The Umbrella Men

Keith Carter

A witty, fast-paced and acerbic novel set in pristine Oregon and the corporate corridors of New York, London and China. A story for our times where finance, environmentalism, rare-earth mining and human frailties collide in a complex of flawed motives.
Date Published :
April 2019
Publisher :
Neem Tree Press
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781911107057
Pages : 451
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$20.99
Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781911107101
Pages : 451
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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$14.99
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Overview
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A witty and acerbic novel for our times about corporate greed, the hubris of bankers, contradictions of the clean energy economy and their unintended consequences on everyday people.

Finance, environmentalism, rare-earth mining and human frailties collide in a complex of flawed motives. We follow Peter Mount, the self-made Chief Executive of a London-based rare-earth mining company as he and his business are buffeted by crisis-torn Royal Bank of Scotland and by his own actions, real and imagined. Meanwhile in Oregon, Amy Tate and her group of local environmental activists do their contradictory part to undermine a component of the green economy, unwittingly supercharged by the Chinese state. The repercussions of events in pristine Oregon are felt in the corporate and financial corridors of New York and London with drastic consequences. This is a deeply involving novel about the current workings of capitalism, miscommunication, causes and unexpected effects, love and survival.

About The Author
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Born in Scotland, he read Economics at Cambridge, taking a First in 1981 when he was elected a Scholar. He worked as an investment banker before going straight and running a small pharmaceutical company. Now a writer and business consultant he enjoys travel, politics and economics, reading and writing, languages, music and meals with family and friends. Keith suffered a spinal cord injury in March 2018 and since rides a wheelchair.

REVIEWS
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Carter has written an involving and provocative novel...Humorous, acerbic and keenly observed, the financial crisis is properly skewered...This couldn't be more topical; the financial crisis, ecological concerns, capitalism, greed, regulation and the devastating effect on people of the financial meltdown 

- Paul Burke NB Magazine Review

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