Reviews for Spanish Light

"Spanish Light is full of clashes; between cultures and classes, and the worlds of finance and romance. The prose zips along while allowing us insights into the Crash of 2008; entertaining and informative."

- Paul McVeigh, prize-winning author of The Good Son

"Spanish Light (Upper West Side Philosphers Inc, 2018) is an ingenious and gripping hi-jinks finance and legal thriller pulled straight from the headlines of the global economic meltdown. Mat, a financier who made millions in the 2008 financial meltdown uses his fortune to help his girlfriend, Miriam, in the cause of Spanish miners who are getting short-changed in a global economy that pits the haves against the have-nots. Grant gives us an emotional grand tour of the ins-and-outs of a fast changing global economy that shows no mercy for the working people who have tied their fate to legacy industries like coal. Spanish Light is constructed of a perfect stream of efficient and wry prose. It's not too far-fetched to hope that this book makes it into the room where Booker prize candidates are discussed." 

-Joseph G. Peterson, author of Wanted: Elevator Man, Gunmetal Blue, Gideon’s Confession 

"Finally, after dozens of nonfiction books about the Crash of 2008, Stephen Grant gives us a fictionalized account full of romance and intrigue. Spanish Light tells of a London banker who uses his ill-gotten gains to help laid-off Spanish miners. It’s a fast-paced, up-close-and-personal look at this economic disaster." 

-James Vescovi, author of Eat Now, Talk Later: 52 True Tales of Family, Feasting & the American Experience 

"A tale of muddling through in a world bereft of meaning; or, love among the financial ruins. Mat, a finance whiz in the City of London, is a connoisseur of fine things who doesn't bat an eye at spending hundreds on a bottle of wine or putting such an extravagance on his expense account … But is that and a good case of wine enough to secure meaning in the world? No, of course not: there's friendship, and love, and family ... And more: there's the need to make a difference in a world of haves and have-nots, a matter on which Mat's philosopher love interest has some firm ideas: "You just make as much noise as you can to try and make the fuckers so uncomfortable they think again ... The plot resolves believably ... the characters are well-realized ... bright dialogue."  

-Kirkus Reviews 

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