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Friday Book Club - Campaign Ruby

Jessica Rudd has been nominated for a ‘Fun Fearless Female’ Award by Cosmopolitan magazine so we thought we’d feature her smart and sassy debut novel Campaign Ruby as this week’s Book Club pick.

When Ruby Stanhope gets an email announcing her redundancy, she hopes to maintain the composure expected of your average London investment banker.

Instead, the next day’s hangover brings two unfortunate discoveries. First, her impromptu reply to the bosses has gone viral, published everywhere from facebook to the Financial Times. Second, she has a non-refundable, same-day ticket to Melbourne, purchased under the influence of some heady Victorian pinot noir.

Landing in Australia, Ruby plans a quiet stay with her aunt in the Yarra Valley, but a party at the local winery results in an unexpected job offer: financial policy adviser to the Federal Leader of the Opposition.

Intrigued, Ruby heads to Melbourne for morning coffee with the Chief of Staff—and finds herself in the middle of the Treasurer’s overthrow of the Prime Minister and the announcement of an early election.

Rookie Ruby, dubbed ‘Roo’ by her Aussie colleagues, is thrown into the campaign and spends four weeks circumnavigating Australia while trying to stay afloat in the deep end of politics. Through trial and plenty of error (including wardrobe malfunctions, media mishaps and a palate for unsavoury men) she finds passion, not just a flair, for her new career.

With its light touch and deft comic instincts, Campaign Ruby is a delightful combination of fashion, faux pas and the unexpected fun of federal politics.

We’ve got notes for your reading group here, and you can watch and listen to various clips of Jessica talking about Campaign Ruby here.

Don’t forget you can also vote for Jessica in the Cosmo awards! And as always, you can keep up with our news on facebook and twitter.

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