Matthew Verreaux is a frazzled associate in the London office of an international law firm. A nightmarish deal has left him disillusioned, cynical, and embittered. The never-ending hours of dedication to a job that offers him so little professional fulfillment drives him out of the office building and right over the edge-into a chasm of unemployment during what quickly becomes the 2008 collapse of the world economy.
With a romantic break-up following quickly on the heels of the loss of his career, Matthew is forced to start over-and he soon finds out just how hard that can be, in a city in the throes of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. He is forced to take a boring, pedestrian job with the Standards Supervision Team at cable television watchdog Ofcable, but what at first seems like a worse alternative to an already terrible professional life ends up presenting unexpected circumstances that offer new purpose, romance, friendship, and the self-reinvention he'd been hoping for.
Through the dark clouds of financial disaster, fear, and desperation, Watchdog shines with satirical humor, love and truth in the way only a credit crunch fairytale could.
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About the Author
Robert Anderson studied law at the University of Oxford and is now a partner in a corporate law firm. He lives in South West London with his wife and their two daughters. His personal experiences working in the city of London during the collapse of Lehman Brothers and ensuing global financial crisis in 2008 inspired his debut novel, Watchdog.