In a lively credit-crunch satire, Paul Torday reprises the comic voice of his successful debut Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.
The book's genial narrator, Hector Chetwode-Talbot, known as Eck, is an ex-army officer. He now works as a "greeter" for a hedge fund run by an old school friend, Bilbo Mountwilliams – a charming player whose family crest shows a cat licking its paws, alongside the motto "Semper plus".
On one of his trips to the south of France, Eck meets Charlie Summers, a marketing man trying to sell Japanese dog-food to the world.
While Bilbo bobs around on inflated credit, Charlie's hapless business venture proves not so watertight. This debonair and elegantly written farce borrows from Woodhouse and Sharpe.Reuse content