1973: the year of the oil crisis, the secondary banking collapse, the three day working week and the collapse of the stock market. In a riotous ride through the City of London we meet the characters and events that filled the social and City pages of the press in that roller-coaster year.
Guy Magnus, an ambitious young share dealer, makes a daring takeover bid in the face of opposition from the City Establishment. Will he follow their rules, or his own: never to fall in love with a deal? Will he come to repent his challenge to the powers-that-be? Is Guy’s story fiction or fact? Was a Norfolk Broads canal boat really moored in the marina of Monte Carlo? Did a Henry Moore sculpture really become the most expensive work of art in the world? And did a bet for a lunch at Maxim’s for the first to make a million, Guy or his friend and rival Harry Griffin, bring a merchant bank to the verge of collapse?
THE SHELL COLLECTOR tells a cautionary tale of the City when its buccaneering spirit was at a peak. Whether true or false, it is never less than entertaining.
This story revolves around two friends Harry Griffin, who inherited his fortune from his grandfather. And, Guy Magnus who worked hard to get to where he is.
I’ll be honest I have no clue about stocks and shares or the financial market. But, after reading this book I have learnt a lot about the goings-on on the trading floor. Guy is very insistent that shares aren’t for investing they are for buying and selling. The author has a history in the financial world and this comes across well in his knowledge and explanations throughout the story.
I fell in love with the cover of this book, it’s simple yet aesthetically pleasing. It’s only when you start reading the story that you get the full understanding of the title and cover. The book is split into three parts The Collector, The Takeover and The Settlement. And, before each part begins we get an excerpt from Suetonius’ The Twelve Caesars. Here we learn that the title refers to the emperor Caligula. Who supposedly made two Roman legions collect seashells and attack ocean waves.
I liked the development of the characters Harry and Guy throughout this book, through the good and bad times. A somewhat stable friendship.
If you’re into historical fiction or like the stock market then this book is a must for you.
Information about the Book
Title: The Shell Collector
Author: Robert Lyons
Release Date: 26th September 2019
Genre: Literary Fiction
Page Count: 340
Publisher: Clink Street Publishing