Liz Lyon is Head of Features at StoryWorld TV. It’s exhilarating and sometimes glamorous work, but as a single mother with a demanding career, her life is a constant balancing act. Then simmering tensions erupt at the station, trapping Liz in a web of rivalry, manipulation and deceit. If she trusts the wrong person, she could lose her job. But with everything she thought she knew crumbling around her, can she even trust herself?
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As you’ve probably guessed by now I’m a reviewer member of NetGalley and I was searching one day looking for something I wouldn’t usually choose and I came across this book by Jane Lythell. It’s a little known fact to some people who know me IRL that I actually have a degree in media production and have worked a little in film and television before. I have quite a few friends from university who are working in the British TV industry and I’m no stranger to the ins, outs and big characters that goes into such a fast-paced environment so the setting of this story spoke volumes to me.
Woman of the Hour follows Liz, a woman who is juggling life as a single mother to a teenager and handling the big names and egos of the colleagues working at her TV station to create a topical programme for broadcast everyday. Think a behind-the-scenes look at a twisted version of The Morning.
Basically, Liz’s boss takes his position of authority too far with two members of her team and she is left with the fallout of how to deal with handling the event under her duty of care as a woman working within an industry dominated by men – supposedly.
I’m really torn about this book because even though I enjoyed being involved as a reader in how the daily broadcasts came together and nodding my head at all of the technical terms I’m familiar with in production I felt like it needed more to make an impact with an average reader. I’m also still a little lost of what the title and overall message of this story is because it kind of doesn’t really have a decent ending to note – the characters and story could carry on quite happily without a reader for several more chapters. I think I get the idea that as a woman, Liz is quite powerless within her industry but I personally think that opinion is totally rubbish.
A lot of the women I’ve met in high positions in TV production are actually badass bitches who don’t let big-headed directors have their own way regardless on if they hold a production together or not – there’s a lot more teamwork involved IRL than this book states. Not everyone is an egotistical twit in TV land – most people are actually pretty awesome enough to know how to do adult things like work together to achieve an end goal and they aren’t complete divas like the picture this book seems to paint.
A decent read for someone like me who’s interested in the setting but I can see it being a total bore for someone else so I gave this quite a middle-of-the-road rating.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this title from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.