Contemporary Fiction Humour

Going Green – Nick Spalding

15 December 2020
Going Green Book Cover Going Green
Nick Spalding
Lake Union Publishing
8 December 2020

From the bestselling author of Dumped, Actually comes a laugh-out-loud story about saving your job...and maybe saving the planet in the process. Meet Ellie Cooke. When it comes to all things environmental she's, well, a bit 'green'. It's not that she doesn't care about things like climate change and plastic pollution, it's just that life has always got in the way of that sort of thing. But when the PR firm Ellie works for is taken over by keen environmentalist Nolan Reece, it's clear that if she wants to save her job, she's going to have to get serious about being green--or face being recycled. Going green is no walk in the park, though. It involves a lot of big changes, tough choices...and at least one case of accidentally showing your knickers off to your boss. Can Ellie do enough to save her job, and maybe do her bit to help save the planet while she's at it? And what will Nolan think of her, now that she can't stop thinking about him...?


Nick Spalding has a winning formula in his novels, he grabs contemporary issues and adds drama and humour to create entertaining and thought-provoking stories. He seems to be on a quest to address as many of the outstanding matters in modern life as possible. In Going Green the cause is the environment, recyclable energy and climate change. Nick doesn’t preach these issues but rather tells an engrossing story with multiple twists, laugh out loud scenes and characters that are fascinating and prone to more than the odd mishap.

Ellie Cooke works in PR for Stratagem PR and finds that the boss she loves has just sold the business to Nolan Reece, a successful marketing entrepreneur, that has a new market niche that he wants to target, stating “I want to run an ethical PR company that prides itself on its green credentials.” Ellie drives a petrol-guzzling, smoke polluting car and knows nothing about the green agenda, but as her new boss has indicated, he can only keep on some of the employees in the now rebranded Viridian PR. Ellie is determined to demonstrate that she should be one of them and plans to stand out as a committed environmental activist. When I say Ellie was an interesting character it should be followed by a hmmm because I felt quite detached from her at times and I couldn’t quite get her reasoning for some of the decisions she made. At the same time, she did entertain and as I’ve come to eagerly expect (because Nick Spalding is so good at it) the scenes that go awry and leave you laughing out loud. Ellie is a go-getter, but in meeting new clients who are all committed, and often obsessive to the green cause, something starts to shift in her conscience.

“Up until now, all of my efforts have been purely directed at keeping and maintaining my pay packet, and it’s felt like a noble and just cause to me. But there’s something about the meeting that I’ve just had with the owners of Veganthropy Foods that has shifted my thinking.”

The lies mount from several of the characters and I wondered how this would all end, especially as I’m prepared for the moral lesson of the story. Well, it didn’t go as I was expecting but probably a lot of other readers will see it coming.

Going Green is a book I can recommend and as always it leaves you with an ethical ponderance and an entertaining experience that has many light-hearted and humorous moments. I would like to thank Amazon Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC copy in return for an honest review.

Peter Donnelly

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley

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