This is an unusual piece of literature in that it’s about work; there are surprisingly few of these out there. Despite the fact work makes up a huge amount of our daily lives, it’s hard to write engagingly about the topic (notable exceptions are the police force and other more ‘exciting’ professions).
This is about a toxic workplace, ‘the most successful bank in the universe’ (draw your own conclusions). It’s a look at a micro environment of the graveyard shift in a graphics centre, which at the same time points to wider problems and injustices in the macro environment of the financial services industry.
It’s can be a difficult book to read, full of examples of the darker side of human nature, the noxious environment bringing out the worst in the people who work there. I had to put it down a few times, as the atmosphere of the book painted a picture so bleak I almost couldn’t continue to read. But the narrator (the story is based on the real life experiences of the author) pulls you through the story, admitting to her own shame in being complicit in some of the bullying, and it bringing out the worst in her, as she tries to earn enough to eat and live in London, hoping for a different life and career before the bank breaks her. The narrator also has a black sense of humour that tugs you through to the end as you keep your fingers crossed she’ll make it out of there.
This is the first in a trilogy of well-written and interesting prose that makes us realise we all have a darker side, and if we’re put in the right (wrong?) environment, we too could turn away from injustice and brutality and ‘do it for the money’.
‘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