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Released 30th November, 2022 // 94 pages // 978-1-915079-50-3

 

Zero Hours follows the fragmented intersecting stories of a range of characters on zero-hour contracts in Glasgow. A cleaner runs her daughter a bath in an unused guestroom, a waiter witnesses a violent crime, a virtual receptionist takes bookings for a burned down hotel, a server at a football stadium defies gravity, and a chef realises that his migrant colleagues have been invited to a “staff meeting” without him. The form of these stories, sketches and scenes reflects the fragmented nature of precarious contracts.

 

PRAISE for Zero Hours:

An astute vivisection of the joys and sorrows of the Gig Economy Generation. A collection that with deadpan charm unearths the humanity that lies beneath the alienation.

   — Fernando Sdrigotti, JOLTS

 

A sharp and welcome album of snapshots into Britain’s discardable-worker culture. McCracken chucks the corporate bullshit in the big bins out the back.

   — Ruby Cowling, This Paradise

 

McCracken turns everyday working life into cryptic fairy-t