Posts made in July, 2013

Fraud: A Class Act – National Theatre

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Portfolio | 0 comments

Fraud: A Class Act – National Theatre

A piece on fraud written for The National...

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Did You Know… Financial Fiction

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Articles, Financial Fiction | 0 comments

Did you know… False hopes of a gold rush in Wales and a failed bank in Ireland helped to inspire a novel by Dickens? Credit cards were predicted in a 19th century novel? What links Phileas Fogg, the hero of Around the Word in Eighty Days and Nick Leeson? Although Emile Zola wrote a great novel about banking and the Parisian bourse in the 19th century he himself never had a bank account? What the connection is between the financing of the London Underground and the man who inspired an American trilogy? Thackeray turned to writing after losing a fortune in Indian banks? Tulips were the cause of the world’s first stock exchange crisis and a tale of financial...

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If Fiction comes true…

Posted by on Jul 15, 2013 in Articles | 0 comments

Careful what you write I am familiar with the oft-quoted Confucian proverb: be careful what you wish for, the Gods might just grant it, but I had never thought that I would be able to amend it into a stricture of my own: be careful what you write.  In my case, the Gods, the Fates, or perhaps a malevolent Djinn, did actually transpose me into the pages of my first novel for children – Sea Djinn. When I left St Edmund Hall (PPE) I became an investment banker, a career I safely followed for seven years before escaping to write financial thrillers. This I did happily for twelve years, penning five which were published around the world.  These were not without their own...

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