A former Morgan Stanley trader’s novel about life in London’s financial centre has been long-listed for Britain’s prestigious Orange Prize, given to the best English-language novel by a woman, The Telegraph reports.Aifric Campbell’s On The Floor tells the story of a young woman who rises to the top of the world of high finance only to be dragged under by debilitating insomnia, alcoholism and ruined relationships.
In real life, Campbell became the first-ever female managing director of a trading team at Morgan Stanley’s London office, but suffered a nervous breakdown after returning to work too soon after the birth of her son, according to the Telegraph. She ultimately spent nine weeks in a psychiatric hospital, and eventually quit her job to become a novelist.
The Orange Prize winner will be announced May 30.
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