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Current price: $17.00
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2022
Doubleday Canada
Chop Suey Books
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Hilarious and unflinchingly honest, Careering takes a hard look at the often toxic relationship working women have with their dream jobs.

careering (verb)
1. working endlessly for a job you used to love and now resent entirely
2. moving in a way that feels out of control
Imogen has always dreamed of writing for a magazine. Infinite internships later, Imogen dreams of any job. Writing her blog around double shifts at the pub is neither fulfilling her creatively nor paying the bills.

Harri might just be Imogen's fairy godmother. She's moving from the glossy pages of Panache magazine to launch a fierce feminist site, The Know. And she thinks Imogen's most outrageous sexual content will help generate the clicks she needs. But Imogen's fairy-tale ending soon sours as she finds herself putting more and more of herself into writing for a company that doesn't care if she sinks or swims.

Neither woman is aware of the crucial thing they have in common. Harri, at the other end of her career, has also been bitten and betrayed by the industry she has given herself to. Will she wake up to the way she's being exploited before her protégé realizes that not everything is copy? Can either woman reconcile their love for work with the fact that work will never love them back? Or is a chaotic rebellion calling . . .

About the Author

DAISY BUCHANAN is an award-winning journalist, author and speaker. Her work includes the non-fiction books How To Be A Grown Up and The Sisterhood, and the novel Insatiable. She regularly contributes to every major UK newspaper and magazine, from the Guardian to Grazia, and the Times radio book show.

She is a TEDx speaker and the host of the chart-topping literary interview podcast You're Booked, as well as the Daisy Is…podcast series. She appears regularly on TV and radio speaking about everything from pop culture to feminism. Careering is her latest novel.

Praise for Careering

"A great great book. Daisy Buchanan has that special something that makes a wonderful popular fiction writer—acute observational skills, huge empathy and a perfect balance of light and shade. I loved loved loved Careering." —Marian Keyes

"I loved everything about [Careering]. It’s particularly brave and brilliant on female sexuality and the confusion and shame that can surround it, and how desperation to fit in can make you lose sight of who you are. . . . This thought-provoking, emotionally intelligent, hilarious, sexy and always sharp novel is a fabulous ride." —Daily Mail

"We are so ready for this book. 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." —Stylist

"As in her debut novel, Insatiable, there’s not a cringey metaphor in sight. The intimacy is so real that it feels a bit dirty to read it on the Tube—devour it at home instead." Sunday Times

"Buchanan is a queen of acerbic wit and demonstrates an incredible talent for the dark comedy that so perfectly articulates the often poisonous power structures at play." The Irish Times

"The zeitgeisty read tackles the myth of the girl boss, with feelings of imposter syndrome, burnout and comparison rife throughout. Though entertaining. . . the novel takes a hard look at the very real challenges women still face in the workplace today. With the events of the last two years making many question what really matters in life, Buchanan leaves you with the reminder that whether you love or loathe your job, it doesn’t define who you are or put a value on your self-worth." —Stylist

"Daisy Buchanan writes about all the chaos and conflict of being a young woman in a hard-edged, hard-faced world." —Red

"A witty tale of the toxic world of modern work." —Independent

"Sexy, funny and insightful, a must for anyone who's ever worked in a creative environment." —Belfast Telegraph

"Buchanan's incisive, sharp-witted novel has plenty to say about women's working lives."Mail on Sunday

"An entertaining read that reminds us we've all got more in common than we think." —Heat

"An honest, raw account of being a working woman." —The Sun

"Daisy Buchanan is a spirited, observant writer who captures the brutality of the magazine industry through the eyes of her relatable underdog heroine." —Daily Express

"I read Careering in one greedy gulp, not by choice but because it is utterly unputdownable. It's so perceptive and wise about the media, privilege, the differing but equally troubling pressures that women of all ages face, while still being moving, laugh-out-loud funny and inspiring. I loved it." —Louise O’Neill

"Funny and warm but also so sharp on the struggles of women who want it all. Daisy's insight about being a woman trying to navigate life and desire is brilliant." —Ayisha Malik

"Appallingly funny and ruthlessly honest, Careering shines a deeply human light on the exhausting highs and lows of life as a modern working woman. I loved it and related to just about every word." —Rosie Walsh

"There is no writer out there who can make you laugh and cry quite like Daisy Buchanan. As a longtime monster-fan of her writing, I can confidently say Careering is Buchanan's best book yet. Hilarious, astute and full of human truths, Careering is a compelling and thoughtful read that every woman (and man) should have on their shelves. Buchanan portrays women and their lives better than anyone and I came out the other side feeling thoroughly broken and yet somehow stronger than before. A really special book that I will be insisting everyone around me read, I cannot recommend it highly enough." —Lucy Vine
"Full of brilliant characters, loveable chaos and a world of magazine nostalgia. If you've ever had a job suck your soul, even slightly, you'll love it." —Emma Gannon
"Careering is, quite simply, the funniest novel I've read all year. A love story about work, self-worth and modern womanhood, it made me laugh so hard I woke up my son in the room next door. Daisy Buchanan manages to capture people, places and excruciating moments with such insight and wit it is a joy to behold and humbling to witness. Careering should be essential reading for anyone who's ever sat in a badly-lit media office and wondered what the hell they're doing with their life." —Nell Frizzell
"Blisteringly funny and painfully perceptive, with a warmth that radiates off the page, this book will speak straight to the heart of anyone who has ever felt like their own career is playing hard-to-get. Daisy has that magic gift of capturing the nuance and detail of a very specific world in such a way that it feels universally, eternally relatable. The writing is perfection and the characters so skilfully drawn that I found myself wanting to look them all up on LinkedIn afterwards. It’s a triumph." —Lauren Bravo
"Daisy writes wonderfully about the paradox of being a pleasure-seeker in a body that the world has taught you to be ashamed of. Careering will strike such a chord with anyone who has ever walked to a job interview in trainers with a tote bag containing heels over their shoulder, feeling like an imposter." —Emma Hughes

"Careering is an absolute triumph. Daisy has woven an astute tale of ambition and its place in women's lives, putting words to feelings I've had for ages. How is it possible Daisy is so clever? This novel should be a must-read for everybody who has ever thought life will be better once their work rewards them. Spiler: it won't, and this novel makes it feel ok. Unmissable." —Laura Jane Williams

"Hilarious, acutely observant and completely engrossing." —Issy Suttie