Published: 01/12/2013
ISBN: 9781783063147
eISBN: 9781848767171
Format: Paperback/eBook



Featured in the Evening Standard (26th August 2006), The Observer (27th August 06), The Daily Mail (September 2006), The Guardian (26th October 2006), and Grazia magazine (November 2006)

"Her biting descriptions neatly expose the banality of a macho culture addicted to its own mythology."
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Polly Courtney is the author of seven novels and is a regular commentator on TV and radio. She rose to fame in 2006 with her semi-autobiographical account of life in the Square Mile, Golden Handcuffs,... read more

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Golden Handcuffs
The Lowly Life of a High Flyer
by Polly Courtney

"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 in the Square Mile and what it really means to sell your soul to the City.

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"Her biting descriptions neatly expose the banality of a macho culture addicted to its own mythology."
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“The riots were widely misunderstood. The perception of feral youth causing havoc, driven by nothing more than criminalisation, was mooted from the start and stuck. It meant that the underlying causes such as poverty, broken homes and deprivation were largely unexamined. This book changes that. If you want to understand why so many young people took to the streets two summers ago, read this book.” - Sonya Thomas, Reading the Riots

“Feral Youth is as compelling as it is horrifying. It lifts the lid on the lives of marginalised young people that the media demonises and the rest of us prefer to ignore.” – Fiona Bawdon

“Feral Youth is a unique story that brings the lives and challenges of urban youth to the fore in a provocative way, giving an insight into life on London’s streets beyond the negative stereotypes and provoking us to address the underlying causes of the riots.” – Patrick Regan OBE, Founder & CEO, XLP

“Seeing the World through the eyes of youth, as Polly has achieved with Feral Youth, is something politicians and leaders of industry need to strive to achieve. It gives a unique insight to the very real problems encountered in some of our most deprived areas. Alesha wants to feel self-respect and love from those around her and acceptance from society, but taking the right path and making the right choices is a struggle . The stark reality of life on the streets today is that the wrong choices are often the easiest ones.” – Gary Trowsdale, Damilola Taylor Trust

“Feral Youth is an important book.” – After Nyne

“Feral Youth is as life-affirming as Trainspotting and will connect with teenagers and adults alike.” – Lambert Nagle

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