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The ShortRead

The ShortRead

The ShortRead
16 September 2015

An extract from the latest book worthy of your attention. Gritty dramas, murderous thrillers, sci-fi epics, non-fiction knowledge enhancers: the ink will still be wet and your book club won't have read it.

16 September

Swimming With Sharks

Author: Joris Luyendijk 

What's the story: Do you know what caused the financial crash of 2008? Sure, bankers - but which bankers? And which exact banking departments were involved? And who's looking to stop it all happening again?

These are just some of the questions that journalist Joris Luyendijk set out to answer when he immersed himself in the City for a few years, speaking to over 200 people. After having enough whispered coffee meetings and exchanging many covert emails, Luyendijk has a chilling realisation: What if the bankers themselves aren't the real enemy? What if the truth about global finance is more sinister than that?

The sort of non-fiction read that makes you wonder why you ever bothered with fiction when the facts are this dramatic.

Release date: 17 September


Sir, please go back to your seat
Over the past few years I have spoken to around 200 people who work or have recently worked in the financial district of London. Their stories are very different but if I were to summarise them in one image, it would be that empty cockpit.


New York Times


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Where my heart used to beat by Sebastian Faulks

Arcadia by Iain Pears

Death by Video Game by Simon Parkin

Borderlines by Michela Wrong

The Jump by Doug Johnstone

The Hiding Room by John Burley

Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham

Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee

Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh

Solomon Creed by Simon Tyne

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

Instrumental by James Rhodes

Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall

The Killing of Bobbi Lomax by Cal Moriarty

A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

The Wrong Girl by David Hewson

The 3rd Woman by Jonathan Freedland

Pleasantville by Attica Locke

The Road Beneath My Feet by Frank Turner

So you've been publicly shamed by Jon Ronson

The A to Z of you and me by James Hannah

Cycling Climbs by Claire Beaumont & Nigel Peake

Beyond the Horizon by Ryan Ireland

Mainlander by Will Smith

Second Life by S J Watson

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson

The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks

The Winter War by Philip Teir

The missing and the dead by Stuart MacBride

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

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(Images: Flickr/Kate Hiscock; Rex)