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Hostage: Kidnapped on the High Seas blog tour

Posted by on Jul 24, 2014 in Books, News | 0 comments

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Linda in Wknd Magazine

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Books, News | 0 comments

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Linda to speak at Slaughter in Southwold – June 22nd

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Events, News | 0 comments

cwa new logoSaturday 21st June & Sunday 22nd June – Reydon Village Hall, Lowestoft Road, Reydon, Southwold.

Friends of Southwold Library, in association with the Crime Writers’ Association, are running a two day festival dedicated to crime writers and the lovers of crime writing.

Events include talks, interviews and book signings, lunch with the authors and crime quiz night with writers Andrew Martin, Cynthia Harrod-Eagles, Linda Davies, Ian Sansom, Elly Griffths, Nicci French and Sophie Hannah.

Linda will be speaking on the Sunday at 3:30pm. 

Visit the website for further information.

First look at the cover for Ark Storm

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in Books, News | 0 comments

Ark Storm will be available in August 2014 and will be published by TOR Books. Take a look at the cover below:

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Financial Fiction Related Genres – Part 2

Posted by on Aug 15, 2013 in Articles, Financial Fiction | 0 comments

One modern work of financial fiction, John McLaren’s Press Send which is discussed in the section on banker novelists could also be regarded as a work of science fiction as artificial intelligence is unlikely to reach the level described in the book in the foreseeable future, if at all. In contrast Po Bronson’s The First $20 Million is Always the Hardest describes a type of computer that did not exist when he started writing the novel but which was planned by major firms by the time it was published and hence his novel is a work of social realism – not science fiction. However, some science fiction writers of the 19th century and more recent times have had some interesting things to say about finance. Read More

Financial Fiction Related Genres – Part 1

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Articles, Financial Fiction | 0 comments

The Legal Fiction Genre

With its famous trial scene on which the plot hinges, Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice could be regarded as a forerunner, of both the legal fiction and the financial fiction genres, though exhibiting rather greater eloquence than most works in these categories! (However nobody can live on a diet of caviar and champagne. More modest fare can be even more satisfying in its own way). Dante’s Divine Comedy devotes significant attention to usury and counterfeiting. Dante was himself the son of a banker or money-changer, the brother-in-law of a moneylender. A loan, secured on the basis of a signature of dubious legality, is central to the plot of the Doll’s House by Ibsen, a play that was immensely controversial when it was first performed.

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Financial Fiction Genre: Banker – Novelists and Modern Financial Thrillers

Posted by on Aug 11, 2013 in Articles, Financial Fiction | 0 comments

Reaganism and Thatcherism shook up the international financial system, unleashing forces of enterprise, e.g. the Big Bang or deregulation of the financial markets in London in 1986. But these changes also creating a climate in which greed and avarice had spectacular opportunities in which to manifest themselves – the Great Crash in 1987 did have a sobering effect on many. Exactly 10 years after the Big Bang in the television series The Naked City on BBC2 Michael Lewis, author of the factual, autobiography Liar’s Poker was interviewed at length about that era, as was the novelist Linda Davies who was also a banker during that period.

Whereas other novelists who drew inspiration from the yuppie era such as McInerney, and Wolfe had a background in journalism (as did Ken Follett who set his first banking novel in the 1970s and his second in the Victorian period), a small group of new novelists who had worked as bankers during the previous decade emerged in the mid-1990s on both sides of the Atlantic. They included Po Bronson and Stephen Frey in the United States, and Linda Davies and Michael Ridpath in Great Britain. (One of the books of David Ignatius, a financial journalist and editor whose work is discussed in the previous section, has a lot in common with some of the works of these authors). Their emergence coincided with a period of great financial scandals such as Barings, and many others involving derivatives, BCCI, Maxwell, BRE-X etc.

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Financial Fiction Genre: Social Commentators, Journalists and Educators

Posted by on Aug 8, 2013 in Articles, Financial Fiction | 0 comments

The world of finance becomes a mainstream topic in the era of “Greed is Good,” Junk Bonds, Leveraged Buy-Outs, the Yuppies etc.

In the late 1960s the idea of using fiction as a means of teaching economic theory was revived by a pair of academics writing under the pseudonym ofMarshall Jevons. However, it was not until the 1980s that the world of finance really began to impinge on the public imagination. The 1980s was the get rich quick decade or the era of Junk Bonds, Leveraged Buy-Outs, and Greed is Good and the Yuppie. For an entertaining description of what it was like to be an investment banker in that period see Liar’s Poker by Michael Lewis, who has also written a more general, less autobiographical account of those times, The Money Culture. The 1980s and early 1990s also saw the appearance of financial novels by authors with a background in journalism or academics who were known as commentators on economic and social problems, and critics of the excesses of the financial world, or who used fiction for didactic purposes.

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Financial Fiction Genre: Finance without Frontiers, 1970-

Posted by on Aug 5, 2013 in Articles, Financial Fiction | 0 comments

The early the 1970s saw the breakdown of the system of the post-war system of fixed exchange rates established by the Bretton Woods in 1945, the final demise of the gold standard, the globalisation of banking as European, American and Japanese banks built up a substantial presence in all the main financial centres of the world, and the build up of huge amounts of rootless capital looking for a profitable home, e.g. the “petro-dollars” of the oil-rich Arab states after the OPEC price shocks. Developments in computing and telecommunications from the 70s onwards greatly facilitated the ease of transferring capital around the world.

The economic and political changes of the early 1970s also increased the opportunities for crime. Even the Vatican Bank was not immune. It and the Banco Ambrosiano was just two of a number of companies in Italy that were caught up in Italian banking scandals involving the Mafia, intelligence agencies, terrorists and arms dealers. Two of the principal figures were Michele Sindona and Roberto Calvi. Sindona was convicted in the U.S. on 65 counts of fraud and in 1984 was extradited to Italy where he was sentenced to life for murder. Two years later he was poisoned in his cell. Roberto Calvi also came to an untimely end. He was convicted by an Italian court in 1981 of illegal currency transactions. In 1982, a year after being convicted by an Italian court of illegal currency transactions, he was found hanging from a London bridge, possibly murdered. $400 million is still missing. These scandals were described inPower on Earth by Nick Tosches, St.Peter’s Banker by Luigi DiFonzo, God’s Banker by Rupert Cornwell, and The Calvi Affair by Larry Gurwin, and The Moneychangers : how the Vatican Bank enabled Roberto Calvi to steal $250 million for the Heads of the P2 Masonic lodge by Charles Raw.

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