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careering (verb)
1. working endlessly for a job you used to love and now resent entirely
2. knowing that a little of your soul is inextricably tied to the work you do
3. moving in a way that feels out of control


There’s a fine line between on the right track and coming off the rails.

has poured her life into her job at Panache magazine, losing friendships, the love of her life, and increasingly, her sanity. She knows it will all be worth it when she gets the top job. Until she’s side lined, passed over for promotion and forced into running ‘a new venture’, which everyone knows is code for ‘being pushed out’.

Imogen has had to hustle her whole professional life to cling onto an industry that favours the privileged. When Harri offers her a job, putting an end to her constant sofa-surfing, she feels like all her dreams are coming true. But her 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.

Harri and Imogen both thought they loved their jobs, but it is becoming increasingly clear that their jobs do not love them. Together, they stage a rebellion the only way they know how. But what will the view look like from the other side?

Hilarious and unflinchingly honest, Careering takes a hard look at the often toxic relationship working women have with their dream jobs.


Daisy Buchanan writes about all the chaos and conflict of being a young woman in a hard-edged, hard-faced world
Daisy brings characters to life like no other writer
Lucy Vine, author of Hot Mess
Daisy Buchanan's prose is perfection
Laura Jane Williams, author of Our Stop
Daisy is an exciting new voice in contemporary fiction
Hannah Beckerman, author of If Only I Could Tell You
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.
Nell Frizzell
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