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Richard Murphy - Author

About the Author

Richard Murphy is a UK chartered accountant. He was senior partner of a practicing firm and director of a number of entrepreneurial companies before becoming one of the founders of the Tax Justice Network in 2002. He now directs Tax Research UK and writes, broadcasts and blogs extensively, the latter at http://www.taxresearch.org.uk/Blog/. Richard created the country-by-country reporting concept and has been credited with creating much of the debate on tax gaps in the UK and Europe. He also defined the term 'secrecy jurisdictions', now widely used in debates on offshore. Richard has been a visiting or research fellow at a number of UK universities and is joint author of Tax Havens, The True Story of Globalisation, Cornell University Press 2010 and sole author of The Courageous State, Searching Finance, 2011.

Featured books by Richard Murphy

The Joy of Tax

The Joy of Tax

Author: Richard Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2015

Tax has been around for a long time. Almost no one gives it a good press and they never have. And yet, this is the subject that is at the very heart of politics the world over. There is, though, another truth: that we really like what tax pays for. In fact, we like it so much that we have almost always been happy for our government to spend more than it raises from us in tax. 2008 apparently changed all that. The issue of debt, deficits, cuts and austerity now dominates the political agenda. In fact, absolutely any aspect of the government's finances and how to rearrange them in a seemingly forlorn hope of balancing the state's books is discussed, except for tax. That, it seems, is off limits. The one thing that is never mentioned is how tax can solve our problems. In this book, campaigner Richard Murphy will challenge almost every idea you have about tax. For him, tax is fundamentally about ideas, not technicalities, and his intention is to make clear that there is a joy in tax and it is one of the most important issues in our world today.

Other books by Richard Murphy

The Kick A Memoir of the Poet Richard Murphy

The Kick A Memoir of the Poet Richard Murphy

Author: Richard Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/07/2017

The Kick is a page-turner, based upon private diaries kept over the long life and disjointed times of the poet Richard Murphy. Born (1927) in the relics of a walled demesne near Kilamine, County Mayo, he was shipped out and back twice to the British Crown Colony of Ceylon, where his father was a colonial administrator. Thereafter he was moved every two years or so to a different boarding school for boys, mostly in England, until he won an Oxford scholarship at 17. There he encountered Ken Tynan (a bit older) and C.S. Lewis in extraordinary circumstances. One life story follows another in a continuous, witty, ironical narrative of surprising events.Murphy writes, according to Karl Miller, with candour and dignity, for example about personal issues, such as his ambivalent sexuality at a time of legal intolerance. This once led him into a risk of blackmail or prison in London at the age of 22. But dark events are countered by sea-light in this redeeming book.The fear of death from a German rocket falling on Wellington College in 1944 starts Murphy writing sonnets. He's aware that he's not a born poet and until T.S.Eliot accepts his volume Sailing to an Island for publication by Faber in 1963, he does not presume to call himself a poet. Sheep-farming in the Wicklow Hills and reseeding marginal land with deep-rooting herbs with lovely names, such as chicory, burnet, yarrow and wild white clover, take all his attention during his marriage - to the dismay of his wife. Then after his divorce in 1959, meeting Tony White from London on the quay of Inishbofin, Murphy begins another life as the owner of an old Galway hooker, the Ave Maria, which 'puts Inishbofin on the tourist map', and revives the art of small boat-building in Bofin. Murphy writes with affectionate lack of sentiment about the Protestant gentry from which he comes. The literary milieu in London, Dublin and New York are described with serenely devastating honesty. Here too are disturbing memories of discrimination against Irish Travellers, and of extreme violence in Sri Lanka. The Kick is the record of a lifetime's engagement with the fracturing tensions of personal life and with the more obviously violent legacies of Anglo-Irish history.It demonstrates the qualities that Ted Hughes recognised in Murphy's verse: 'It combines a high music with simplicity, force and directness in dealing with the world of action.' Murphy describes the literary milieus of London, Dublin, and New York and his friendships and encounters with some of the leading postwar writers, including W.H. Auden, Ted Hughes, Sylvia Plath, J.R. Ackerley, Laura Riding, Robert Graves, John McGahern, and Conor Cruise O'Brien.Richard Murphy (born 1927) is one of Ireland's most distinguished poets. He is particularly known for poems that draw on the people, the landscape, and the history of the west of Ireland. His Collected Poems (Gallery Press) was published in 2000. Lilliput Press published Murphy's Poems 1952-2012 with a revised text and appendices in 2013 and The Poetry Book Society gave it a Special Commendation. Murphy's awards include the Cheltenham Award and the American-Irish Foundation Award. The Kick: A Memoir was shortlisted for the J.R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography.

