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Final Demand [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Moggach
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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From the bestselling author of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

Natalie is a girl who should be going somewhere. Beautiful, bright and ambitious, she’s stuck in a dead-end job in the accounts department of Nu-Line Telecommunications, living her life through wild weekends and yearning for something more.

When she sees a chance to change her life, she takes it.After all, it’s only a minor crime.Nobody’s going to get hurt. But other people do get hurt, because Natalie’s actions do have consequences – tragic consequences. Poignant and beautifully written, Final Demand is a cautionary tale about the battle between greed and love, about human hopes and our own frailty in the face of temptation.

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Deborah Moggach's Final Demand is a bleak, uncompromising novel about the greed and selfishness of Natalie, the novel's tough, street-wise heroine. Natalie, who works for "NuLine Communications", a soulless telecommunications company based in Leeds, is frustrated by the realisation that "the next big thing in her life should be happening but thought time was speeding up, the days whisking past, a breathlessness to them now, [her] life remained doggedly the same". She is pretty and intelligent, but when her boyfriend dumps her and she runs into financial problems, she sees the opportunity to turn her boring job processing cheques to her advantage. But first of all, her ingenious plan requires a husband with a very specific name...

Final Demand is very different from Moggach's enormously successful Tulip Fever, but it catches the amoral, cynical world of Natalie and all the characters that she proceeds to dupe in a series of ever bleaker situations. Natalie's crimes seem small, but Moggach attempts to unravel the ways in which even the most trivial crime can have devastating consequences. At times, the story loses focus as Moggach follows those affected by Natalie's misdemeanours, while her heroine is so thoroughly selfish that it become difficult to sympathise with her plight. However, Final Demand neatly captures the soulless sign of the times. --Jerry Brotton


'Moggach's delight in spinning her story, and in the minor characters she invents, is infectious'. -- The Mail on Sunday

‘Moggach combines the vigorous simplicity of her plot with an artist’s alert and subtle eye for the small detail...Moggach’s writing is luminous.’ -- Sunday Telegraph

‘Sumptuous and enthralling...a passionate precision, a delight in the sensual that is reminiscent of Michèle Roberts... evoked with compassion, wit and humour’ -- The Times

‘The undercurrents that wash through the book tackle complex themes ... and give it the depth and richness that Ms Moggach’s fans have come to expect’ -- Daily Mail

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1228 KB
  • Print Length: 243 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0099421933
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (31 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00755HTP2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,243 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Amanda Craig HALL OF FAME
Moggach's theme here, as in the superb Tulip Fever, is the conflict between greed and love. Natalie is a pretty, ambitious girl working for Nu-Line telecommunications and fed up with her grotty life and dull boyfriend. She yearns for money, and one day gets the idea for a very simple fraud: all she has to do is find a husband with the right initials, and she can cash the cheques mistakenly made out in payment to the company to her own name. The consequences of her fraud ripple out, disastrously.
Less richly satisfying than Tulip Fever, this may disappoint those who wanted another historical novel. Moggach is much better at depicting artists and lovers than she is at making very ordinary, slightly squalid people interesting, but carries your interest by the quality of her style and plotting.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent study of the consequences of actions 22 April 2008
Easy - but intelligent - reading, will try other novels by this writer. Not a cliched crime novel, not actually a 'crime novel' at all, more of a psychological study/study of the consequences of seemingly random actions.

It clearly illustrates the reality that one person's acts of of petty selfishness or greed can have a huge impact on other people. I disagree with the view that it is 'preachy' but, if it is, perhaps people should listen to its sermon.

I'm not sure this is a hugely memorable book, but it was certainly stimulating and enjoyable at the time, which is a great deal more than can be said for this year's Booker prize winner (in my humble opinion)!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Natalie and the Chaos Theory 3 April 2013
Natalie is a bright, beautiful, thirty-two-year-old who wants more from life; her parents have more-or-less abandoned her; her boyfriend of three years has found someone else; her car has been broken into; the bills are piling up and she is stuck in a boring, dead-end job in the accounts department of Nu-Line Telecommunications. Seriously fed-up, extremely broke and longing for some excitement in her life, Natalie sees a chance to make some money for herself when she notices that a large number of customers pay with cheques incorrectly made out to N.T instead of the company's full name. If only her surname began with the letter T, Natalie thinks, she could bank the cheques in her account and, if she's careful, no one need be any the wiser. She just needs to find someone with the right surname. After several problematic (and somewhat amusing) false starts, Natalie meets Colin Taylor, a kind, naive gas board employee, who comes to Natalie's flat to disconnect her after the non-payment of a final demand. And so starts Natalie's deception; she will fool Colin into marrying her, and once she is Natalie Taylor, her plan can be set in motion. After all, she tells herself, the company can afford the loss and no one will get hurt - but Natalie is wrong; people do get hurt and, due to Natalie's deception, more than one person loses a whole lot more than just their money. (No spoilers - we learn most of this early on in the novel).

