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Cityboy: Beer and Loathing in the Square Mile | [Geraint Anderson]

Cityboy: Beer and Loathing in the Square Mile

'Who is Cityboy? He's every brash, suited, FT-carrying idiot who ever pushed past you on the tube. He's the egotistical buffoon who loudly brags about how much cash he's made on the market at otherwise pleasant dinner parties. He's the greedy, ruthless wanker whose actions are helping turn this world into the shit-hole it's rapidly becoming. For one period in my life, he was me.'
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Publisher's Summary

A no-holds-barred, warts-and-all account of life in London's financial heartland.

'Who is Cityboy? He's every brash, suited, FT-carrying idiot who ever pushed past you on the tube. He's the egotistical buffoon who loudly brags about how much cash he's made on the market at otherwise pleasant dinner parties. He's the greedy, ruthless wanker whose actions are helping turn this world into the shit-hole it's rapidly becoming. For one period in my life, he was me.'

In this no-holds-barred, warts-and-all account of life in London's financial heartland, Cityboy breaks the Square Mile's code of silence in his own inimitable style, revealing explosive secrets, tricks of the trade and the corrupt, murky underbelly at the heart of life in the city.

Drawing on his experience as a young analyst in a major investment bank, the six-figure bonuses, monstrous egos, and the everyday culture of verbal and substance abuse that fuels the world's money markets is brutally exposed as Cityboy describes his ascent up the hierarchy of this intensely competitive and morally dubious industry, and how it almost cost him his sanity.

©2008 Geraint Anderson; (P)2009 Hachette Digital

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    Jana Danielova, Jiri Daniel 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Insightful and entertaining"
    Would you listen to Cityboy again? Why?

    Yes, it was very entertaining, well written & great story telling


    What other book might you compare Cityboy to and why?

    The Help - quality of narration and use of the language


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Mine was the introduction of the Cityboy into all the perverted pleasures by his dilusional boss. It was very insightful and entertaining.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Fast and Furiously Perverted City culture 101


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    maxwell katoomba, Australia 11-06-12
    maxwell katoomba, Australia 11-06-12 Member Since 2010

    Middle aged; long University course (science based), and long service as a professional. Cynical and very interested in the real world.

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    "a remarkable story"

    I was tranfixed by this remarkable and blisteringly honest story about the banking industry. Grossly overpaid and incompetant sleezebags and scumbags at the controls of the banking industry with OTHER PEOPLE"S MONEY.

    I noticed he jumped ship just before the banking bubble burst and I wish him well in his next career- because he has surely burned his bridges by his frankness....

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  • Jonathan
    Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom
    1/13/09
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    "Funny & Brusque!!"

    I'm not a big fan of pretentious books and it can normally take me hours of searching to find a story I can risk buying. It's unfortunate but my particular taste demands realism, intelligence and practical simplicity. I absolutely LOVE this audio book and can recommend it highly. This guy is a keen observer and a wonderful communicator because many of the things I found hilarious are inseparable from life in the square mile.

    This work is clever, humble, insightful and quippy. I love the main character and the straightforward manner the author has used to give it to you straight. The narrator is fantastic and adds to the story by genuinely enjoying the whole tale. Buy this audio book and cancel anything scheduled for 3 plus hours because you WILL NOT pause it.

    Also; I laughed so loudly that my neighbours want to buy it too.

    Criticism? Well I?d say that the book could have done with more detail.... what it was like to have a new Porsche? Where did he live? Who did he deal with outside work and the city? How did his family deal with his success and the changes in him? How did he himself ?feel? on the roller coaster ride upward? More about his rivalry with Hugo and his golfing skills after the drubbing? Detail about the changes from snot nosed kid to successful Stock broking Powerhouse, The evolving relationship with his brother..... What did his family ACTUALLY say about the changes in him?

    In all I loved it and listened to the whole thing in one sitting whilst rewinding periodically to catch the bits I laughed through. I?ll revisit it time and again; and look forward to more from this author.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jack
    BickleyUnited Kingdom
    10/12/10
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    "Simply the best Audiobook i have ever listened to"

    outstanding!!
    exceptionally interesting giving a highly insightful firsthand view into the grim world of the square mile.
    Andersons voice is simply the cherry on the cake, hilarious, witty and informative.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ramez
    NUNEATON, United Kingdom
    11/25/12
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    "Great audio to listen"

    Amazon story, I would recommended to everyone who want to listen and laugh at the city boys.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    basingstoke, United Kingdom
    8/4/11
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    "Entertaining but hypocrytical"

    excellent, entertaining actually found myself more motivated in my current insurance based sales role than before reading, thus contrary to the author spreading apparent good in the world.

    Taken with a pinch of salt very entertaining read for those who work in the City.
    Recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • chris
    London, United Kingdom
    4/14/11
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    "Beer and Loathing in the Square Mile"

    Clearly not a book to take too seriously, this is an amusing, irreverent expose of a certain kind of city worker who has been promoted to his level of incompetence, is ridiculously overpaid and lives a shallow, meaningless life. The humour is in the stereotyping, both of the laddish male protaganist and of his views of the world around him. Personally, I found it funny and many of the vignettes of city life and financial excesses did ring true.

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  • Robert
    northampton, northants, United Kingdom
    1/24/11
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    "Quality!"

    For some reason I was not expecting much from this audio book, but almost immediately I was drawn into this real life story of a city boy!

    The story is punchy and a little edgy and a joy to listen to, the voice of the reader suits the text perfectly.

    It was genuinely the best book I have listened to for a long time and was disappointed when it finished!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carol
    CHELTENHAM, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, United Kingdom
    7/7/09
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    "Not for a quick relaxing listen!"

    Quite a different world for this Cityboy. Not everybodys cup of tea and chill out but certainly a peep into another busy world, albeit so very different.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine
    angus, United Kingdom
    2/28/09
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    "Therapeutic?"

    This book has the feel of a therapeutic rant by someone who feels that he has been hard done to by the city. Given that though, it is an interesting, if polarised view of the highs and lows of the city. it could have lost the foul language though and still have been worth reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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