The Trevelyan family is in grave trouble. Their private bank of Tubal & Co. is on the verge of collapsing. It's not the first time in its three-hundred-and-forty year history, but it may be the last.
A sale is under way, and a number of important facts need to be kept hidden, not only from the public, but also from Julian Trevelyan-Tubal's deeply traditional father, Sir Harry, who is incapacitated in the family villa in Antibes.
Great families, great fortunes and even greater secrets collide in this gripping, satirical and acutely observed story of our time.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Publication Date: 01/03/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781408821695
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- EPUB from £6.39
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Review by Eyejaybee
A beautifully written and utterly enthalling novel. Written from various characters' perspectives it tells of the struggles of Tubal and Co, a long-established private bank (perhaps loosely based upon Baring Brothers) to survive from a misguided venture into the world of hedge funds. As the novel opens the bank's chairman, Sir Harry Tubal-Trevelyan is living in the family's villa in Antibes, where he had moved after suffering a serious stroke. Now only his former personal Assistant, Estelle Katz (who has always been devoted to him) can understand what he attempts to say, and his family (inbcluding Fleur, his much younger trophy second wife) tend to stay away for as long as possible. However, his son, Julian, has to visit because he needs some important papers signed (including a Power of Attorney). Meanwhile, Fleur's first husband, a downtrodden thespian with grand designs, finds that the quarterely grant paid to him out of guilt by one of the bank's many private trusts, at the urging of Sir Harry, is late, and he happens to mention this fact to a local journalist who had called round to find out about the forthcoming children's pantomime.Cartwright catches the feeling of entitlement to wealth, and the reverence that the Bank seems able to draw from all of its employees in an entirely plausible and credible way. He also achieves what, in the current climate, might seem almost impossible, in that the reader empathises very closely woth Julian's plight as he struggles to save the bank.This book reminded me of John Lanchester's recent "Capital" and was, I believe, equally enjoyable and rewarding to read.