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Careering: 'I loved loved loved it' Marian Keyes

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I believe that the impact of the protagonists' professional life dilemmas on their mental health could be explored in an even deeper way, with more detailed descriptions of their feelings. A love story about work, self-worth and modern womanhood, Careering is, quite simply, the funniest novel I've read all year. Both women are finding their careers taking over their lives and not necessarily the careers they had so desperately worked and wished for.

As Imogen is a sex blogger, I think the book is trying to send some sort of message about the modern woman feeling empowered and yet shamed for it? Daisy has also appeared on a number of TV and radio shows including Woman’s Hour, The Today Programme, Soul Music, A Good Read, This Morning and Good Morning Britain. careering follows 20-something imogen, a struggling intern at a fashion magazine who also runs a successful blog on the side, and 40-something harri, who just got passed up for the role of editor in chief and is now trying to launch a new online feminist magazine. I know there’ll be plenty of others out there who would love this book but it didn’t connect with me the way I thought it would. A love story about work, self-worth and modern womanhood, Careering is, quite simply, the funniest novel I’ve read all year.

Lots of interesting characters to bounce off the two main characters Harri and Imogen, paving their way through the world of magazine publishing. That, and the fact that the story seems to take place in an alternate universe where basic common sense is… not a thing. Careering certainly feels like there is a lot more depth to it than Insatiable and whilst I loved Daisy Buchanan's writing in Insatiable, I loved it even more in her second novel. Her books include the novels Insatiable (long listed for the CWIP prize), Careering (as heard on BBC Sounds), Limelight, and Pity Party, coming in July 2024.

Exploring the exhausting push-pull of trying to pin down a career you love but that doesn't love you back, Buchanan's book is set to capture the zeitgeist as so many of us question where we're at. This is a fabulous and fierce take on womanhood in the workplace and the toxic relationship we can have with our vocation. I found myself relating to some of Imogen's thought processes and difficulties, but every time I had to sit through a chapter from Harry's perspective I felt my eyes roll into the back of my head because it was so boring and so nothing. A great exploration of relationships with ourselves, our families, our colleague's, our past and futures, our careers, our dreams, our voices.

After devoting the best part of her career to Panache magazine, Harri is gutted when she doesn’t get the Editor role she’s always dreamed of.

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