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The Bank: Inside the Bank of England
The Bank: Inside the Bank of England
by Dan Conaghan
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £18.99

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well timed and stylish critical account, 7 Nov. 2012
This book is a very well written account of the fortunes of the Bank since the historic granting of independence in 1997 and posits King as the last of a certain type of old-fashioned Governor. It is an aposite time for it with the Bank getting both new powers and, shortly, a new Governor. As a financier with expertise in the bond market, Conaghan also has the distance that many of the mainstream economics commentators, who arguably didn't speak up against the Bank enough following 2008, do not. Conaghan is quite right to criticise Mervyn's King's distance from the City and over-focus on inflation targeting as the expense of stronger warnings about financial stability. He also brings up the important question of QE and its long-term effects, which will be felt long after Mervyn's departure. Importantly, the prose is also stylish, something which i have often found lacking in other accounts of the financial crisis.


The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
The Etymologicon: A Circular Stroll through the Hidden Connections of the English Language
by Mark Forsyth
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.39

196 of 199 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful, 3 Nov. 2011
Mark Forsyth's meanderings through the English language are carried off with a panache that frankly leaves other etymological 'dictionaries' looking dry, dusty and rightly shelf-bound. Indeed, the fact that the book starts with the phrase "a turn up for the books" indicates exactly that; this is not a reference book, but a new, unique and often hilarious way of drawing out the richness of English in the form of a comic journey through the verbal linkages, rhyming paths and allegorical alleyways which crowd the author's inventive mind. Equally, though you can dip in and out so it's ideal commuting reading. I was most amused to learn about the link between underwear and Christianity on my way home today. I shall be on Amazon stocking up on more copies to stock stockings before Christmas... Any link there?
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