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Can novelists write about finance?

Most literary depictions of the crash have been flawed. Is 21st-century finance a suitable subject for fiction?

By John Gapper  

Photo: Baer Tierkel

I can’t imagine what came over me when, after the collapse of Lehman Brothers in September 2008, I set out to write a financial thriller. Actually, I can. I’d thought for a long time of taking a diversion from journalism into fiction—an idea that culminated in A Fatal Debt, my novel just published in the UK. I was based in New York for the Financial Times when the crash broke out, and I thought, if this isn’t the right time, then when? It helped…

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