I haven’t read a whole lot of short-novella-length works, and I think How I Lost a Hundred Billion and Found True Love by Julian Gough was a great introduction.
It is a ‘comic romp through the sovereign debt crisis’ and I found it both to be very funny and also quite edifying. There was a very good explanation of how we got into the debt crisis in the first place, and although I study Economics at uni (as a minor, thank goodness) this was the best explanation of that I’ve ever read!
This book is really, really fun. I enjoyed working out which country was which, as they were all given pseudonyms. Obviously ‘Paella’ is Spain, but the others are more tricky. Towards the end there is a scene where two characters are falling off something (to tell you more would be a spoiler) and it reminded me of a slightly parodic version of the imagery used by Ian McEwan in the library scene of Atonement.
Four out of five stars.
This was a Review Copy provided by the publishers, DailyLit.