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 Welcome to my blog cum website thingy. It's about all things related to fiction writing, however tenuous the connection. Here's a brief biog:

After doing an economics degree at Southampton University, I spent sixteen years in the Royal Air Force actually getting paid to have fun by flying aeroplanes. Since then I've worked in wholesale financial services and am now based in the UAE. I also provide consultancy and software development services to a small group of global financial institutions and am lucky enough to be a regular speaker on the international conference circuit.

I've always had a passion for history, languages and archaeology. These elements came together to create Flora Kemble, Oxford University palaeographer and heroine of my first novel, The Seven Stars, a thriller that weaves a tale of deception and murder stretching from ancient Rome to the present day.

My second book, The Manhattan Deception, is now available on Kindle and in paperback.

My third book, The Minerva System is available on Kindle and in paperback.

Book number four, Death to Bankers, has just been released on Kindle and the paperback, from Mauve Square Publishing, will be out soon.

My latest book is a ghost story, set in the misty fens of Lincolnshire. It's called Bomber Boys and has a very big twist in the tale!

I'm a member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists and split my time between work in Abu Dhabi and a far more relaxing time with my wife, Wendy - who's also published by Mauve Square Publishing - with our two cats at home in south-west France.

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Saturday, 12 April 2014

Flash Boys by Michael Lewis (and a Free Offer)

As many industry insiders expected, Michael Lewis's new book about high-frequency trading, Flash Boys, has caused a media storm and has also reignited another round of not entirely unjustified banker-bashing.

What caught me by surprise was how few people knew this stuff was going on. Entire conferences, trade publications and acres of internet pages are devoted to such topics as microsecond-level wire-to-wire trade latency (nanosecond-level isn't far off either), dark-pools, flash trading, paying for order flow etc and the impact all this stuff has on market micro-structures, liquidity and price formation (not to mention the sale of yachts, white powder from Latin America and houses in the Hamptons).

I guess the people who were already in the know, (including all the regulators and governments who are now falling over themselves with righteous indignation that such things were going on but nobody, y'know like reeeally told them how bad it was) were either ok with it, didn't fully understand the implications, didn't care or simply filed it under "meh, too difficult, didn't read".

According to stories elsewhere on the interweb, movie companies are engaged in a bidding war for the film rights of Flash Boys.... short pause to indulge in a spot of gum gnashing, gut wrenching envy and resentment... Where was I? Ah, yes, that was it, if you find reading about these kinds of techno misdemeanours to your taste, then you'll just lurrve The Minerva System. Click here for a link to the Kindle version The Minerva System

D'you know, I'm very tempted to put the Kindle version on free offer for a few days to see what happens. Yup, free, as in completely gratis - that's got to be a good deal, hasn't it?

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