5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This review is from: "Cityboy": Beer and Loathing in the Square Mile (Paperback)Not many of the books that have the word "unputdownable" on the cover are telling the truth, but this one was. Well almost, I had to put it down to eat my tea and to sleep, but I did read it a lot faster than most books. Very well told story, though how much has been embellished is difficult to tell. Gritty is an understatement, some of the content was rather offensive, but not leave it out would have meant not telling the whole story.
My only criticisms would be that the story was wrapped up too quickly once the main focus of the book was reached (the competition with another analyst) so the whole pace of the book changed. And there were a handful of sections where the author "went off on one" about financial regulation or whatever, and I found myself skipping through those bits without reading them properly. I'm not a banker and I have no desire to be, so I don't care about the minute details that are only going to mean something to fellow city folk.
Four stars because it isn't one of the best books I have ever read, but I did really enjoy it, and the author does know how to write a good story. If you have even the slightest interest in what goes on in the city of London, this book is worth reading.