Independently minded publishing

– Boyd Tonkin, New Statesman and Society, 8th July 1994

‘The former equity salesman Jim Parton writes that media punditry is “a sure sign of mediocrity”. His crestfallen memoir of City broking in the early 1990s lacks all grace and gravitas. So what? As a pungent first-hand account of the “temporary suspensions of decency which occur when you are earning too much money”, it has few recent rivals. As an inflammatory summer beach-read for the unwaged and underpaid, it has none. Parton’s scandal strewn narrative shows one way to demysitfy the Square Mile’s secrets. He adopts the larky, laddish voice beloved of all publishers these days. Since it might just help him to reach the first-time investor in unit trusts (70 per cent of which fall short of the index for their sector) this blokery can be forgiven.’