NIGHTMARISH COLLEAGUE

Hi Ella and Suse,
I work as a librarian in a job-share. While I very much enjoy the nature of my work and have a supportive manager, I find my job share partner very difficult to get on with. She is quite often controlling and over-bearing; the effort required to keep her at bay can be exhausting. Can you please prescribe a novel which might help me cope with this nightmarish colleague?
Yours,
Beleauguered Librarian
Dear Beleaguered,
One of the best novel cures for having an overbearing colleague or boss, is The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger. The heroine is a college graduate Andrea, who gets a much desired job as assistant to first class bitch boss Miranda Priestly, head of a hugely influential fashion magazine. Andrea is forced to kow-tow to this appalling woman, and to change her appearance to suit her surroundings, wearing high heels and cinch-waisted dresses where before she lounged around wearing whatever she felt like. Andrea at first does her best to please her boss, but gradually increases her sense of self-worth and moral high ground, until she has the courage to be the worm that turned. Reading this will have you chuckling with empathetic horror at the awfulness of Miranda Priestly, and we hope, ultimately finding your own methods of dealing with your awkward colleague.
On a more refined note, also read Italo Calvino's If on a Winter's Night a Traveller - this wonderful novel will remind you of your passion for reading, for readers, for libraries, for bookshelves and books - and will help you to rise above your current predicament.
Yours,
Ella and Suse
We prescribe - The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino

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