Culture is Ruling Our Lives' by Madeleine Bunting
The British work the longest hours in Europe. What do they get in return? Work-related stress is soaring and Britain has one of the highest rates of job insecurity in the world. Over a third of the workforce is so exhausted at the end of a day's work that they can only slump on the sofa. Among the questions Madeleine Bunting investigates in this radical and hard hitting expose of the overwork culture are: Why do we work so hard? Why do we put up with it? What is the cost to our health, relationships and children? "Willing Slaves", based on first-hand research and hundreds of interviews explores the paradox of how we allow ourselves to be exploited and how we look to work to give our lives meaning and purpose. It reveals how such an astonishing fraud has been perpetrated and analyses why millions of workers face burnout but believe 'there is no alternative'. And what we have to do to take our own lives back.