Fast-paced, blackly comic in some places and tragically sad in others, this novel, which uses the chaos theory to good effect, makes for engrossing and entertaining reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars petty crime - major, far reaching consequences 4 Aug. 2008
Reading the first sentence I wasn't sure I was going to like this, but it turned out to be a real page turner and a thriller.

Set in Leeds and the north-west, Natalie, working in accounts has a plan to extend her income. It involves marriage to a man with a surname beginning with T. That's the start of the plan. Little does she know the consquences and the effect on people's lives, particularly Chloe and her family.

I was quickly hooked and to be honest thought it very believable and utterly logical (except toward the end when I thought it went slightly in the direction of implausability). Natalie managed to hoodwink many and gained.

I thought this was an interesting psychological study as well - how people who appear strong are actually vulnerable, and how the past affects actions in the future. I think Natalie was a confused and needy individual, and didn't really consider what she was doing.

I have bought another book by Moggach on the back of reading this. I didn't buy Tulip Fever (not a huge fan of historical dramas) but instead chose something less well known. Would definitely recommend Final Demand - good holiday or commute read or indeed a good weekend read (which is how quickly I read it).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb read - and so say all of us!! 20 Feb. 2008
I found this book in a secondhand book shop and took it on holiday - I simply could not put it down until I had finished it! The main character of the novel, Natalie, starts to 'scam' money out of her employers with little thought for the 'ripples' her actions cause to the unwitting 'victims' of her scam, including her husband who she only marries to get a name - this book explores these repercussions superbly. I then passed the book on to several members of my reading group, all of whom sang its praises as well. We all feel sure that it would make an excellent TV mini-series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Written and Funny 27 Sept. 2011
Having obtained the book at random as part of a book swap (I thought the summary sounded interesting) I found it to be a gripping read. The author's style is involving and often funny, and even though the story is set in fairly dull and mundane surroundings, events move along at a cracking pace and you can't wait to see how it turns out. The story is set in a part of the world that I know from travelling on business myself, and the characters in the story are realistic and typical of those you find in offices all over the country.

If I had one beef about the story, it would be about the nature of the fraud which was outdated even when the book was written. In an age of mechanisation, even fairly small companies can afford machines to open their mail, and this was true even in 2002, when the story is set. If Nu-Line Commuications is supposed to be a rival to BT, they are hardly going to employ girls to process cheques in the manner described because machines can slice open envelopes, remove the contents and scan the giro barcodes in a fraction of the time it takes a human, at a fraction of the cost and with little risk of fraud. This is why people who pay by cheque are told never to use paper clips or staples, because they get wedged in the processing machines. And how many people really pay their phone bills by cheque? Even in 2002 I was paying my phone bill by Direct Debit. I have heard of fairly elaborate cheque frauds similar to this, but these were committed in the past by Bank staff with an intimate knowledge of how cheque processing works and with the advent of increased security, have not been possible to even contemplate for at least 10-15 years. It was rather inevitable to my mind that Natalie was going to get found out.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love D. Moggach, doesn't disappoint
Published 2 months ago by Morag
4.0 out of 5 stars It's easy to put oneself in Natalie's shoes
An absorbing read. It's easy to put oneself in Natalie's shoes, and although you know her fraudulent activities are completely immoral, you can feel her frustration in an unfair... Read more
Published 4 months ago by emel
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting idea and an entertaining novel
Working in a humdrum job for a telecommunications company, Natalie's mind turns to thoughts of fraud. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Frances Stott
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An excellent read which keeps the narrative drive and tension going in typically wonderful Deborah M. style.
Published 6 months ago by B. S. Kelly
1.0 out of 5 stars A depressing read
I found it disappointing. It was rather a grubby little story although contained a clever idea which was over milked. The characters were unconvincing. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jane Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant. Would recommend it as a jolly good read
Published 9 months ago by Wendy R.
Published 11 months ago by J. E. Yull
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent quick read
This is the first novel I have read by Deborah Moggach and I quickly became absorbed and engrossed in it, reading it in a day. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sarah
3.0 out of 5 stars A good plot
A good holiday read, engaging whilst not demanding on the little grey cells. A thoughtful look at the results of unintended consequences.
Published 23 months ago by alimaeb
5.0 out of 5 stars Repercussions.
Deceptively clever. Initially, this novel had a light feel but it has such hidden depths. Brilliantly characterised, with both funny and poignant observations, I connected very... Read more
Published 23 months ago by BOOKWORM
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