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A Theft / My Conman

by Hanif Kureishi - £4.99  Faber & Faber (2014)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780571323197 | ISBN 10: 0571323197

'I was beginning to love my thief, a man I barely knew, but whom I had trusted and even liked, and who had taken my savings, amongst many other crimes.'
 
A bravura piece of very personal reportage by Hanif Kureishi about the man who stole his life savings.
 
Nearing sixty and needing to plan for his and his children's future, Hanif Kureishi employed an accountant from a reputable firm. When the accountant recommended investing in a property scheme, Kureishi followed his advice - only to find out that the accountant was a fraudster and his entire life savings had vanished.
 
In this thought-provoking account of his conman, Kureishi uses this theft as a way of exploring some of the contradictions and dilemmas of our lives: the true value of money; the role of deception in art; how you can love and hate simultaneously; why the financial world seems to revolve around deceit; and what we might recover from those who have stolen from us.

(Price & availability last checked: February 2015)

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