‘A riveting first novel’ Financial Times
‘Think Jilly Cooper ventures into the Square Mile… If you’re young, female, clever and attractive… you might want to read Playing FTSE… a lurid sex-in-the-City bankbuster’ Evening Standard
‘Intrigues City Folk’ Daily Mail
‘Parting with her friend later that evening, Melanie strolled from the Tube station towards her flat and reflected on the recent events that were beginning to create a picture of City life. It was becoming depressingly predictable, all in such a short period of time. First Victoria, now Jenny. Was sex an inevitable part of this career?’
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?
Penelope Jacobs has worked in the financial markets since 1998, in both London and New York. She was an equity analyst at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson and Merrill Lynch, where she was a member of two top-rated Telecom research teams.
Penelope wrote her first novel Playing FTSE during a creative writing course at the Faber Academy in London.
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