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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 10/01/2013
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In the City everything has a price. At the age of twenty-eight, Dubliner Geri Molloy has put her troubled past behind her to become a major player at Steiner's investment bank in London, earning GBP850k a year doing business with a reclusive hedge fund manager in Hong Kong who, in return for his patronage, likes to ask her about Kant and watch while she eats exotic Asian delicacies. For five years Geri has had it all, but in the months leading up to the outbreak of the Gulf War in 1991, her life starts to unravel. Abandoned by her corporate financier boyfriend, in the grip of a debilitating insomnia, and drinking far too much, Geri becomes entangled in a hostile takeover involving her boss, her client and her ex. With her career on the line as a consequence, and no one to turn to, she is close to losing it, in every sense. Taut and fast-paced, On the Floor is about making money and taking risks; it's about getting away with it, and what happens when you're no longer one step ahead; ultimately, though, it's a reminder to never, ever underestimate the personal cost of success.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781846688096
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 184 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 17 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Aifric Campbell is one of my favourite Irish novelists -- Joseph O'Connor
A riveting novel from a unique talent. Aifric Campbell effortlessly conjures the action and excitement of the trading room floor creating a novel that explores the consequences of risk taking and ultimately thrills from start to finish * Irish Tatler *
An energetic and illuminating read ... Campbell manages to make this portrayal both eloquent and funny * Independent *
Impressively constructed ... a short, snappy and ultra-smart drama * Daily Mirror *
Art imitates life in this new novel by former trader Aifric Campbell. -- Harriet Dennys * City AM *
Enjoyable... Campbell knows this world well - so it all feels authentic -- Thomas Kelly * Irish Sunday Times *
Campbell paints a vivid picture of the high-pressured, macho trading floor. -- Anne Sexton * Hot Press *
The drama of high finance is ably conveyed... -- John O'Connell * Guardian *
A fantastic read that avoids getting bogged down in high finance specifics while revealing enough information to keep you engaged... -- Brian Campbell * Irish News *
Campbell has taken a considerable risk with such a wry, coarse, cynical, jargon-laden and tough offering. But then again, risks reap dividends. -- Sile McArdle * Irish Sunday Independent *
Aifric Campbell's On the Floor is a sharp, knowing and utterly gripping account of a young woman's hazardous voyage through the shark-infested waters of high finance, where distress signals are often calls to a bloody feast, and the most profound emotions can be traded as insider information. In Geri Molloy, the author has created an unforgettable heroine, a damaged but resourceful woman struggling to retain her humanity in a world of secrets, lies and greed. Writing with a gilt-edged style that delivers more than its share of narrative twists, Campbell brilliantly combines the best elements of the modern financial thriller and the nineteenth-century coming-of-age story to create a commanding work of fiction -- Stephen Amidon, author of Human Capital and Security
An energetic, gripping novel -- Steve Barfield * The Lady *
Aifric Campbell's gripping novel is set in the tough world of the financial market and the high-octane trading floor but it is about so much more than that. It is thrilling, morally searching, and beautifully written contemporary fiction, proof that the novel can be urgently relevant as well as utterly compelling -- Joseph O'Connor
Aifric Campbell knows her subjects intimately, and in On the Floor we are privileged to the secrets of high stakes finance and her heroine's private lives. Geri Molloy aces her career with pluck and genius... A brilliant and hilarious novel -- Min Jin Lee, national bestselling author of Free Food for Millionaires
In On the Floor, Aifric Campbell has created the perfect heroine in Geri Molloy: complicated, wildly talented, wary of others yet longing to connect, ambitious but apathetic, and haunted by demons both past and present as she navigates the high-flying financial world of the early nineties. A hugely intelligent and fast-paced novel about what drives us, what fulfills us, and how to tell the difference -- Emily Rapp, author of The Still Point of the Turning World
Move over Lisbeth Salander! Geri Molloy is a captivating protagonist - she might not have a dragon tattoo, but her story is riveting. On the Floor is the smartest financial novel since Bonfire of the Vanities, and the first with a fully-drawn female heroine. As someone who lived through the depths of 1990s Wall Street, I can attest that the details are dead right. And I'm still cheering Geri on -- Frank Partnoy, author of F.I.A.S.C.O. and Wait
In On the Floor, Campbell's heroine becomes caught in game of cat and mouse with a twisted mastermind, her career and soul at stake. She's a cross between Sherman McCoy and Bridget Jones. An exciting tale of a woman who ventures into the brutal world of finance -- John Coates, author of The Hour Between Dog and Wolf
Her prose combines broad commercial fiction tropes with the poise of literary writing, bursts of beautiful imagery or observations undercut by vulgarity, often to hilarious effect ... Part thriller, part feminist rallying call, On the Floor is a taunt and expertly paced novel. -- Val Nolan * Irish Examiner *
Of all the contemporary heroines, Geri Molloy might be the most badass. Watch out, Lisbeth Salander. * Marie Claire US *
Part of what makes Irish author Aifric Campbell's [On the Floor] work is her refusal to pity her characters... Her tough-talking, irreverent prose engenders an updated take on the Wall Street morality tale. * Daily Beast *
Confident, engaging, and incredibly readable... Recalling Bonfire of the Vanities and Wall Street, On the Floor is a work that throws us lock, stock, and barrel into the world of high finance.... a fascinating read-sometimes terrifying, often witty, always engagingly written. Judging from this debut, you can bank on Ms. Campbell to produce wonderful results in the future. * New York Journal of Books *
A smart, caustic, moving novel ... Banking is notoriously difficult to dramatize, but Campbell knows this world inside out ... She is a gifted storyteller, and possesses a rare insight into this secretive world ... I suspect Aifric Campbell has a lot more to say on this topic, and I hope she comes back to it in future novels. The world of finance is so lucrative that it still casts a spell; Campbell could, if she wanted to, be the one to open the eyes of the next generation of kids before they leave the leaky lifeboat of home for the proud Titanics of Wall Street and the City. -- Paul Murray (author of Skippy Dies) * Slate *

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