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Meltdown [Kindle Edition]

Ben Elton
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"An entertaining, well-written, often very funny read" (Daily Mirror [book of the week])

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A biting satire of the credit crunch from this hugely popular and bestselling author

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 538 KB
  • Print Length: 424 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital; Export ed and Exclusive to Waterside Books and B2V edition (24 Nov 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0552775118
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552775113
  • ASIN: B0031RSAGU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,417 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ben Elton is one of Britain's most provocative and entertaining writers. From celebrity to climate change, from the First World War to the end of the world, his books give his unique perspective on some of the most controversial topics of our time.

He has written twelve major bestsellers, including Stark, Popcorn, Inconceivable (filmed as Maybe Baby, which he also directed), Dead Famous, High Society (WH Smith People's Choice Award 2003) and The First Casualty.

He has also written some of television's most popular and incisive comedy, including The Young Ones, Blackadder and The Man From Auntie. His stage work includes three West End plays and the hit musicals The Beautiful Game and We Will Rock You.

He is married with three children.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Jonathan Coe for Dummies 19 May 2012
An attempt at the sort of 'politics intertwining with personal lives' novels that Jonathan Coe excels at, only rubbish.

Anyway, to summarize: 6 students share a house together, in the early 90s. Despite having absolutely nothing whatsoever in common, they are still best friends 20 years later, by which time by an amazing coincidence they've all become extremely successful in areas that make them especially vulnerable to the late noughties financial crisis. (This latter also being a bit hard to believe, as judging by the conversations they have with each other, none of 'em seem to have that much going on upstairs)

So, after Ben's introduced a few subsidiary characters who conveniently explain the financial crisis in terms a five year old could grasp, we have 500 pages of dull, one dimensional caricatures of what are already caricatured media 'types'(A yuppie trader, a tory banker, a Blairite MP, a postmodernist architect and a Nigela-Lawson stylee foodie guru) sitting around their Notting Hill gaffs having banal and tedious conversations which serve to only exposite Ben's banal and tedious insights into noughties culture: The problem here is that, one guesses, that Elton intention to satirise these sort of lifestyles,but seems to think that merely describing them qualifies as that. So the Nigella Lawson character 'has a range of sandwiches in Marks nd Spencer' From which I suppose we're supposed to deduce...what, exactly?

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not Good 10 May 2012
By IanW
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have read most of his books and, unfortunately, I think they are getting worse, badly written, predictable characters; this one was just phoned in and is just a vehicle to express his own political ideologies which seem slightly(!) watered down from the Ben in the Thatcher years. It's a shame because I loved Stark, Popcorn and Gridlock but I will think twice about trying another one. Sorry.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing special. 11 Aug 2011
I will hold my hands up and say that this is the first Ben Elton Novel that I have read, so I have no basis for comparison, but i thought it was poor. This novel struck me as nothing more than Eltons mind poured out on paper with a loose story stuck on it. The endless meetings and dialogues between the characters left my mind wandering as to which character was which as they are not well characterised and have interchangeable personas. The ending, as so many reviewers have stated, felt like a quick and hastily written wrap up to cap off a weak offering. In all honesty it struck me as a book that the average amateur writer could have bashed out in a few months.

In my opinion I dont think Elton can shake off ( nor do I think he wants to ) the "Trendy Lefty Thatcher basher" That I remember him being throughout the 80's. Perhaps his other novels are something to behold, I cant really say that I'm interested enough to find out though.
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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Ben Elton uses the credit crunch as a backdrop for a book about "greed." The dialogue is sharp and funny, and the book follows a group of ultra-successful University friends through the late 90s up to present day. Anyone hoping for a thriller that represents an in-depth examination into the mechanics behind the financial meltdown would be better reading The Credit Crunch Conspiracy. This book is an interesting, amusing character piece, and is exactly what you would expect from Ben Elton covering a subject of this type.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful & Topical Commentary 8 Mar 2010
Meltdown is another highly topical commentary from Ben Elton on modern society with the focus this time on the effects of the global financial crisis on the UK, encompassing individual and institutional greed that had become so passé up to the inevitable downturn. The world of finance had long since forgotten its own health warning of what goes up must come down and was instead able to breed a world of individual greed that saw no contentment in just making a million; it was how you used that million to make multi-millions that marked your place in the world. The central character Jimmy Corby is an Investment Banker who epitomised this greed as he hedged the value of his own home against buying more property to cash-in. The story here is told through Jimmy's situation and how it touches the lives of his old group of friends from university (`The Radishes') - here we have the most arrogant banker ever (Rupert) who runs one of Britain's top banks and payrolls all his honours through the government. The government is represented by Henry, a talented up-and-coming MP who truly hates Rupert but also ends up getting caught as the expenses scandal breaks. Robbo is married to a successful entrepreneur (Lizzie) and appears to have a laidback attitude about life as long as he can get a good pint of real ale, but even he was looking to cash in. Sanity in a mad world is mainly provided by Jimmy's wife Monica and his dad, Derek. Monica is an old hippy at heart and brings Jimmy back to reality during the bad times and is the rock that sees him through - Jimmy becomes quite likeable by the end and you realise the Monica is really the book's hero(ine). Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Post recession I felt I had a lot in common with it
Published 2 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read.
Typical Ben Elton. He's a genius.
Published 2 months ago by Dennis Simpson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good holiday read. Very funny in parts. Typical Ben Elton.
Published 3 months ago by gorey18
3.0 out of 5 stars An engaging story - but it is just a story.
This is the first book I've heard by Ben Elton and I found myself surprisingly engaged over the weekend it took for me to get to the end of it. Read more
Published 7 months ago by matt486
3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best and not his worst
. It won't annoy you or put you off Elton if you are initiated. Probably not the best one for a first time reader - try gridlocked instead.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs Nicky Higgins
4.0 out of 5 stars Follows the tried and tested Ben Elton formula
My overwhelming reading preference is towards comedy books and although I think of Ben Elton in that genre, this isn't an all-out hilarious book by any means. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Charles Fudgemuffin
I quite enjoyed this offering from Ben Elton, it summarised the greed and thoughtlessness of the 90's and noughties. The characters were shallow which is how they should be. Read more
Published 11 months ago by bibliophile
5.0 out of 5 stars As always a winner from Ben Elton
This book, as all novels by Ben Elton puts up a mirror to the world we live in and his social commentary is spot on. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ms. N. F. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Stockbroker Belter!
A very topical subject, obviously well researched and show the dangers of modern day, living beyond ones means. I couldn't put it down once into the story.
Published 12 months ago by Jane Hare
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant satire
This book is just a brilliant satirical look at the collective self-deception of the financial community in the run-up to the financial crash. It is wickedly funny and so, so true. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ray Green
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