The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers by Paul Torday
An up-to-date A Tale of Two Cities by the bestselling author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen.
Hector Chetwode-Talbot, Eck to his friends, has left the army and is slightly at a loss as to what to do next, when he is approached by an old army pal, Bilbo Mountwilliam. Bilbo runs an investment fund company and business is booming.
Bilbo persuades Eck to join the company as a ‘greeter’ for moneyed clients. All Eck has to do is supply the contacts with entertainment and large G&Ts and then the fund managers will do the rest.
Soon Eck is able to buy himself a luxury sports car and decadent flat. And it’s on a golfing trip to France that Eck first meets Charlie Summers, a fly-by-night entrepreneur whose latest scheme is to import Japanese dog food into the UK.
Soon Charlie lands on Eck’s doorstep with his suitcase, intent on staying and relaunching his dog food business in the area. But with the financial crash looming, Eck begins to ask himself if they are so very different…