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A Material Harvest is published by:
Speart House Publishing
Copyright © 2016 Paul Budd
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From The Author
“In September 2008 I stood in the concourse of Euston Station waiting for a delayed train home. My mobile phone never stopped ringing: friends and colleagues keen to share the latest news about the financial crash. It was impossible to believe that the goliaths of the banking world were being brought to their knees by events that seemed to be spiralling out of control. The crash was no respecter of reputation or history: Lehmans, Royal Bank of Scotland, Bank of Scotland, Lloyds Bank, all at risk. The scale of money involved was unthinkable. Trillions of pounds of assets, enough to bring financial misery to the world. As the crash unfolded, it seemed to me that the aftermath held an important story; not just in the unimaginable scale of events, but the reasons why bright, educated bankers make the mistakes and misjudgements they do. A Material Harvest is that story.”
Paul Cranwell is the nom de plume of Paul Budd, who was born in Bristol in 1958. He was educated at Warwick School and at The University of Exeter where he read Economics.
After university he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked in accountancy for five years before going into banking. In a career that spanned twenty years, he worked in a range of roles including merchant, corporate banking and City regulation. Subsequently he became director of commercial banking for a private bank.
In 2013 he undertook a masters’ degree in creative writing at Oxford Brookes University where he started writing his first novel, A Material Harvest.
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