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The best financial fiction

Philip Ryland

You want to understand globalisation? Read Joseph Conrad's novel Nostromo, published in 1904, 100 years before that abused and detested word entered everyday speech. How about making sense of the crookery practised by the likes of Robert Maxwell, Bernard Madoff or Kenneth Lay (he of Enron infamy)? Read The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope's Victorian financial novel of high living and low life. What about understanding the rocket science and the baser instincts of those awfully clever people who run hedge funds? Try The Fear Index by Robert Harris, better known as the author of thrillers filmed as Enigma and The Ghost Writer.

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