Dirty Secrets How Tax Havens Destroy the Economy

Dirty Secrets How Tax Havens Destroy the Economy

Author: Richard Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/02/2017

The Panama Papers demonstrated that the superrich hide their wealth from the rest of us. Dirty Secrets shows that this was not by accident, but by design. It was the result of a powerful alliance of the wealthy, their advisers and the state that has undermined all attempts to solve the tax haven problem. This is because tax havens are the unacknowledged heart of globalized capitalism. Their purpose is to provide freedom from regulation. The exponents say this makes markets work and so we all gain. But this argument has now failed. Furthermore democracy itself is being threatened by the political fallout from the mistrust this regime has created. The result is that tax havens are now a threat to the very system that supposedly spawned it. Dirty Secrets is the most revelatory examination of the crisis by a leading expert, but also offers solutions on how governments can regulate havens and what the world might look like without them.

The Joy of Tax

The Joy of Tax

Author: Richard Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/06/2016

'A brief but crucially important book' Marcus Chown In The Joy of Tax, tax campaigner Richard Murphy challenges almost every idea you have about tax. For him, tax is fundamentally about the ideas that shape the sort of society we want to live in, not technicalities. His intention is to demonstrate that there is indeed a joy in tax, and by embracing it we can create a fairer society and change the world for the better. Tax has been a feature of human society for a very long time. Almost no one gives tax a good press even though, as Richard Murphy argues, it has been fundamental to the development of democracy the world over. Whilst we may not like tax very much, in contrast it is clear that we really do like the public services which governments provide. So much so, in fact, that for most of the last 300 years, people have been more than happy for governments to run deficits by spending more than they raise in taxation. 2008 apparently changed all that. The issues of debt, deficits, cuts and austerity have dominated the political agenda ever since. Virtually every aspect of the government's finances and how to rearrange them in the forlorn hope of balancing the books has been discussed in great detail. Despite that, there has been almost no real discussion during this period about what tax is for and how it contributes to the creation of the society we aspire to.

Crash Course Endocrinology: Updated Print + E-book Edition

Crash Course Endocrinology: Updated Print + E-book Edition

Author: Richard Murphy, Ronan O'Neill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/01/2015

The (printed) 'Updated Edition' now comes with added value access to the complete, downloadable eBook version via Student Consult. Search, read and revise whilst on the move and use the interactive self-assessment to test your understanding. Crash Course - a more flexible, practical learning package than ever before. Crash Course - your effective every day study companion PLUS the perfect antidote for exam stress! Save time and be assured you have all the core information you need in one place to excel on your course and achieve exam success. A winning formula now for over 15 years, each series volume has been fine tuned and fully updated, with an improved layout tailored to make your life easier. Especially written by senior medical students or recent graduates - those who have just been in the exam situation - with all information thoroughly checked and quality assured by expert faculty advisers, the result are books which exactly meet your needs and you know you can trust. Each provides an integrated approach to the subject by linking together topics such as anatomy, development, histology, physiology and pharmacology. Diseases and complaints, clerking, clinical assessment and examination, common skills and further investigations are also covered. Commencing with clear 'Learning Objectives', every chapter guides you succinctly through the topic, giving full coverage of the curriculum whilst avoiding unnecessary and often confusing detail. A fully revised self-assessment section matching the latest exam formats is also included.In this edition, Crash Course Endocrinology has been carefully revised to further reflect the requirements today's medical curriculum, including enhanced coverage of the essential area of diabetes. More than 130 illustrations present clinical, diagnostic and practical information in an easy-to-follow manner Friendly and accessible approach to the subject makes learning especially easy Written by students for students - authors who understand exam pressures Contains 'Hints and Tips' boxes, and other useful aide-m moires Succinct coverage of the subject enables 'sharp focus' and efficient use of time during exam preparation Contains a fully updated self-assessment section - ideal for honing exam skills and self-testing Self-assessment section fully updated to reflect current exam requirements Contains 'common exam pitfalls' as advised by faculty Crash Courses also available electronically! Online self-assessment bank also available - content edited by Dan Horton-Szar! The (printed) 'Updated Edition' now comes with added value access to the complete, downloadable eBook version via Student Consult. Search, read and revise whilst on the move and use the interactive self-assessment to test your understanding. Crash Course - a more flexible, practical learning package than ever before. Now celebrating over 10 years of success - Crash Course has been specially devised to help you get through your exams with ease. Completely revised throughout, the new edition of Crash Course is perfectly tailored to meet your needs by providing everything you need to know in one place. Clearly presented in a tried and trusted, easy-to-use, format, each book in the series gives complete coverage of the subject in a no-nonsense, user-friendly fashion. Commencing with 'Learning Objectives', each chapter guides you succinctly through the topic, giving full coverage of the curriculum whilst avoiding unnecessary and often confusing detail. Each chapter is also supported by a full artwork programme, and features the ever popular 'Hints and Tips' boxes as well as other useful aide-m moires. All volumes contain an up-to-date self-assessment section which allows you to test your knowledge and hone your exam skills. Authored by students or junior doctors - working under close faculty supervision - each volume has been prepared by someone who has recently been in the exam situation and so relates closely to your needs. So whether you need to get out of a fix or aim for distinction Crash Course is for you!!

