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Other People's Money

A Novel

by Justin Cartwright

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Other People's Money by Justin Cartwright
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  • Published Apr 2011
    272 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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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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"Cartwright is intent on compassionately portraying regular folks as well as those who operate the levers of power... but the overall chilly, deflated feeling does few favors for a book that intends to humanize grand contemporary ills." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Witty, thoughtful, briskly paced and entertaining - a terrific novel about excess, hubris, class and the age-old (usually one-sided) tussle between art and commerce." - Kirkus Reviews

"With wit and keen observation, Other People's Money is an entertaining, observant, and informative excursion into a distant world surprisingly close at hand." - Booklist

"As well as being funny and clever, this novel is also a handy idiot's guide to the financial crisis... This is a modest, gentle work of genius which creeps up on you." - The Guardian (UK)

"There is something to agree with and to admire on almost every page." - The Telegraph (UK)

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Justin Cartwright

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.

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