The Umbrella Men (Hardback)
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Hardback 451 Pages / Published: 04/04/2019
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A witty and acerbic novel for our times about corporate greed, the hubris of bankers, contradictions of the clean energy economy and their unintended consequences on everyday people. Finance, environmentalism, rare-earth mining and human frailties collide in a complex of flawed motives. We follow Peter Mount, the self-made Chief Executive of a London-based rare-earth mining company as he and his business are buffeted by crisis-torn Royal Bank of Scotland and by his own actions, real and imagined. Meanwhile in Oregon, Amy Tate and her group of local environmental activists do their contradictory part to undermine a component of the green economy, unwittingly super-charged by the Chinese state. The repercussions of events in pristine Oregon are felt in the corporate and financial corridors of New York and London with drastic consequences. This is a deeply involving novel about the current workings of capitalism, miscommunication, causes and unexpected effects, love and survival. "After reading a lot of claustrophobic, navel-gazing books, it is refreshing to pick up The Umbrella Men -- a rich, immersive novel of the type that really isn't seen much these days...what makes this book so readable and likeable are the well formed characters whose lives are disrupted personally and professionally by machinations of those in power." - Netgalley reviewer "A witty, globally-scoped expose of corporate greed and environmentalism told through an absorbing character-rich tale...Astute on the personal, environmental and financial butterfly effects of capitalism, this expansive novel is packed with surprises and reveals the complex and often contradictory interplay between human and economic forces." - Joanne Owen, Love Reading UK

Publisher: Neem Tree Press Limited
ISBN: 9781911107057
Number of pages: 451
Weight: 780 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 37 mm


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A witty, globally-scoped expose of corporate greed and environmentalism told through an absorbing character-rich tale. Set during the 2008-banking crisis, Peter Mount is the CEO of a small London mining company, a role he likens to "being the ringmaster of a small circus." His wife of 24 years is a Cambridge zoology graduate, whose predilection for holidays in "expensive resorts in distant locations" and life's finer, pricier things are not quite sustained by Peter's income. Then we meet Amy, a New Yorker with a former sizeable carbon footprint who's "transformed into a dedicated, environmental activist" when the idyll of her retreat in rural Oregon is disrupted by the racket of mining trucks working a few kilometres away from her property. Astute on the personal, environmental and financial butterfly effects of capitalism, this expansive novel is packed with surprises and reveals the complex and often contradictory interplay between human and economic forces. -- Joanne Owen, Love Reading UK
A caustic novel for our times about corporate greed, the hubris of bankers, contradictions of the clean energy economy, and their unintended consequences on everyday people. This is a hugely entertaining and enlightening look at the banking world post-2007. -- Book Riot: EXCELLENT...BOOKS OUT IN THE UK
After reading a lot of claustrophobic, navel-gazing books, it is refreshing to pick up The Umbrella Men -- a rich, immersive novel of the type that really isn't seen much these days...what makes this book so readable and likeable are the well formed characters whose lives are disrupted personally and professionally by machinations of those in power. -- Netgalley reviewer
A highly entertaining romp that very accurately portrays the conflicting objectives and modus operandi of groups of investment bankers, hedgies, environmentalists and a small rare earth mining company as they each try to maximise their own positions, and with abundant human frailties on show. -- Waterstones reviewer
I found this quick read interesting and thought-provoking. I would recommend this for anyone who is fed up with our state-of-affairs in our country but is tired of reading the same old news reports. -- Netgalley reviewer
An amusing and well written story. The main character Peter Mount is a true to life character of a self made man, over extending himself financially living the dream until a series of events collde to show the fragility of the life he had built. Although you want to dislike Peter you see a vulnerable side which compels you to read on and find out how events unfurl. -- Waterstones reviewer
...an interesting take on corporate culture and society. I always look for well written characters and dialog, and this fit the bill. Mr Carter is a talented writer and I look forward to more. Recommended. -- Netgalley Reviewer

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“The Umbrella Men”

A highly entertaining romp that very accurately portrays the conflicting objectives and modus operandi of groups of investment bankers, hedgies, environmentalists and a small rare earth mining company as they each... More

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“The Umbrella Men by Keith Carter”

An amusing and well written story. The main character Peter Mount is a true to life character of a self made man, over extending himself financially living the dream until a series of events collde to show the... More

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