Pleasure Ground

Pleasure Ground

Author: Richard Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/04/2013

ichard Murphy, now in his eighties, is one of Ireland's most distinguished poets, known particularly for poems drawing on the landscape and history of the west of Ireland with classical rigour and 'unvarnished' clarity. He emerged in the 1950s with John Montague and Thomas Kinsella as one of the three major poets in the new Irish poetic renaissance. The Pleasure Ground expands the scope of his much acclaimed Collected Poems of 2000 to include a selection of new poems along with an appendix featuring illuminating commentary on the historical and personal background of some of his most notable work, including 'The Cleggan Disaster', 'The God Who Eats Corn', The Battle of Aughrim, and the poems of High Island.

Over Here and Undertaxed: Multinationals, Tax Avoidance and You

Over Here and Undertaxed: Multinationals, Tax Avoidance and You

Author: Richard Murphy Format: eBook Release Date: 18/02/2013

Tax has rocketed to the top of the news agenda. When Amazon, Google and Starbucks were pulled up in front of the Public Accounts Committee, many were stunned at how little corporation tax they paid (if at all) in a time of austerity and government cuts. How can a tax gap of 12 billion be justified, when a CEO can take home $101 million a year? There is a growing realization that maybe we aren't all in this together , and what are Google's 'Dutch sandwich' and a 'double Irish' anyway? In this 30,000-word ebook Richard Murphy, a highly respected economic commentator and blogger, explains how we came to this situation, its origins and development after the 2008 economic crisis, who the villains of the piece are, and why. But this ebook also seeks answers and Murphy offers concrete and practical solutions in the face of growing public awareness, which politicians and companies will ignore at their peril as taxpayers vote with their feet. Part of the Brain Shots series, the pre-eminent source for high quality, short-form non-fiction.

Stoke City Miscellany Potters Trivia, History, Facts and Stats

Stoke City Miscellany Potters Trivia, History, Facts and Stats

Author: Richard Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 10/10/2010

The Stoke City Miscellany is full of fascinating facts, trivia, stats, stories and anecdotes from the history of Stoke City. Featuring great matches from cup finals to play-offs, great players from Stanley Matthews to Ricardo Fuller, and managers from Tony Waddington to Tony Pulis. There are also the interesting items from feng shui in dressing rooms to uninsured roofs, from celebrity fans to Pottermouth, and from shirt sponsors to South American friendlies. This book will bring pleasure to young and old alike and provide the reader with many new facts about an historic football club.Stoke City Miscellany collects together all the vital information you never knew you needed to know about the Potters. In these pages you will find irresistible anecdotes and the most mindblowing stats and facts. Heard the one about the opposition goalie that Stoke fans attempted to throw in the River Trent, mid-match? How about the time feng shui in the dressing-room won the club promotion? Or the 1960s testimonial match that drew a live TV audience of some 112 million? Do you know when Bobby Charlton played a match in a Stoke shirt? Which American world middleweight champion (and which Norwegian pop group) are Stoke fans? And who was the club's most frequently injured player? All these stories and hundreds more appear in a brilliantly researched collection of trivia - essential for any Potters fan who holds the riches of the club's history close to their heart.

England On This Day (cricket) History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year

England On This Day (cricket) History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year

Author: Richard Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/08/2009

England On This Day revisits all the most magical and memorable moments from the national cricket team's illustrious past, mixing in a maelstrom of quirky anecdotes and legendary characters to produce an irresistibly dippable England diary - with an entry for every day of the year. From the first ever Test match in 1877 through to the Twenty20 era, England's faithful fans have witnessed world domination and tragicomic failures, grudge matches, controversy and absurdity - all present here. Timeless greats such as Ian Botham, Jack Hobbs and Fred Trueman, Denis Compton, Harold Larwood and Andrew Flintoff all loom larger than life. Revisit 5 January 1971, when a Melbourne Test became the first ever one day international. 30 July 1995: Dominic Cork takes England's first hat-trick in 38 years! Or 6 September 1880, when WG Grace and his two brothers all made their Test debuts - two successful, one tragic.

