Careering: 'I loved loved loved it' Marian Keyes

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Careering: 'I loved loved loved it' Marian Keyes

Careering: 'I loved loved loved it' Marian Keyes

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I laughed a lot at the way things were described and the thoughts that came to mind during Imogen’s chapters. The grind culture was celebrated as a badge of honour rather than criticised for its patriarchal and elitist nature. Careering centres itself around the pressures women face in the workplace and in the case of this novel within the media industry, where we face criticism and nuclear burnout to become the idealised ‘successful career woman’ with it all. The author also does a masterful job of slightly highlighting prejudice and racism in the publishing world without making it her own story (the author is a white woman). The slightly cringeworthy humour put me off this to begin with, but I eventually fell into the main characters and their relatable dual storylines of extreme burnout, crushing creative self doubt, and the bubble burst realisation that your ‘dream job’ might not be such a dream after all.

As she did with sex in her first novel, Insatiable, now Daisy Buchanan holds up a mirror to the changing way we work in the raw and relatable Careering . One of the most poignant threads throughout the novel is this idea of ‘The Girl’ as someone who’s wearing designer clothes and getting regular beauty treatments, when the reality for many 18-35 year old women trying to make it in London is living in a mouldy bedsit eating beans on toast!Publication dates are subject to change (although this is an extremely uncommon occurrence overall).

She is working an unpaid internship at Panache magazine and whilst she is thankful for the opportunity, she is fed up of being given the shit jobs and earning no money whilst working pretty much full time.After reading and completely adoring Insatiable I knew that I had to read Careering as soon as I could get my hands on it. I just read an article in one of the Sunday supplements about these elevens, the pair of short, vertical frown lines that form in the gap between our eyebrows, which apparently must be Botoxed into oblivion before they start to multiply into other numbers. Daisy really shows both sides of the story so well- especially with the comparison of Louise, another young woman working with Imogen whose biggest concern is her dad no longer paying her extortionate rent if she doesn’t make something of herself. I was hoping for some raw and accurate portrayal of the "dream job" illusion and yet it didn't land.

I believe that, in general, the book manages to portray in a proper way the misfortunes, problems, and barriers that we have in the current job market, especially when it comes to young women, bringing very valuable and pertinent reflections on how to deal with these issues and validating feelings that often seem to be wrong, isolated and insignificant because they are not debated in an open and welcoming way in most spaces. Though entertaining - you can't help but cringe at some of the situations Imogen finds herself in - the novel takes a hard look at the very real challenges women still face in the workplace today.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. That, and the fact that the story seems to take place in an alternate universe where basic common sense is… not a thing.

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