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Barbara Stcherbatcheff
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7 Jan 2010

When City Girl Barbara Stcherbatcheff first stepped into the Square Mile she had no idea of the fight for survival she would face over the next five years. But despite lap dancing clubs and million dollar losses; divorce in the City and the worst recession since the 1930s, City Girl was still standing. She'd taken on the boys at their own game - and won.

Fresh from writing thelondonpaper's City Girl column, Suzana S. gives us the inside track on life in the financial capital of the world. This is her story. Confessions of a City Girl tells us what really went wrong - and explains why girls are the only ones who can put it right.

The trade mark 'City Girl' is used under licence from NI Free Newspapers Limited.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books (7 Jan 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075351981X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753519813
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Barbara Stcherbatcheff is a best-selling author, financial journalist and regular economic commentator based in London. She served as the Head European Writer for CNBC, before becoming a commodities reporter based on the London Metals Exchange. She is a frequent contributor on television and radio channels, including BBC Business, Six O'Clock News and Ten O'Clock News, Sky News, the BBC News Channel, BBC1's The Big Questions with Nicky Campbell, ITV, BBC Radio, BBC Radio Five Live, LBC radio, the BBC World Service, Bloomberg and Al Jazeera English. She is in popular demand as a public speaker, specializing in banking culture and financial markets, and spoke at the 22nd annual EBS Symposium in September 2011.

From 2008 - 2009, Stcherbatcheff wrote the weekly City Girl column in The London Paper - the same slot as the hugely popular City Boy column that led to Geraint Anderson's best-selling book of the same name. Her book, "Confessions of a City Girl," (Virgin Books, August 2009) is a Sunday Times bestseller, and has also been translated into German and Polish. In her spare time, she is a committed marathon-runner, and secured a place in the Guinness Book of World Records for her time in the 2011 London marathon, "World's Fastest Female in an Animal Costume" at 3 hours, 42 minutes.

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“Frighteningly ambitious … an absorbing read.” - The Sun, January 2010


"She lays bare the naked greed, sexism and macho posturing behind the gilded doors of the investment banks." (Daily Mirror)

"She trades, She wins. She loses But mostly, she wins, and hints, fascinatingly, that if all bankers were female, we might be in less of a mess." (Evening Standard)

"Frighteningly ambitious … an absorbing read." (The Sun)

"Harassed and verbally attacked on a regular basis working in the City, Suzana S. has exposed the truth about life in the Square Mile." (Grazia)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story and author 24 May 2013
By Natasha
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Enjoyed this story of naked ambition very much, despite what I suspect are several stereotypes and the fact that the author appears according to FSA records to have had her trading license for a mere 6 months - maybe the derivatives she was trading for a small broker were unregulated, who knows. Her ambition has now taken her to Switzerland to head up a hedge fund - no surprise there....
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written cliche 8 April 2010
A city girl myself, having started work in 2004 in very similar jobs and with (girl) friends of the same age doing very similar jobs, this book is a cliche, written to cash on the back of the city boy image which I can not say is much more interesting,better written, better researched book and more thought out book abuot the city, but at least city boy puts some of his findings in a more sociological context and occasionally uses more interesting quotes.

given the male bias in the city, i would have loved to support this book and its author, but unfortunately, you are wasting your ££ here.