Confessions of a Contractor

Confessions of a Contractor

Author: Richard Murphy Format: eBook Release Date: 01/04/2009

Henry Sullivan has spent seventeen years renovating houses for wealthy women in Los Angeles. To distance himself from his clients, and the intimate environments he works in, he has devised a set of rules to keep him out of trouble. Over the course of one very complicated summer, he begins breaking those rules when he takes on the houses and the lives of two very different women who used to be friends. Henry, an unconventional craftsman with a reputation that precedes him, falls for both women, and quickly finds himself erecting an emotional house of cards as he attempts to complete both jobs while piecing together the mysterious events that ended the womens friendship.Confessions of a Contractor breaks new ground, knocking down the walls of the American home, uncovering the way people behave behind closed doorsand the secrets they shelter within. Candid, amusing, and hugely entertaining, this novel reveals that a good contractor can fix just about any home, but no contractor will ever be able to fix a homeowner.

Stoke City on This Day History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year

Stoke City on This Day History, Facts and Figures from Every Day of the Year

Author: Richard Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 17/10/2008

Stoke City On This Day revisits all the most magical and memorable moments from the club's' rollercoaster past, mixing in a maelstrom of quirky anecdotes and legendary characters to produce an irresistibly dippable red-and-white diary - with an entry for every day of the year. From the club's formation in 1863 through to the Premier League era, the Potters faithful have witnessed title challenges in the '40s and '70s, promotion parties and great escapes, breathtaking Cup runs and triumphs - all featured here. Timeless greats such as Stanley Matthews, Jimmy Greenhoff and Gordon Banks, Ricardo Fuller, Freddie Steele and Neil Franklin all loom larger than life. Revisit City's Nou Camp victory against the European Cup Winners' Cup champions, a pseudonymous appearance at the dawn of US league soccer, and the day when Stoke players came first and third in Player of the Year!

Literature, Culture, Theory Theorizing the Avant-Garde: Modernism, Expressionism, and the Problem of Postmodernity

Literature, Culture, Theory Theorizing the Avant-Garde: Modernism, Expressionism, and the Problem of Postmodernity

Author: Richard Murphy Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/04/1999

In Modernism, Expressionism and Theories of the Avant Garde, Richard Murphy mobilises theories of the postmodern to challenge our understanding of the avant-garde. He assesses the importance of the avant-garde for contemporary culture and for the debates among theorists of postmodernism such as Jameson, Eagleton, Lyotard and Habermas. Murphy reconsiders the classic formulation of the avant-garde in Lukacs and Bloch, especially their discussion of aesthetic autonomy, and investigates the relationship between art and politics via a discussion of Marcuse, Adorno and Benjamin. Combining close textual readings of a wide range of films as well as works of literature, it draws on a rich array of critical theories, such as those of Bakhtin, Todorov, MacCabe, Belsey and Raymond Williams. This interdisciplinary project will appeal to all those interested in modernist and avant-garde movements of the early twentieth century, and provides a critical rethinking of the present-day controversy regarding postmodernity.

Literature, Culture, Theory Theorizing the Avant-Garde: Modernism, Expressionism, and the Problem of Postmodernity

Literature, Culture, Theory Theorizing the Avant-Garde: Modernism, Expressionism, and the Problem of Postmodernity

Author: Richard Murphy Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 22/04/1999

In Modernism, Expressionism and Theories of the Avant Garde, Richard Murphy mobilises theories of the postmodern to challenge our understanding of the avant-garde. He assesses the importance of the avant-garde for contemporary culture and for the debates among theorists of postmodernism such as Jameson, Eagleton, Lyotard and Habermas. Murphy reconsiders the classic formulation of the avant-garde in Lukacs and Bloch, especially their discussion of aesthetic autonomy, and investigates the relationship between art and politics via a discussion of Marcuse, Adorno and Benjamin. Combining close textual readings of a wide range of films as well as works of literature, it draws on a rich array of critical theories, such as those of Bakhtin, Todorov, MacCabe, Belsey and Raymond Williams. This interdisciplinary project will appeal to all those interested in modernist and avant-garde movements of the early twentieth century, and provides a critical rethinking of the present-day controversy regarding postmodernity.

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