FT Business Book of the Year

Best business books

All the books listed for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

Then We Came to the End

Joshua Ferris is more reminiscent of Joseph Heller than Herman Melville, but… his debut “workplace” novel was, for me, one of the best books of last year. — Read the complete FT review



Then We Came to the End is your life and my life. It is how we spend our days and too many of our nights. It is about being away from friends and family, about sharing a stretch of stained tiled carpet with a group of strangers we call colleagues. It is about sitting all morning next to someone you deliberately cross the road to avoid at lunchtime.

Joshua Ferris’s brilliant first novel follows a group of white-collar workers as they struggle to go about their lives amidst the constant fear of who will be next to ‘walk Spanish down the hall’.