Money makes the world go round. When it does not rotate quite as quickly as you desire do you reach out to a money lender? Or do you loathe the money lenders, the usurers?

In his varied and extensive career in the money lending industry, George Watson has seen money lending in all its manifestations and became fascinated by its history and by its various effects on people and societies. Money lending has become an all-embracing all consuming monolith which either serves societies or devours them depending on your view.

 

Living life as both lender and borrower, encountering people from every part of the economic and social spectrum, there grew a deep understanding of the extent to which money lending in all its forms affects and implicates everyone, whilst simultaneously, society candy coats the activity and avoids the moral choices. 
This book examines how life connects us all to the money lenders, how it started, how it evolved and where it is now. It examines the humour, the pathos, the successes and failures of an activity that has affected us or infected us since the dawn of history.

Is it good or evil? You make up your mind. You are part of it.

A Money Lender’s Tale is a profound and informative book about a fascinating topic that is growing in popularity as well as notability, and I have to admit that A Money Lender’s Tale written by the talented George Watson is one of the best books on the subject on the market today. You may be thinking “how can a book about money lending be entertaining?!” but trust me book lovers when I write that it is a superb book that is full of many intriguing facts that will make you feel pure enjoyment. One of the best selling qualities about A Money Lender’s Tale is the fact that it is incredibly unique and never before have I read a book of this nature so to read a book about this topic, in-depth, from somebody who has a wealth of experience and knowledge, ensured that I was entertained from start to finish. Already I would recommend A Money Lender’s Tale to all of those that have an interest in finance as well as society but if you need more convincing then continue to read to learn more about the sensational A Money Lender’s Tale!

It is almost a cliché to say that travelling broadens the mind. But how, and in what way? 

If you are prepared to empty your mind of daily routines and you don't try to recreate them where you are going, if you don't go travelling with the purpose of comparing a new place with what you know, If you are prepared to look past the obvious, past the sights and sounds of the travel brochures and blogs, if you believe that “the world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page” then it can be the most creative experience.

Writing a book is a labour of love. Everyone has at least one book in them they say, but most people don't write it. I found that the hardest word to write was the first one. Having decided to do it and never having written like this before a blank computer screen is most intimidating. You say to yourself, “oh dear, I am struggling with the first word and I could be writing 200000

"The conservative banker is an impressive specimen, diffusing the healthy glow which comes of moderation in eating, living, and thinking. He sits in state and spends his days saying, with varying inflections and varying contexts, 'no.' ... He says 'yes' only a few times a year. His rule is that he reserves his yesses for organizations so wealthy that if he said 'no,' some other banker would quickly say 'yes.' His business might be defined as the lending of money exclusively to people who have no pressing need of it." -- Fred Schwed Jr.

They say that everyone has a book in them, everyone has a story to tell that will fill at least one book. Some people are driven by the creative process and writing a book is an ambition that becomes real. But for most of us, it is just something that sits at the back of the mind, way down the bucket list. Often we can tell a story in conversation and be met with the refrain “Oh you should write a book!”  We smile, gratified that our little anecdote was well received, but that is all. And if, as I do, you have lots of stories to tell so that refrain repeats itself. Then eventually one day, as I did, you sit down and write a book. 

About 200 kms west from Havana, a two to three-hour drive lays the small town of Vinales, which lies in the Vinales Valley located in the Sierra de los Organos Mountains. It’s a small traditional town where most people work in the cigar industry. The valley is beautiful and a welcome respite from the heat of Havana.

In my early youth, Cuba was never far from one’s mind. The revolution with Castro Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos, the Bay of Pigs, The Cuban Missile Crisis, the Blockade, the decadence and depravity of pre-revolutionary Cuba and Graham Greene’s Our Man In Havana made Cuba romantic, scary, and fascinating all at the same time. When the time came to go there a sense that I might be disappointed after all that lurked in the back of my mind but I wasn’t.