Hired, Fired, Fled

Genre: Humour, Non Fiction

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Book Summary

HIRED, FIRED, FLED is the calamitous tale of an average graduate who crashed through fourteen jobs in fifteen years, as he searched for the holy grail of the working world: a job to love. Wrongly accused of sleeping with the boss’s wife was a bad start, and things only got worse for Charlie Raymond as the film industry lured him in, kicking off a desperate struggle to succeed. His global quest bounced him through Africa, Europe, North America, and the Middle East, serving soup in Italy, witnessing 9/11, eating his way into A&E, and risking hypothermia in Canada, as he took increasingly desperate measures to prove his path right. HIRED, FIRED, FLED is the story of trying to ‘make it’ in the 21st Century. This humorous memoir will entertain and enlighten, revealing the oddities of life as an escapist expat, while striking a chord with anyone who’s ever dreamed of loving their work… and beating the rat race.


"Informative and entertaining in equal measures, HIRED, FIRED, FLED will have you hooked from the very first page." - Kaye Holland, TNT Magazine UK "HIRED, FIRED, FLED describes the emotional rollercoaster that is the modern job hunt, and anyone who’s graduated in the last 10-15 years, particularly post-recession, is sure to empathise with him... a witty and entertaining read with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments and some incisive nuggets of wisdom." - Sarah Townsend, Arabian Business "With tongue-in-cheek humour, gripping angst, and weighted notational advice... HIRED, FIRED, FLED offers an upfront and relatable compilation of life post-study... serving as a highly recommendable read to anyone graduating, or people entering into their penultimate years of study." - Paul Rodger, Strathclyde Telegraph "Charlie’s talent for observing and then reporting on the ludicrous series of events that befell him will have you chuckling aloud on your sun-lounger... engaging and immensely entertaining." - Iain Robertson, B-C-ing-U.com "Raymond renders the reader helpless with laughter as he describes his ridiculously tight safari uniform shorts and his guiding tips... Overall, [he] displays superb self-awareness and honesty in the writing of this book, which is a light-hearted account of a not so light-hearted tale that almost every graduate or soon-to-be graduate can relate to." - Taryana Odayar, The Beaver (LSE)

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About the Author

Charlie Raymond grew up between London and Dorset (in south-west England). This is his first book. He is a long-term career and travel nomad, always planning another trip overseas. He loves visiting far-flung lands, but is also happy sipping wine in a French town, or whipping up a bolognese at home in the UK.

This book was written with himself in mind, aged 17 ½, as he wrestled with the ultimate question: 'What should I be doing with my days on Earth?'. It's a book he hopes that even at that young age he'd have bothered to read to the very end; yet Hired, Fired, Fled is intended to entertain and inspire people of all ages, whether beginning their careers, desperate for change, happy at work, or taking off for a sun-lounger in the Med.

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