City of Friends
British Book Awards: Fiction Book of the Year
City of Friends is the twentieth novel from the highly acclaimed number one bestselling author, Joanna Trollope.
She glanced at her phone again. There were appeals from the girls, from her colleagues, a text from Steve reading with uncharacteristic imperiousness, 'Call me.' She couldn't. She couldn't call anyone . . . She leaned forward, gripping the edge of the bench, and stared at the ground. God, she thought, am I losing my mind? Is this what happens when you lose your job?
The day Stacey Grant loses her job feels like the last day of her life. Or at least, the only life she'd ever known. For who was she if not a City high-flyer, Senior Partner at one of the top private equity firms in London?
As Stacey starts to reconcile her old life with the new - one without professional achievements or meetings, but instead, long days at home with her dog and ailing mother, waiting for her successful husband to come home - she at least has The Girls to fall back on. Beth, Melissa and Gaby. The girls, now women, had been best friends from the early days of university right through their working lives, and for all the happiness and heartbreaks in between.
But these career women all have personal problems of their own, and when Stacey's redundancy forces a betrayal to emerge that was supposed to remain secret, their long cherished friendships will be pushed to their limits . . .
In the media
Joanna Trollope's novels address the issues and emotional journeys that face women today. In this, her 20th novel, she turns a sharp and reflective eye upon four friends in their workplaces . . . As the novel progresses, each woman is forced to question herself and to ask what really matters. How important is work? How much more do women have to put up with the workplace than men? What price transparency, especially among friends? The author addresses all the question with her customary insight and wisdom, depicting the characters with warmth and psychological veracity, drawing the reader deep into their lives.
S Magazine, Sunday Express
Ventures into tough new territories of female experience.
It's fiendishly well plotted and, with its glittering London settings, full of urban glamour
Explores the multiple frustrations, pressures and hidden agonies of the lives of modern women