Meltdown, Paperback Book
3 out of 5 (5 ratings)


For amiable City trader Jimmy Corby money was the new Rock n' Roll. His whole life was a party, adrenalin charged and cocaine fuelled.

If he hadn't met Monica he would probably have ended up either dead or in rehab.

But Jimmy was as lucky in love as he was at betting on dodgy derivatives, so instead of burning out, his star just burned brighter than ever.

Rich, pampered and successful, Jimmy, Monica and their friends lived the dream, bringing up their children with an army of domestic helps.

But then it all came crashing down. And when the global financial crisis hit, Jimmy discovers that anyone can handle success.

It's how you handle failure that really matters.


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Lizzy Loves Organic.Only good things inside. Good but very naughty!50% sustainably sourced cardboard! (Lizzie's promise!)A little of what you fancy!Cornish Clotted Creamery from VERY happy cows!Responsibly traded cocoa beans taste better!You couldn't take a packet of crisps as a gift to a hostess, even though pretty much everybody likes crisps. But you could bring some of Lizzie's shaved turnip curls. Even though they tasted pretty grim.They were just so beautifully presented.Ben Elton's take on the financial crisis opens with a city trader crowing about saving half a million pounds through a tip from his friend, and being unnerved when his wife points out that what he has done is insider trading and highly illegal. The story follows a group of high-flying friends (including city traders, business owners, an architect and a politician) through the financial and political storms of the last few years. To start with they seem an unpleasant bunch, who probably deserve what happens to them, but as they struggle against adversity some of them eventually come to seem more sympathetic.
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Elton's tale of the rich and the disastrous effects of the recession upon them is entertaining enough. Oddly for an Elton novel the hook is not from any humour value, which is in short supply here, yet rather from the interesting curve of character arcs. The story follows six university friends as they stay in touch as their careers sky-rocket in the city. When the recession hits they are affected in different ways, with the central character offering a likeable story of riches to rags. Elton tackles a wide array of subjects within Meltdown, some laced with cutting satire, others with a wry and dry sense of humour. As usual, no cultural or societal subject is too taboo. Not as witty as previous books, Meltdown still offers a decent read, just don't go expecting any belly laughs.

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For some reason, I always think Ben Elton is going to be better than he is. He's consistently topical (like Tom Wolfe) but there is something almost formulaic about his books. The ending is so cloying. Where's the great British dark sense of humour? Instead, we get a family that goes from being extremely wealthy to just barely getting by, but Elton wants us to be they are happier, that they feel better about themselves as people? Gimme a break. How about they lose all their money, things are tough, and then they realize they might have spent the money more wisely when they had it; something along those lines I might have bought. And finally, has Elton got so big that no one edits him? You could cut at least a third of this book.

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Very jolly and heartwarming tale of a b/wanker who loses everything but finds out that his family is what is truly important. Very easy reading, although it feels very broad brush and cliched

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I didn't like this story so much. The spelling style was ok but the plot itself didn't assure me. Why? It's based on the failure of some young and very rich people which couldn't stop making exorbitant money at the expense of others. Secondly it's an inside of them how they had to struggle with their new found poverty which some of them weren't able to accept and still were looking for an escape into the old habit. In my opinion all this is looking like malice towards all people which really have to count each penny and which are masters in surviving with their small income.

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