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On the Floor

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Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction

On the Floor

Aifric Campbell

The higher you fly, the further you'll fall

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9781847658012 (1 Mar 2012)

About the book

In the City everything has a price.

At the age of twenty-eight, Dubliner Geri Molloy has put her troubled past behind her to become a major player at Steiner's investment bank in London, earning £850k a year doing business with a reclusive hedge fund manager in Hong Kong who, in return for his patronage, likes to ask her about Kant and watch while she eats exotic Asian delicacies.

For five years Geri has had it all, but in the months leading up to the outbreak of the Gulf War in 1991, her life starts to unravel. Abandoned by her corporate financier boyfriend, in the grip of a debilitating insomnia, and drinking far too much, Geri becomes entangled in a hostile takeover involving her boss, her client and her ex. With her career on the line as a consequence, and no one to turn to, she is close to losing it, in every sense.

Taut and fast-paced, On the Floor is about making money and taking risks; it's about getting away with it, and what happens when you're no longer one step ahead; ultimately, though, it's a reminder to never, ever underestimate the personal cost of success.

About the author

Aifric is the author of On the Floor, which was long listed for the Orange Prize 2012. Her previous novels are The Semantics of Murder and The Loss Adjustor. She was born in Dublin, studied in Sweden and spent 13 years as an investment banker in London and currently teaches at Imperial College, London.


Aifric Campbell is one of my favourite Irish novelists

- Joseph O'Connor

A riveting novel from a unique talent. Aifric Campbell effortlessly conjures the action and excitement of the trading room floor creating a novel that explores the consequences of risk taking and ultimately thrills from start to finish

- Irish Tatler

An energetic and illuminating read ... Campbell manages to make this portrayal both eloquent and funny

- Independent

Impressively constructed ... a short, snappy and ultra-smart drama

- Daily Mirror

Art imitates life in this new novel by former trader Aifric Campbell.

- Harriet Dennys, City AM

Additional Information

Imprint: Serpent's Tail
Subject: Fiction

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