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The shattering novel of one man swept away in the turmoil of emotional, financial and moral boom and bust. Charlie Wales is a young man who wants everything. Fresh from University, he's seduced by the excitement of a new life in London and all that it promises. There's Vero, the beautiful French girl who might finally fall for him. There's the lure of art, but also the promise of fast money in the City. And his friends, who are spiralling into a world of non-stop parties and unchecked greed. But as the choices begin to tear him apart, there's also the danger that all the things he desires are on the brink of crashing around him...This debut novel, written by a 30-year-old trader, does not merely pick over the carcass of the financial markets in the wake of the recent crash. It is also a heartbreaking love story, a withering study of the years of excess, and a timely reminder of how good people end up doing terrible things.
Faber & Faber
About the author
Alex Preston was born in 1979. He lives in London with his wife and two children. His first novel, This Bleeding City, won the Spear's and Edinburgh Festival first book prizes, was selected as one of Waterstone'sNew Voices 2010 and has been translated into twelve languages. Alex is a regular panelist on the BBC Review Show and writes a fortnightly column in the New Statesman, as well as journalism for GQ, The Observer, The Independent and The Telegraph. He studied English under Tom Paulin at Hertford College, Oxford. For more information please visit Alex's website: http://alexhmpreston.com/
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