Wellington author Brannavan Gnanalingam charts the fortunes of a fictitious finance company - Manchester Gold - in a fictitious Cantabrian town, Manchester, in his third novel, Credit in the Straight World. The novel charts the fortunes of Frank Tolland as he casts off an ignoble birth to become the singular leader of business and community in small-town New Zealand.
Told through the eyes of his mute brother, George, Credit in the Straight World is a sharp and satirical account of a small-town finance company, and sweeps through the dramatic economic changes of the 20th and the 21st centuries.
“It’s a story of family fortunes and misfortunes, of a sibling in the shadows, keeping the accounts of his more successful older brother.” said Gnanalingam, “but don’t mistake it for some kind of grand confession. ”
Credit in the Straight World is the third book from Brannavan Gnanalingam to be released through Lawrence and Gibson publishing. His first, Getting Under Sail, was described by the NZ Listener as a ‘unique and beguiling effort’. In 2013, You Should Have Come Here When You Were Not Here was published to critical acclaim. It was praised by the NZ Listener as “terse and strong” and “genre-defying,” and by Booksellers NZ as “raw and economical, painting beautifully truthful pictures.”
“In his previous books Gnanalingam has shown a knack for precise observations of gender and race in foreign lands. This book shows that he can cast an equally keen eye on small-town New Zealand,” said Murdoch Stephens, editor at Lawrence and Gibson.