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The Geranium Woman

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While grieving the death of her father, the Parisian CEO of a corporate events company faces stark choices. Questioning what it means to succeed , she must decide whether to keep trying to build an ethically sound company, in keeping with her values, or appease the shareholders, interested only in profit. Her resolve is tested to the full, not least by Tristan, her board-r ...more
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Published March 1st 2016 by Cinnamon Press
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Ann Leander
Mar 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A rewarding and satisfying read!
The Geranium woman grows on you slowly as the reader gets only hints of
the cracks in the veneer of the cool-headed Parisian CEO. Hazel Manuel’s writing
is controlled and beautiful, leading us gently into the heart of this woman who is
suffering from the death her father and best-friend. We feel the responsibility of
her position and the tension of boardroom politics. At the same time we follow her
realisation that the peace she seeks is within herself. Her decision
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Barry Whittingham
Mar 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Set to a backdrop of present day Paris with an almost exclusive French cast, The Geranium Woman follows the trials and tribulations of Ms de Quincy (symbolically, we only learn her first name right at the end), the bachelor CEO of a small French company specializing in the organisation of corporate events and functions. Her tribulations are both professional and personal. In a business world made for men by men, she’s in permanent conflict with Tristan, an ambitious, sexist fellow director, open ...more
Gardenia Plant
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book is about a CEO working and living in Paris. She seems to have it all, aside from a husband and family. She has a great job, a lover nearby, and another far away, a beautiful apartment and possessions. As the book proceeds, we see that she has grown disillusioned and wants to change the way the company views progress. She is also fed up of being alone. With beautiful excerpts from the POV of her father, we learn about her childhood and her enigmatic personality. It was not my usual read ...more
Alain G
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Exciting and compelling

What an interesting book. Themes of corporate social responsibility and ethical business could be dry and uninspiring in another writers hands but this writer explores the issues in such a way that make them compelling and even exciting. Alongside this we get a look at what its like to be a woman running a company. This book has certainly opened my eyes to issues I didn't previously appreciate. I particularly enjoyed the chapters set in India.
Hazel Manuel
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I think it's excellent. But then, I'm biased :)
Rowan
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In tragedy, the plot is propelled by a hamartia—the flaw of the protagonist that causes subsequent events. The protagonist of The Geranium Woman suffers such a flaw, which consists of her naïvely in falling for something analogous to Mornington Crescent. Popularised in Britain by the radio show I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue, it's a game in which you move between locations on the London Underground to arrive at the eponymous Northern Line station. As you play, you challenge the ‘legality’ of other p ...more
Frank Callaghan
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
‘The Geranium Woman’, is Hazel Manuel’s second novel, following quite closely on the heels of her first one. This tale is very different, and whilst this is partly set in India, unlike her first novel, this one is set mostly in France, especially Paris. The first novel was pretty much described within an Indian setting.

Personally, I am a painter, an artist, and I have spent much of my life looking at the work of other artists, and studying art history. I can tell the work of lots of artists, eve
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Dr
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Geranium Woman by Hazel Manuel a review by Dr Chris Barnes, Bangor, Wales

A refreshing and interesting novel in places truly riveting yet amazingly easy to read. This is the second of Hazel’s works and deals with business, life, death and a personal love triangle through the eyes of a very capable and talented female CEO.

I love the way in which very subtle nuances of almost fragment-like description are used build up intrigue surrounding individual characters and the plot as a whole.

The rea
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Ian
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a book of our time, dealing with some of the central themes that effective leaders in all sectors need to address. It is written through the lense of a female CEO who is determined to keep ethical practice at the forefront of her business strategy.

People, Planet, Profit.

Her struggle to persuade the Board and to maintain their focus on that strategy provides a fascinating insight from a writer who has herself been a CEO. The authenticity of her handling of the business issues shines throu
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Nikki Tate
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Geranium Woman is an intriguing novel of loss, boardroom maneuvering, and bedroom politics set in Paris and Mumbai (with a couple of side trips to other locations in Europe). Hazel Manuel has done a good job of juxtaposing a personal story of loss and grief with the cutthroat machinations of the global corporate world. Part manifesto, part middle-aged coming-of-age tale, the book starts gently and builds to a satisfying conclusion. With a ring of authenticity (Manuel was a CEO before dedicat ...more
Margaret  Rodgers
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hazel Manuel has written a compelling novel about a female CEO that explores gender dynamics, corporate ethics and modern dating. As someone who has worked in an office environment, I found the novel extremely relatable. However, I also found it relatable in several other ways, such as dealing with the grieving process whilst managing career demands and the difficulty in dating in today’s world. I loved how The Geranium Woman was set amongst the backdrop of two fascinating cities: beautiful Pari ...more
Michelle Angharad
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Prologue - Troyes and the abbreviation, T-P, drew me in immediately. Something significant happened here, but what and when?
The book shows you the business world through the eyes of the female protagonist and her struggle to come to terms with the recent death of her father as she attempts to build an ethical company. Naturally she faces obstacles, both professional and personal. She needs to discover what lies deep within, what drives her and where her future lies. Her journey of discovery
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