• This is what George Bernard Shaw might have called An Intelligent Person's Guide to the Crisis of Modern Capitalism, and everyone ought to read it

    Robert Harris, Sunday Times
  • Original . . . beautifully written . . . both entertaining and profoundly anger-inducing

    Chris Blackhurst, Evening Standard
  • The route map to the crazed world of contemporary finance we have all been waiting for. John Lanchester's superb book is everything its subject - the 2008 crash - was not: namely lucid, beautifully contrived, comprehensible to the reader with no specialist knowledge - and most of all devastatingly funny

    Will Self
  • Wickedly funny . . . Good humor and good company will be the things that'll get us through

    Dwight Garner, New York Times
  • Endlessly witty, but the wit is underpinned by a tremendous, unembarrassed anger and moral lucidity. A superb guide which will turn any reader into an expert within the space of 200 pages.

    Jonathan Coe
  • Explains the madness of modern capitalism with razor-sharp insight, brilliant clarity and a refreshing dose of humour. A great book.

    John O'Farrell
  • Scarier than Thomas Harris

    Nicci French
  • John Lanchester's newfound mission: to explain the world of finance to the general public . . . The result is the perfect read for anyone still wondering what went wrong and why. Unless you'd rather they didn't know

  • Literary and profound . . . a master explainer with an excellent grasp of sophisticated finance

    Christopher Caldwell, The Daily Beast
  • Acidic, frightening, and sharply funny . . . a better book about the global meltdown than any other to date

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