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How to Speak Money

John Lanchester

How to Speak Money is a funny, clear and brilliantly entertaining guide to the world of finance by John Lanchester, bestselling author of Capital and Whoops!

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Money is our global language. Yet so few of us can speak it. The language of the economic elite can be complex, jargon-filled and completely baffling. Above all, the language of money is the language of power – power in the hands of the same economic elite.
Now John Lanchester, bestselling author of Capital and Whoops! sets out to decode the world of finance for all of us, explaining everything from high-frequency trading and the World Bank to the difference between bullshit and nonsense.

As funny as it is devastating, How To Speak Money is a primer and a polemic. It’s a reference book you’ll find yourself reading in one sitting. And it gives you everything you need to demystify the world of high finance – the world that dominates how we all live now.

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Witty, provocative and engaging.

Evening Standard
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Hugely enjoyable . . . It's true: anything's understandable is you have a fun teacher.

Melanie Reid, The Times
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One of the great explainers of the financial crisis and its aftermath.

Michael Lewis, author of Flash Boys
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In witty and approachable entries that namecheck the Wu-Tang Clan and Game of Thrones, he ranges from pub quiz trivia on the Czech origins of the dollar to crystal-clear explanations of derivatives and credit default swaps.


John Lanchester has written five novels, The Debt to Pleasure, Mr Phillips, Fragrant Harbour, Capital and The Wall, and three works of non-fiction: Family Romance, a memoir; Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay, about the global financial crisis; and How to Speak Money, a primer in popular economics. His books have won the Hawthornden Prize, the…

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