The Bankruptcy Diaries

The Bankruptcy Diaries

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It\'s the year 2000 and Paul Livingson is in his first office job in Bristol. With student debts hanging over him, Paul still wants to live the high life: holidays in Europe, booze-fuelled nights of excess, designer fashions. But how to do it all? Easy! More credit! Spending gets even easier when Paul meets Kelly, an inspiring, free-spirited singer in a band with whom he falls in love. Written in the form of a diary, this book is about losing control and learning to regain it. It is about putting individuality above consumerism and asking who is responsible for the financial meltdown that more and more people face everyday. Is it all down to personal responsibility? Or does the system encourage massive debt that makes slaves of us all just for a handful of profits? An entertaining, honest and thought-provoking book that makes Lao Tse\'s great point: doing nothing, everything is done.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 300 pages
  • 130 x 197 x 21mm | 300g
  • Stockport, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0956511937
  • 9780956511935
  • 568,380

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'The Bankruptcy Diaries' is a well written, original book that is easy to read, and difficult to put down. Broderick's use of a diary format is a masterstroke - giving the reader a real sense that they are on this (more often than not, rollercoaster) journey with main character, Paul Livingson, as he spirals deeper into a world of debt. Fascinatingly informative, the book is as much a historical document of a bygone world of lending, as a brutally honest, personal account of easy credit and excessive spending. The author's bone dry sense of humour and candid approach will have you in hysterics. Thought-provoking throughout, I'd definitely recommend this book - whether you've travelled a similar path, or don't even own a credit card (like me).show more
by Daniel Burn
A tour de force. An insightful, honest and often humorous account of the live today pay tomorrow culture of 21st century Britain. Broderick documents Paul Livingson's journey from aspiring graduate to rejector of the rat race, via a rollercoaster ride of peer pressure, high living, obscenely available credit and ultimately a choice between a lifetime of interest repayments or a fresh start, free from the all-consuming mill stone of debt. The book explores a number of moral issues, not least the questionable lending practices of major uk financial more
by Rob buckley
'The Bankruptcy Diaries' is a personal take on the irresponsible and predatory practices of UK financial institutions precipitating the great credit crunch. At once gritty, humurous and refreshingly frank, this novel tells the tale of PJ Livingson, a young indebted urban planner who grows to despise the depressing mundanity of the nine-to-five. As Livingson, pressured by friends to maintain a lifestyle beyond his means, sinks further and further into financial quagmire the book becomes impossible to put more
by Aaron Russo
A fast paced, soul bearing tale, with a powerful insight into the shambolic reality of today's credit card society. Paul Livingson emerges as a recalcitrant hero, confronting the banking system by simply refusing to be intimidated. Conformity was so 1980' more
by Tyler Sharratt
A fantastic account of the credit excesses of the first decade of the 21st century as they applied to a sinister and sarcastic student from Bristol. Part Bukowski's frustration of the 9-5 banal, part the dude's (the big lebowski) charming and reassuringly confident stoner swagger. The character descriptions of the office drones Paul Livingson encounters are utterly hilarious. A very timely book which documents a period of very loose and irresponsible credit loaning from the banks. A period we are already looking back on in head shaking more
by John Rowell
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