Other People's Money: A Novel

Other People's Money: A Novel

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by Justin Cartwright
     
 

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In a world still uneasy after the financial turmoil of 2008, Justin
Cartwright puts a human face on the dishonesties and misdeeds of the
bankers who imperiled us. Tubal and Co. is a small, privately owned bank
in England. As the company's longtime leader, Sir Harry Tubal, slips
into senility, his son Julian takes over the reins-and not all is

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In a world still uneasy after the financial turmoil of 2008, Justin
Cartwright puts a human face on the dishonesties and misdeeds of the
bankers who imperiled us. Tubal and Co. is a small, privately owned bank
in England. As the company's longtime leader, Sir Harry Tubal, slips
into senility, his son Julian takes over the reins-and not all is well.
The company's hedge fund now owns innumerable toxic assets, and Julian
fears what will happen when their real value is discovered.

Artair
Macleod, an actor manager whose ex-wife, Fleur, was all but stolen by
Sir Harry, discovers that his company's monthly grant has not been paid
by Tubal. Getting no answers from Julian, he goes to the local press,
and an eager young reporter begins asking questions. Bit by bit, the
reporter discovers that the grant money is in fact a payoff from Fleur,
written off by the bank as a charitable donation, and a scandal breaks.
Julian's temperament and judgment prove a bad fit for the economic
forces of the era, and the family business plunges into chaos as he
tries to hide the losses and massage the balance sheet.A story both cautionary and uncomfortably familiar, Other People's Money is
not a polemic but a tale of morality and hubris, with the Tubal family
ultimately left searching only for closure. Bold, humane, urbane, full
of rich characters, and effortlessly convincing, this is a novel that
reminds us who we are and how we got ourselves here.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781608195411
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/12/2011
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Justin Cartwright is the author of In Every Face I Meet, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Leading the Cheers, winner of the Whitbread; The Promise of Happiness, winner of the Hawthornden Prize; and White Lightning, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread. He was born in South Africa and now lives in London.
Justin Cartwright's novels include the Booker-shortlisted In Every Face I Meet, the Whitbread Novel Award-winner Leading the Cheers, the acclaimed White Lightning, shortlisted for the 2002 Whitbread Novel Award, The Promise of Happiness, selected for the Richard & Judy Book Club and winner of the 2005 Hawthornden Prize, The Song Before It Is Sung, To Heaven By Water, Other People's Money, winner of the Spears novel of the year and, most recently, the acclaimed Lion Heart. Justin Cartwright was born in South Africa and lives in London.

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Other People's Money 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Atthebeach More than 1 year ago
This is sort of a British version of a Bernie Madoff story. Except that in this story, a traditional and respected British bank misuses other people's money. And the results are a bit different. The story is really about the family bankers and their personal lives and how the growing scandal affects each of them, the bank's reputation, and their private fortunes. Marrying for youth and beauty and marrying for power and money are themes as well. And, of course, the big, bad American financier plays a role, too. Not to mention the journalists who sniff the story and attempt to expose it, including a young upstart who earns the first tip and has to run with it. Her crusty old editor uses her to try to land the big fish and end his career with a bang. Not all turns out as these characters expect. This was a fast read, absorbing, and the ending is full of complicated maneuvers and a few unexpected results.
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