The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers

by Paul Torday

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A sad comedy of the boom and sudden fall of the hedge funds, of the American market affecting us, of financial risk and con all wrapped round the tale of a likeable character who eventually finds redemption in a clever twist.  In my mind it’s Torday’s cleverest since Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.


Comparison: Justin Cartwright, David Nobbs.

Sarah Broadhurst

The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers Synopsis

Hector Chetwode-Talbot, Eck to his friends, has left the army and is slightly at a loss as to what to do next, when he is approached by an old army pal, Bilbo Mountwilliam. Bilbo runs an investment fund company and business is booming. Bilbo persuades Eck to join the company as a 'greeter' for moneyed clients. All Eck has to do is supply the contacts with entertainment and large G&Ts and then the fund managers will do the rest. Soon Eck is able to buy himself a luxury sports car and decadent flat. It is on a golfing trip to France that Eck first meets Charlie Summers, a fly-by-night entrepreneur whose latest scheme is to import Japanese dog food into the UK. Soon Charlie lands on Charlie's doorstep with his suitcase, intent on staying and relaunching his dog food business in the area. But with the financial crash looming, Eck begins to ask himself if they are so very different...

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ISBN: 9780753823415
Publication date: 28/10/2010
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback

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ISBN: 9780753823415
Publication date: 28th October 2010
Author: Paul Torday
Publisher: Phoenix (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 304 pages
Genres: eBook Favourites, Family Drama, Literary Fiction, Reading Groups,
Categories: Classic fiction (pre c 1945),

About Paul Torday

Paul Torday was our Guest Editor in April 2012 - click here - to see the books that inspired his writing.   Paul Torday was born in 1946 and read English Literature at Pembroke College, Oxford. He spent the next 30 years working in engineering and in industry, after which he scaled back his business responsibilities to fulfil a long-harboured ambition - to write. He burst on to the literary scene in 2006 with his first novel, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, an immediate bestseller that has been sold in 25 countries. Paul Torday died in 2013.

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