Tycoonery: A Novel

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Stuck in a loveless marriage with the local grocer in small-town Kent, Maureen Harding’s life is drab and uneventful. Uneventful, that is, until property tycoon David Adler, working-class boy made good, descends on the local community with ambitions to buy up and knock down the town center, intending to construct a modern shopping mall in its place. Among the buildings Adler wants is the grocer’s—and he also wants Maureen. As big businessman comes up against local tradesman, a man more concerned to hold onto his ...

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Overview

Stuck in a loveless marriage with the local grocer in small-town Kent, Maureen Harding’s life is drab and uneventful. Uneventful, that is, until property tycoon David Adler, working-class boy made good, descends on the local community with ambitions to buy up and knock down the town center, intending to construct a modern shopping mall in its place. Among the buildings Adler wants is the grocer’s—and he also wants Maureen. As big businessman comes up against local tradesman, a man more concerned to hold onto his shop than his wife, events hasten towards an explosive denouement. Seen through the eyes of David Adler’s old school friend, the cynical, donnish George Timmins, Tycoonery is awry, ironic novel of financial and amorous desire in 1970s England.

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“Roger Smith writes with a frankness and honesty that I find both compelling and deeply moving.”—Hanif Kureshi

“Witty and full of surprises, a realist fable for our times.”—Jenny Diski

“A witty, sharply observed story of aspiration, self-delusion and lust.”—Ken Loach

“Everything you could ask for in a book ... grace, pace and good taste and is thrilling from one end to the other.”—Andrew O’Hagan

“Ironic, intelligent and grimly funny voices from the past remind us what a mess we are in today.”—Stephen Frears

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844678983
  • Publisher: Verso Books
  • Publication date: 8/2/2012
  • Pages: 204
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Smith is the author of Inhibition: History and Meaning in the Sciences of Mind and Brain.

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