ps. i NEVER write reviews, but felt compelled to write this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth reading. 3 May 2014
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An insight into the philosophy of the people we love to hate. Well worth reading. I feel sure you will enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Citygirl reading Citygirl 28 May 2012
It is a good book in general. I like the detailed description of how she made it to become a trader. It makes me think of the early days of my career. Despite the ending, the general tone is quite encouraging. Well... different people may have different views on the ending anyway. You might find it positive! The only thing I didn't enjoy so much was the traders' jargons - not being a trader myself, I found it difficult to understand and boring at times.
Highly recommended for girls working alone in the City!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chick Lit With Attitude 11 April 2012
By Brooks
Confessions of a City Girl is Chic Lit with Attitude. Life as a woman working in the City is tough enough but Suzana's experience working her way up from the back office to the bull pit of the Trading Floor of a leading investment bank demonstrates a tenacity and determination to overcome the odds that defies reality were it not true. This book is a real page turner and should be an inspiration to every girl and every woman trying to "make it" in the City or indeed any profession. Read it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Book 8 Mar 2012
By naomi
I absolutely loved reading this book. I could not put it down and finished it in just 2 days. Covers interesting issues for women in the work place. Also written in an easy to read fashion! All my friends are reading it now....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and inspirational 26 Feb 2012
This book is a wonderful and inspirational read! Confessions of a City Girl is a great depiction of what it's like to be a woman working in a male dominated industry. The book accurately describes the constant pressure to not only perform on the job but the pressure to adapt and completely change who you are in order to fit in and be seen as one of the guys.

As a female working in the investment industry, I was able to relate to the main character. Through specific examples the author brilliantly describes the constant pressure women face to continually prove their worth and the pressure to go above and beyond in the workplace to gain recognition amongst the men.

Confessions of a City Girl is also inspirational as it dives into the personal life of the main character and reveals the sacrifices and heartaches endured in order to break through the glass ceiling and build a successful career in The City.

An entertaining and insightful read for both men and women alike!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars That's how I lost my job ! 23 Feb 2012
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Back in 1980 I got employed with a Dutch commercial bank. In the twenty following years I was professionally educated in solidity: making profits is the prime target, but whatever you do: never disappoint the trust of your customers, and never neglect a banker's responsibility towards society.

All this vanished overnight around the year 2000, when the City boys & (a few) girls took charge. From then on you were supposed to subordinate yourself entirely to one single goal: profits, profits, profits -- the more the better. In this process your happy marriage with children was regarded as a weakness; those needing a good night's sleep to function well were considered insane; destroying less gifted colleagues to succeed was applauded. Of course a right & expensive outfit came as obligatory, accompanied by an anti-social 'the devil-may-care' mentality.

We know how it all ended: a credit-crisis in October 2008, followed by huge donations of public money to save banks from bankruptcy. Damage has been immense: painful cost-cuttings by the governement, trade handicapped because banks do not trust each other anymore, and the once-shining banker's public reputation has changed in a very black one.

'Confessions of a city girl' describes the whole decline in a very recognizable way. Making a good & pleasant read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
A surprising good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great insight
Loved this book...goes to show women can make it in the big smoke! Well worth a read x x x
Published 5 months ago by Damion P.
3.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read, marred by personal prejudices
The book was very easy to read, and flowing. Effectively, it's an account of one girl's journey into the City, and through its ranks, and the effect that her work has on her... Read more
Published 16 months ago by JJR
5.0 out of 5 stars NOt just a Book a lesson...
Beeing myself a young, ambitous woman i was just very pleased to read such a good "guide", that's the way i personally find these book, it shows you what sometimes when living a... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Tatiani- Brazil
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
The author seems to style herself as a trailblazer for femininism, purely by being in the workforce. Read more
Published 19 months ago by SB
5.0 out of 5 stars A humorous account of a terrible event
This is a well written version of "a" city girls journey. As an ex city girl myself, with battle scars, I can vouch for all this book,(well not the romance part) I am sure there... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Barbara Ann Stapleton
1.0 out of 5 stars pc
Boring in comparison to city boy. If you are looking for the sme please re-consider. I read it on my kindle and kept waiting for it to get exciting and more interesting. Read more
Published on 1 Sep 2012 by P. Concannon
5.0 out of 5 stars CONFESSIONS OF A CITY GIRL
Confessions? Not really! Not a BAD Girl but A GOOD Girl trying to do BETTER! This easy to read book is a realistic and believable account of the City workplace from a female... Read more
Published on 17 July 2012 by Angela Amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth reading!
This is definitely a brilliant book to read. I couldn't put it down at all! I thought I finally find someone really understand how I feel! Read more
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