Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Credit in the Straight World, new title from Wellington author Brannavan Gnanalingam

The Global Financial Crisis (GFC) is often a story of New York traders and sub-prime mortgages.

But in the years that followed the GFC, many identical smaller stories played out around the world. These stories were of small time players by international standards, but whose collapses left large dents in local economies. New Zealand for example, was hit hard by a large number of finance companies falling into receivership and liquidation, leaving investors billions of dollars out of pocket.

Wellington author Brannavan Gnanalingam charts the fortunes of a fictitious finance company-Manchester Gold-a fictitious Cantabrian town-Manchester-in his third novel, Credit in the Straight World. To be released on Friday 1 May 2015, the novel follows Frank Tolland as he casts off an ignoble birth to become the singular leader of business and community in small-town New Zealand.

Told through the eyes of his mute brother, George, Credit in the Straight World is a sharp and satirical account of a small-town finance company, and sweeps through the dramatic economic changes of the 20th and the 21st centuries.

Credit in the Straight World is the third book from Brannavan Gnanalingam to be released through Lawrence & Gibson publishing. His first, Getting Under Sail, was described by the NZ Listener as a ‘unique and beguiling effort’. In 2013, You Should Have Come Here When You Were Not Here was published to critical acclaim. It was praised by the NZ Listener as “terse and strong” and “genre-defying," and by Booksellers NZ as “raw and economical, painting beautifully truthful pictures.”

Credit in the Straight World will be launched at the 17 Tory St open source community gallery in Wellington from 530pm on Friday 1 May. At 6pm there will be a reading and at 7pm there will be music from Womb & Dick Whyte (solo).

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