Reading time 5 minutes

This I know: Nancy Mitford lives in the Minor Arcana, not the Major. She’s not interested in meditating on the meaning of Strength or Temperance or The Emperor, because big ideas are a boring distraction from the tender grey meat that is only found closer to the bone. Nancy pulls predominantly rods and swords. Read more…

Reading time 3 minutes

– to be successful enough that, in a rare moment of self doubt, I will list the many things that I have sacrificed on my way to the top. I will finish this monologue with the sentence: “…and for what? Fame? Fortune? What has fame and fortune ever done for me?

Read more…

Reading time 3 minutes

Protocol for lending me a book

Is there a symbol on the cover? If so, what is it? If the symbol is a weird triangle that is good, if the symbol is written in fire that is better. Read more…

Reading time 2 minutes

How to Sell a Book to My Dad

Name it after a year or a place, preferably combining the two. BERLIN 1945 is a good start. DUBLIN 1916 is not a bad shout either. You will probably not mimic the success of STALINGRAD but there is no shame in trying.  Read more…

Reading time 5 minutes

Sex is Terrible and We Should All Give It Up

This, I suspect, will be a hard sell.

People have been enjoying having sex with each other since the dawn of time but I’m here to tell you that people are WRONG. Every major religion has agreed that baking the lust cake and placing it in your oven will send you straight to hell, and it’s about time we listened. Read more…

About Work In Prowess

Work in Prowess is the ravings of a mad king left to rot in a besieged palace


For any and all editorial inquiries please contact Caroline O'Donoghue the site editor.