Publishers HarperCollins Australia today revealed they had acquired Man In Armo u r — about an investment banker struggling under the pressure of his testosterone-driven, dog-eat-dog existence — for release later this year.
McKenna, the Group Director of Broadcasting for News Corp, said she hopes the book “provides readers with a glimpse into the dark side of my world. A world in which the path to success reshapes everyone, often to the point where even the most resilient don’t recognise themselves.”
The author is well-placed to deliver on that.
Described by HarperCollins as “an ultimate business insider”, McKenna is a director of a number of listed and non-listed Australian companies including Foxtel, Nova Entertainment and Woolworths, and a former commissioner of the Australian Productivity Commission and former chairman of the NBN.
“This is a novel of genuine, extraordinary power, which gives us a glimpse into a fascinating world — totally foreign to most of us — which we can barely comprehend,” said Catherine Milne, Head of Fiction at HarperCollins Australia.
Speaking of McKenna’s protagonist Charles, a man in crisis at work and home who is trying to shield himself from the brutality of his corporate role, Milne adds: “I read it with a kind of fascinated compulsion — half horror, half pity for this man who has so protected himself, he’s cut himself off from the world.”
HarperCollins, which is part of the News Corp group of businesses, will publish Man In Armour under the Fourth Estate imprint on 5 August 2020.