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This Bleeding City

Preston, Alex H. M. (2010) This Bleeding City. Faber and Faber, 352 pp. ISBN 0-571-25171-4. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:40699)

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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.

Item Type: Book
Additional information: This Bleeding City was the first novel to engage with the Credit Crunch. Described by Kazuo Ishiguro as "a thrilling and memorable first novel," This Bleeding City seeks to use the hermeneutic structure of the novel as a way of investigating the psychological causes of the financial crisis and charting its emotional repercussions. The novel draws on a wealth of interviews with young traders and investment bankers, who provide a view from the bottom up of what led to the crisis. Through the character of its protagonist, Charlie Wales, the novel held a mirror up to a generation that had lost its moral compass, drawing on critiques of capitalism from Marx through the early twentieth-century panic novel right up to Oliver James's Affluenza. The novel has been widely translated overseas – a bestseller in the UK, Italy, Russia and Greece – and won the Spear's Best First Novel Award and the Edinburgh Festival Best First Book Award.;
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English philology and language
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
Depositing User: Alex Preston
Date Deposited: 07 Mar 2014 00:05 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:15 UTC
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