Polly Courtney is the author of six published novels. Polly started out as an investment banker and wrote her first book because she wanted to expose the reality of life in the Square Mile.
Subsequent novels have covered sexism, racism, fame culture and the summer riots and her most recent novel, Feral Youth, is about disenfranchised youth in a summer of discontent.
Polly is an expert in the follwing areas:
Polly is a passionate champion of the underdog and this is reflected in her novels as well as her broadcast appearances.
- Sexism (as author of 'It's a Man's World' and through her work in the City and research in a lads' mag publishing house). Including discrimination in the workplace, the glass ceiling and objectification of women (lads' mag culture, strip clubs etc.).
- Disenfranchised youth and youth culture (through her research for her novel 'Feral Youth' and her links to a charity for young people, spending time with young people in schools and youth groups across south London). Including gang culture, youth involvement in crime, youth frustrations, causes of summer riots and youth poverty.
- Publishing (through having been one of the first successful self-published authors in 2006 and having turned her back on a traditional publisher, HarperCollins, in 2011, to go it alone). Including the way the publishing industry is changing, authors, books, publishers and the self-publishing revolution, and male/female stereotypes in publishing (e.g. 'chick lit' for women).
- City culture (through her time as a banker, and as author of ‘Golden Handcuffs - The Lowly Life of a High Flyer’). Including traders, bankers, bonuses, workplace sexism, attitudes, public response to 'banker' stories.
Polly is a regular commentator in the press and on TV and radio. She has a fortnightly slot on Sky News and often appears on the BBC and Channel 4 News to discuss a range of subjects including sexism, racism, youth frustration, the wealth divide, City culture and stereotypes in women’s fiction.
Social Commentator, Polly Courtney