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Breaking the Bank

“The culture within parts of British banking has increasingly been one of risk-taking leading to the meltdown that we have witnessed”

 

The House of Commons Treasury Committee, 7th Report of the session 2008-2009, 21st April 2009

In his 6th Novel, Alan Reynolds has blown the lid off the culture and practices in British Banking that led to the financial crisis of 2008.

The book is set in a fictional Bank in 1997 and follows the exploits of Martin Brazier the manager of a branch in the North of England. We learn at first hand about the pressures exerted by the bullying Regional Director and his relentless drive to achieve targets. The rewards for success are lavish with bonuses and incentive trips; the punishment for failure, humiliation and shame. The resulting behaviours - hedonism, greed and dishonesty are played out in a fast moving thriller which will have readers on the edge of their seats as the story unfolds.