Book review: Trading Futures

MATTHEW OXENHAY leads a 2.5 kids kind of life. He has a nice house in north London, a devoted wife, two children and a well-earning job in the city.

Jim Powell

Picador, £12.99;

ebook, £6.49

There’s just one problem — this isn’t the life he wanted. 

As a student who dreamed of rebelling against the system, he took a city job as a drunken bet — or did he? 

Everything has seemed a little hazy since he lost his job and started devoting more time to his favourite pastime — drinking.

Indeed, Matthew is feeling pretty lost, until he bumps into a childhood sweetheart and the hopes and dreams of his younger self come flooding back. 

Matthew is a selfish and often unlikeable character, but by the end of the book, you feel a great affection for this angry and confused man. 

That’s testament to author Jim Powell — a talented writer whose previous careers include advertising, pottery and politics.

Key to this book, though, is its strong and constant dark humour.

It’s a short read, but entertaining, thoughtful and very witty.


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