If Cassandra lived in London and worked deep inside ‘The Most Successful Bank in the Universe’ (Nox’s mantra-like repeated phrase), this is the book she would write. Would anyone believe her?
Nox falls into a dirty, secret world at the heart of global finance and becomes an accidental witness to a rottenness beyond most people’s belief. With a failed career in anthropology, she can not find her way out again.
Nox is not a banker, she is a minimum hour contractor who can be fired overnight. She spends her life on the graveyard shift, and the small medieval graveyard outside the Bank seems a more congenial place than the work floors reminiscent of battle trenches.
Much of the detail of systemic bullying and military style supremacy ideology is harrowing. It destroys the characters’ lives and seeps into their souls.
‘The Graveyards of the Banks’ reads like an insider’s memoir of Mordor, but there are no heroes, there is no sunrise redemption.
Nyla has ended up inside the ultimate seat of power. And she is helpless and hopeless.
The biggest strength of this book is its sparse and evocative style. This is literature. Literature in its deepest and most inspiring sense. Contemporary literature about the contemporary workplace.
It is also a very emotional book. And a book full of dark, very dark wit.
It will make you laugh, it will make you cry. (Not many books about banks do that).
Like Cassandra’s songs, it tells the truth. A truth nobody wants to act on before the city falls…
With two more volumes still to come, ‘Graveyards of the Banks’ promises to be an epic – a tale not of two cities but of one City, that rules us all.
‘I live in a hostile environment’. Over the last year, many EU citizens in the UK have said that. So many times. Harassment? Bullying? Legal uncertainty? Lack of empathy? Being made into the ‘other’, being publicly vilified, demonized? Encountering obstacle after obstacle, so that life becomes a misery? Like many other EU citizens, I have […] Continue reading
Here are the first few pictures from Nyla’s reading of ‘Slaughterhouse Morning’ at Waterstones Covent Garden on Friday 3 March. Wonderful audience, standing room only for quite a few! Most exciting image: people picking up my book, rapt and immersed. Reading it, buying it. Wow! Continue reading
Nyla Nox will be reading from her first chapter of ‘Slaugtherhouse Morning’. You will be the very first to hear it before the book comes out later in March! Link to the website Continue reading
“Part satire, part thriller and part exposé, this book explores the dark corporate underbelly of the banking world and of those who are stuck working in it.” “Nox has a clear, honest writing style and has unique and refreshing ways of describing people and their relationships. ” “This was an interesting book that gave a lot […] Continue reading
“I really liked the character Nyla.” ” I also learned a lot about finance and banks in this book. I love books like this, when the author is writing about an industry, and writes it so well that we actually learn something.” “The writing style (like I mentioned above), is very unique. It took me a while to […] Continue reading