Magazine
Latest Issue

A plea for accountants to become boring again

Richard Brooks argues in "Bean Counters" that accountants have lost track of what they’re supposed to be doing

By Oliver Bullough   July 2018

There is an irony at the heart of Private Eye journalist Richard Brooks’s improbably rollicking history of the accountancy profession. At its heart this is a plea for accountants to become boring again, and yet if accountancy was as boring as Brooks wants it to be, he could never have written such a good book about it.

Brooks traces accountancy from its birth during the Renaissance, through its Scottish adolescence, but the book really takes wing when it reaches…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect