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Any Other Business Life in and out of the City: Collected Writings from the Spectator and Elsewhere by Martin Vander Weyer

Any Other Business Life in and out of the City: Collected Writings from the Spectator and Elsewhere

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For a view of the City and the Banking industry over the past 15 years then it’s hard to beat the writing of Martin Vander Weyer who worked as an Investment Banker before transferring to journalism. This collection of his writing covers the major financial industry stories, but there are also more reflective articles, personal pieces that celebrate some of the joys of life.

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Any Other Business Life in and out of the City: Collected Writings from the Spectator and Elsewhere by Martin Vander Weyer

Since 1992, the financial and business life of the UK and many other parts of the world has changed beyond all recognition. The culture of that change has been expertly and insightfully charted in the writings of Martin Vander Weyer. Observing from the inside and the outside, having spent 15 years as an investment banker at the heart of the British financial establishment and in Brussels and the Far East before forging a creative path as a journalist, Martin Vander Weyer offers a unique critical perspective on the events and developments that have brought us to where we are today. From 'Big Bang' of 1986 that irrevocably changed the culture of banking - and of the UK - through to the global financial crisis of 2008 and the subsequent banking scandals, the people, ideas and very existence of the City have been under scrutiny as never before. In this eclectic and entertaining collection, Martin Vander Weyer brings a sharp eye and a very personal style to bear on often controversial topics, alongside recollections of life in the City and dissections of the current state of play; deliciously evocative accounts of travel, culture, food and daily life; and, very occasionally, reflections on the travails of middle age. Beautifully written, this collection offers an entirely unique, sometimes surprising, but always beguiling perspective on our changing times.


How refreshing then to find a book that is not only a fascinating read, but also one that is written as an edifying insight into the life, experience and opinions of a thoroughly interesting individual. This book is a glorious collection of personal postcards of the financial events and histories we have lived through over the past few decades. Included are a cast of characters from the unsavoury to the deeply worrying, but ones that we either know or can certainly picture. - Justin Urquhart Stewart, FT Adviser; Martin Vander Weyer, arguably the finest financial journalist of his generation, has three priceless gifts. He has the ability to describe the most complex economic conundrums in the simplest of prose; he has an exceptionally well-developed sense of humour; and he is a Yorkshireman, by nature, if not birth. All three gifts are amply and effortlessly displayed in this splendid collection of Martin's most memorable columns from the Spectator magazine and elsewhere. - Robert Beaumount, York Press; Just the thing for the dark days after Christmas when you may be suffering from SAD or merely excess ... It should cheer you up no end. - Allan Massie, The Spectator

About the Author

Martin Vander Weyer is Business Editor and Any Other Business columnist of the Spectator and a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and other national papers. He is the author of Falling Eagle: The Decline of Barclays Bank (2000), editor and principal author of Closing Balances: Business Obituaries from the Daily Telegraph (2006), and author of Fortune's Spear: The Story of the Blue-Blooded Rogue Behind the Most Notorious City Scandal of the 1920s (E&T, 2011).

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Publication date

2nd October 2014


Martin Vander Weyer

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Elliott & Thompson Limited


224 pages


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