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No Tears: Tales From The Square Mile [Paperback]

David Charters
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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2 April 2010
Behind the City of London's facade of sharp suits, fast cars and lavish expense accounts lies a world of cruel deception, savage double-dealing and rampaging egos. For ten years David Charters lived the life. Now he lifts the lid on what really goes on in the Square Mile.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Elliott & Thompson Limited; 2nd edition (2 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904027865
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904027867
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 656,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

David Charters entered the City in 1988, after five years in the Foreign Office, joining SG Warburg Securities where he spent seven years, dealing with such notable flotations and share issues as Disneyland Paris, British Telecom and Eurotunnel. He left Deutsche Bank in 2000 after five years as Managing Director in the bank's Equity Capital Markets team where he oversaw, among many others, the flotation of and France Telecom. David Charters lives in London.

Customer Reviews

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended 28 Nov 2002
By A Customer
It's no wonder that booksellers in the Square Mile are struggling to keep the first book by David Charters in stock. He exposes the distortion fields through which City people see themselves and the world in a series of brilliantly observed stories, whose unexpected twists of plot surprise and delight. Highly recommended.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty of Tears 22 Jun 2003
By A Customer
Love or loathe the unwritten codes of behaviour that drive people in the City to become increasingly isolated from reality David Charters' No Tears is a totally compelling collection of short stories. All are well crafted and each has a twist in the tale which whets the appetite to continue on to the next and the next.... so that I finished the collection in one sitting.The author has an acute understanding of the politics,egos,backstabbing and greed that are part and parcel of everyday existence in large investment banks, as US regulators are now realising. But beyond the tales of excess and selfish behaviour he raises deeper questions - just what sorts of people are these? Do they have any values beyond a desire for even more money in their bank accounts? If these are representative of how life now is in the Square Mile then one can see why he has turned to other interests. However, how fortunate we are that he has the skill to transcribe his acute powers of observation into such a compelling read. Roll on the next volume; will it be the City again or another angle on the darker sides of human nature?
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No Tears 7 Mar 2003
By A Customer
Unusually for a collection of short stories, No Tears left this reader wanting more. The stories are set mainly in the City of London and feature those whose daily toil involves moving, spending and earning vast wads of money. The rewards for these people are enormous - but they function under scarcely imaginable stress, and not surprisingly it takes its toll in terms of their humanity and , sometimes, their sexuality too. You don't have to be a lefty to wonder how it is that the games they play are so disassociated from what happens in what the economists are pleased to call the real world - not that such a concept would concern them much. They operate in a climate of fear, greed and a debauch of permanent self-regard. The author clearly knows his stuff and he includes some sharply observed insider details. The effect is surprisingly sardonic and informed with a certain puritan zeal that gives these tales extra bite. It's as if Roald Dahl were fused with the FT. Horribly compelling...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of Tears 4 Oct 2008
I've just finished this excellent collection of short stories as the world's financial markets are collasping and causing misery for millions. Much criticism has been levelled at the city and the alleged greed of those who make their living out of gambling with other people's money. Am I sorry for them? I don't think so thanks to Mr Charter's portrayal of the utter depravity and lack of any moral fibre of those who ruthlessly pursue the big bonus. Maybe I read this book at the wrong time and therefore won't be shedding a tear for those wealthy bankers and traders who might just be feeling a little uneasy today. Enough of the rant. I actually enjoyed the book and looked forward to the twist in each tale. I will read more from this author.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A classic 13 Jun 2003
By A Customer
I am not normally a reader of short stories or a fan of City fiction, but these stories are a classic: fast-paced, surprising and satisfying with plenty of humour all-round. The author has the ability to make you feel you know the characters in just a few lines and clearly has a strong sense of justice as he makes sure they get their just desserts. He writes in a variety of different styles, and my only criticism is that one or two stories had too much detail on high finance. A great read, but it will put you off a City career. The author's dedication at the beginning says it all: "To the best of them, for the friendship and the good times. And to the worst of them, for the inspiration."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book 25 Oct 2008
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I really enjoyed reading and re-reading this book:
- it reads well
- the plots of the stories and characters are very believable and highly entertaining
- it's nice expose of human weaknesses, specifically: egomania, greed and excessive risk taking, which contributed so much to the ongoing economic trouble.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shocking 4 Nov 2007
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I don't know why I was so shocked at the end of each story, but without exception each tale had a fantastic ending where you'd think "jeezz". Very well written in an entertaining and engaging way. I'd certinely read more from this author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great City classic 25 July 2007
No Tears is almost required reading in the City now and should be given to everyone starting work at a big bank on their first day! It's delightfully dark and humorous at the same time, and the stories are all very different, though the underlying themes of greed and selfishness are the same. I'm guessing that a few people think they've recognised themselves and are not too happy, which makes it all the more amusing, and might account for some of the reviews - very entertaining.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars average
more of the same from David Charters, nothing special but it filled a couple mornings on the train
Published 1 month ago by Matt
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun anthology, but nothing memorable
A cute collection of short stories, but they get tiring pretty fast. Can't say it's a particularly memorable read. It would make an ok coffee table book.
Published 13 months ago by Isabelle
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must-have for People Working in the City
I am not a banker. I was someone who worked with the bankers everyday. I was a corporate lawyer. I bought this book when I was in the most desperate period of my life: working long... Read more
Published on 24 Jun 2011 by Bridgette
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and cliched
These short stories are mostly predictable and full of cliches. The characters are unoriginal and again utterly predictable: the playboy manager, the young juniors who ape the boss... Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2008 by Sara
1.0 out of 5 stars amateur hour
None of the stories ring true, the characters are clumsy caricatures of the tabloid journalist's "city fat cat" or "wide boy trader" and the punchlines can be seen a mile off. Read more
Published on 3 Dec 2007 by T. Doris
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling, Realistic, Entertaining and Instructive - A MUST For...
I agree with one of the reviewers that this book should be handed out to those who start in the City as a guide to the rules of the game. Read more
Published on 23 Oct 2007 by truthbetold
1.0 out of 5 stars Execrable
You will be crying real tears if you waste your money on this witless, cliche ridden, empty, characterless book.
Published on 4 July 2007 by Cacciato
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