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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited; First Edition edition (29 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190764251X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907642517
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I am currently Chief Investment Officer with a family office in Mayfair and have previously held various senior level investment positions, including a spell as Investment Controller with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority and running for several years the international operations of a leading US fund manager. For the past several years I have been designing and teaching a number of post-graduate modules at Cass Business School in the City of London.

I appear regularly on radio and television in the UK and am also in demand as a keynote and after dinner speaker.

In writing finance and investment books I seek both to entertain and inform. I do not write a book unless I have something genuinely new to say and each of my mainstream investment books is on a subject in respect of which I am acknowledged as one of the leading experts in the world.

"No Fear Finance" is different. I have long been convinced that there is a valid "alternative" way of teaching finance to people with no quantitative background, a way which is so far as possible conceptual rather than mathematical. Not understanding finance is no longer an option in today's world and this is the only book which shows the ordinary reader how to understand everything they need to know.

"Cricket at the Crossroads" marries cricket with social history. Social change in terms of things like class and race serve as a backdrop to telling the story of English Test cricket between 1967 and 1977. Based partly on interviews with former players and partly on research in the archives at Lord's, the book is endorsed by Tony Greig. Three major controversies are analysed and explored: the Close Affair, the D'Oliveira Affair and World Series Cricket.

"The Mess We're In: why politicians can't solve financial crises" seeks to explain how and when our present financial problems arose. The answers may surprise you, as may some of the suggested solutions.

I also write fiction. My three "Mapp and Lucia" books have been optioned by BBC television, and I am currently writing a detective series under a pseudonym.

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Lucia is back! This is a wonderful new adventure for our magnificent heroine, written with all the style and humour of Benson himself. A triumph. Uno, due, tre ... read it! -Alexander McCall Smith

[Praise for 'Major Benjy' by Guy Fraser-Sampson] More Mapp and Lucia - what bliss! Major Benjy on the rampage - what joy! -Gyles Brandreth

[Praise for 'Major Benjy' by Guy Fraser-Sampson] As you read Guy Fraser-Sampson's sinuous narrative and needle-sharp dialogue, Tilling suddenly takes shape all around you ... Benson himself would have loved this book, and so will you. -Tom Holt

An agreeable romp, with at least one treat for the Benson aficionado --The Spectator

Brilliant, quite quite brilliantly wonderful...This is a simply delicious book and I loved every single word...I hope this sells in millions and trillions as it deserves to do so. -Random Jottings

Imbued with all the satire and wit of the originals, spiced up with titbits of real events, this well-written novel will amuse Benson fans and neophytes alike. -Sussex Life

What a delightful, funny, captivating read this book is from start to finish...A really good old fashioned and light-hearted story with endearing characters which will leave you with a smile on your face. -Kath Thornton, lovereading.co.uk

This book was a delight to read, capturing the mood and essence of the Benson originals...I think anyone who enjoyed the original books, or who likes P G Wodehouse, will have fun with this book. -Lindsey Whittle, lovereading.co.uk --Sussex Life



[Praise for 'Major Benjy' by Guy Fraser-Sampson] More Mapp and Lucia - what bliss! Major Benjy on the rampage - what joy! --Gyles Brandreth

[Praise for 'Major Benjy' by Guy Fraser-Sampson] As you read Guy Fraser-Sampson's sinuous narrative and needle-sharp dialogue, Tilling suddenly takes shape all around you ... Benson himself would have loved this book, and so will you. ----Tom Holt

An agreeable romp, with at least one treat for the Benson aficionado --The Spectator

Brilliant, quite quite brilliantly wonderful...This is a simply delicious book and I loved every single word...I hope this sells in millions and trillions as it deserves to do so. --Random Jottings

I love and adore Major Benjy and (now) Lucia on Holiday by Guy F-S.The reason they are so delicious is that Guy 'gets' the voice of Benson so perfectly. I can honestly say that, while reading Lucia on Holiday, I kept forgetting that it wasn't Benson's pen which had written it - and what higher compliment could possibly be paid? --Stuck In A Book

Imbued with all the satire and wit of the originals, spiced up with titbits of real events, this well-written novel will amuse Benson fans and neophytes alike. -- --Sussex Life



[Praise for 'Major Benjy' by Guy Fraser-Sampson] More Mapp and Lucia - what bliss! Major Benjy on the rampage - what joy! --Gyles Brandreth

[Praise for 'Major Benjy' by Guy Fraser-Sampson] As you read Guy Fraser-Sampson's sinuous narrative and needle-sharp dialogue, Tilling suddenly takes shape all around you ... Benson himself would have loved this book, and so will you. ----Tom Holt

An agreeable romp, with at least one treat for the Benson aficionado --The Spectator

Brilliant, quite quite brilliantly wonderful...This is a simply delicious book and I loved every single word...I hope this sells in millions and trillions as it deserves to do so. --Random Jottings

Imbued with all the satire and wit of the originals, spiced up with titbits of real events, this well-written novel will amuse Benson fans and neophytes alike. ----Sussex Life

About the Author

Guy Fraser-Sampson is a well-known best-selling non-fiction author, and a longstanding Mapp and Lucia fan. His first Tilling novel, 'Major Benjy', was published to much acclaim from Benson devotees, including Gyles Brandreth ('More Mapp and Lucia - what bliss! Major Benjy on the rampage - what joy!') and Tom Holt ('As you read Guy Fraser-Sampson's sinuous narrative and needle-sharp dialogue, Tilling suddenly takes shape all around you - Benson himself would have loved this book, and so will you').

