City of Friends by Joanna Trol­lope, Macmil­lan.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - BOOKS - KE

Four London post­codes, four fe­male friend­ships span­ning uni, plus 30 years of high-power ca­reers. Joanna Trol­lope deftly weaves the com­ings and go­ings of bustling house­holds; work­ing women jug­gling cook­ing and car­ing and the un­ex­pected changes that wreak havoc at around 50, when life was sup­posed to be easy. Part­ner in a pri­vate eq­uity com­pany Stacey, 47, sug­gests she work flexi hours from home when her mother is di­ag­nosed with de­men­tia. Her male boss thanks her for mak­ing her “pend­ing” re­dun­dancy a walk in the park. Sin­gle mum Melissa ad­vises cor­po­ra­tions where their weak­nesses lie, but her strength dis­ap­pears when her 15-yearold son be­friends his newly found fa­ther. Gaby, MD of a global bank’s in­vest­ment divi­sion, out-earns her hus­band but won’t give Stacey work. Beth is a best-sell­ing book and buzz­word writer for her think­ing on ways work­forces need to change, but when girl­friend Claire tries to claim half her prop­erty, she’s left speech­less. With ugly (non) dis­clo­sures about to sur­face in this city of friends, “this is the kind of thing you just can’t row back from. Not even us.”

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