A cautionary tale of the good times

Remember when Irish banks were being called the best in the world? In his new novel, The Mark and The Void, Skippy Dies author Paul Murray tackles the grand illusions of the boom and its terrible aftermath. In this extract, banker Claude Martingale r

12th July, 2015


The Mark and The Void

The report is going slowly, very slowly. Financial institutions are chimerical creatures at the best of times, but Royal’s books are like nothing I’ve ever seen. Every figure is a door into a world of illusion – of shapeshifting, duplication, disappearing acts. Deals are buried or recorded more than once; borrowers are split into two or lumped together; mysterious sums arrive and depart without explanation,...

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