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 1 Sep 2012
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Tom Holt, as mentioned elsewhere in these reviews, came as close as anyone to a very passable E F Benson style with the same engaging and lifelike characters. Mr Fraser-Sampson does not quite pull it off. There are two main reasons for this: a failure to observe the niceties of the period with sometimes out-of-character remarks, notably Georgie; and characters which by constant allusion to former adventures seek constantly to prove to the reader that they are real deal and not made up. Add to this characters that have little or nothing to do - the Wyses - the Duchess of Sheffield whose presence serves no useful purpose and characters who should develop but do not: the poor youth Ramesh whose sole purpose seems to be to justify the Mapp-Flints being in Italy but who rarely interact with what must be a very bored young person.

Then there are the anomalies. Sometimes there are Americanisms: 'wrap,' 'pull a whisky,' and the wrong use of out-of-time (and class) slang. Major Benjy uses the term 'sprog' for child, but this dates to the 40s not the 30s. He would not have used such a word. The Countess, who before had never met Lucia for fear of their mutual skills (or lack of them) in Italian, now call each other by Christian names and speak English with no Italian exchange even though they are in Italy. Likewise Mapp makes no illusion to Lucia's poor Italian and it is of no consequence to Lucia. This makes no sense.

The characters we know so well oscillate between stereotyped and simply wrong. Georgie is headstrong but somehow he is not what he should be, neither bold nor subservient. There is too much description of his interaction with Lucia, It is not necessary. Mr Wyse embodies polish but he does nothing, likewise Susan.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Katy May on 12 Oct 2012
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I love the Lucia books and have found their subtle wit, clever characterisation and and imaginative plotting to be a delight. I read the Tom Holt books and also enjoyed them so I was keen to see what a different author would do with the characters. But, I was really disappointed. The writing lacks any of the subtlety that Benson employed, instead Lucia is a shrew, Mapp a vulgar fishwife, Major Benjy an alcoholic philanderer and I wasn't quite sure what to make of Georgie. The author uses a heavy hand in recreating the characters and the plot (and doesn't seem t like using full stops, some of the sentences where incredibly long!) and this made the book a real disappointment. A bit like going to visit old friends only to find they have undergone personality transplants.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Stuey on 7 April 2012
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The delight of E. F. Benson's `Mapp & Lucia' series of stories is in their depiction of the rivalry that exists between the two main characters which is played out with genteel ruthlessness to the admiration and glee of the supporting characters, who are fellow residents of the respectable and polite little town of Tilling in Sussex. The stories are, each of them, a hilarious social commentary on the eccentricities of behaviour and manners that we are led to believe existed amongst those who enjoyed life at the mid to upper middle-class level during the 1920's and early 1930's. The petty snobberies, jealousies, social gaffes and, in some cases, plainly comic mannerisms of the characters come across splendidly to the reader, eased on their way by Benson's cleverly crafted underwritten style. This then, is the benchmark by which we have to judge the success or otherwise of any addition to the series by other authors years after Benson's death.

Tom Holt wrote two `Mapp & Lucia' stories - `Lucia Triumphant' and `Lucia in Wartime', and I think he came close to recapturing the atmosphere of Benson's originals. Benson may have baulked at introducing real-life, world-renowned characters into the lives of the familiar residents of Tilling, as Holt does at the end of `Lucia in Wartime', (I won't give the game away for those still to read the book), but for the most part Holt's two books succeed because, as author, he recognises one thing; the disasters, disappointments, embarrassments and significant events that the Tilling residents experience in life almost always revolve around or stem from something perfectly simple.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Andrew London on 5 Feb 2014
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the original books are absolutely perfect and Tom Holts two novels were a delicious additon to the series, Guy Fraser-Sampsons however fail to capture the innocence and essence of the characters, Major Benjy was okay but i have never picked it up again unlike the other books which i reread every year, and now with Lucia On Holiday he has created a hideous mess by bringing physical sex into the story, i felt angry and embarrassed as though dear old friends were being abused in front of my eyes, every copy of this book should be destroyed and we can pretend it never happened, the though of a new one in the series fills me with horror, especially as the war period was covered so well by Tom Holt.
I do wonder who wrote the five star reviews for this book, eager employees of the publisher and friends of the author??... for no true fan could possibly enjoy this.
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