"A job at Cray McKinley is whatever you make of it. For the real high flyers, there's no limit to what you can achieve."
Abby is a high flyer. But she's not your average banker. Driven by something other than money and status, she has her own reasons for climbing the ladder. And so does Mike. An ambitious young graduate with an equally impressive CV, Mike is in it for the six-figure salaries and fast cars. He's got the skills, the grades and the swagger to make it all the way to the top.
But neither Abby nor Mike is prepared for the life that awaits them behind the mirrored glass doors. In a world where verbal abuse is commonplace, greed is everywhere and sexual harassment is just part of the fun, the young bankers are forced to find new ways to compete - and not just against one another.
Based on the author's experiences as a junior investment banker, Golden Handcuffs is a fresh, gripping insight into life inside a Wall Street bank and what it really means to sell your soul to the City.
©2006 Polly Courtney (P)2014 Polly Courtney
Yes. Exciting storyline with likeable and believable characters.
The lead character Abby. You really feel you get to know her and her position.
When Abby stands up for herself and her hard work.
My Life With The Bankers
Another great title by Polly Courtney and yet another fine performance by Anne Day-Jones. Enjoyed from start to finish
"Paints a grim picture"
It is way too long.
I would recommend it to any young person looking to get a position in banking or any highly paid corporate position but can't think of any of my friends I would recommend it to.
British, pleasant and well-paced.
I'd watch if it ever came on Netflix just to see how it was different from the book.
The book truly paints a grim picture of the experience of working in the banking industry. The horrible greed and deceit fostered by competition to climb the corporate ladder would make it hard to trust co-workers. Any young person who wants to go into banking should read (or listen) so they'd know that the prestige of the position and the financial rewards may not be worth the abuse they would face.
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