BOOK NEWS: Playing FTSE by Penelope Jacobs

There are some great novels heading our way in November, one being Playing FTSE by Penelope Jacobs, in which ambitious Melanie finds herself falling for a colleague. Penelope Jacobs has worked in finance since 1998, and Playing FTSE is her debut novel.

When Melanie Collins joins an investment bank as a young graduate, she quickly discovers that femininity is an invaluable asset. But it must not be abused. She witnesses other women falling victim to office affairs and is determined to be taken seriously. In an industry where abilities are rewarded handsomely, she rises rapidly through the ranks. But her increased profile attracts the attention of a senior colleague and she is ill equipped to handle his advances. Balancing a demanding job with a confusing personal life proves difficult and soon their relationship threatens to jeopardise her career. As events move beyond control, her glamorous world becomes tainted by betrayal and bitterness. Set against London's financial markets, 'Playing FTSE' explores the dynamic of ambition, friendship and love in the City. A woman can reach the top, but at what price?

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