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Capital Sins

Capital Sins

16.99

By Peter Cunningham

'Cunningham’s story is a compelling modern satire that presents the Celtic Tiger disaster as a garish fairy tale, The Emperor’s New Clothes with flashier characters, acrobatic sex and an epic villain.' - The Irish Times

Trade Paperback |300pp | ISBN 978-1-84840-071-9 | Release Date: 01-06-2010

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Ireland 2006. No one can speak of anything but the price of property. Developers gorge on massive loans as bankers, egged on by politicians, trample over each other to lend more and more. But at the heart of this unholy multi-billion-euro alliance is a hideous truth: the whole facade is built on sand. For the bankers, the developers and the politicians, time is suddenly running out. Two men face each other over this dark divide: Albert Barr,a high-living, debt-laden developer; and Lee Carew, a struggling journalist who may have stumbled upon the story of a lifetime. here, with devastating accuracy and savage humour, is the story of the final year of the Celtic Tiger.

Reviews:

(Peter Cunningham) is uniquely placed to have written the first great piece of fiction about the downfall of Ireland and the sordid horrors that accompanied it. Long before the Celtic Tiger was even a tabby, he was an entrepreneur and financier and gave that up to become a distinguished novelist and journalist. So money is a world he understands — its allures and its pitfalls and the strange, demented, ruthless and personally dysfunctional creatures it attracts.
— Kevin Myers, Irish Independent
Cunningham’s story is a compelling modern satire that presents the Celtic Tiger disaster as a garish fairy tale, The Emperor’s New Clothes with flashier characters, acrobatic sex and an epic villain.’ - Ferdia Mac Anna, Irish Times ‘The Cetltic Tiger roars and whimpers in Cunningham’s finely honed satire. . . Giving readers a fast and witty nutshell of the financial collapse.
— Publishers Weekly
Peter Cunningham has an extraordinary ability to capture and convey human encounters.’ - The Irish Times ‘A storyteller at the height of his powers’ - Sunday Tribune ‘Peter Cunningham writes beautifully.
— Literary Review