I have just finished reading George Watson's book. It was well written and very readable. I think he was both crazy and very brave to do what he did in South Africa.

 

G.G.

It’s a brilliant read, I don’t usually have the time for printed books and generally listen to audiobooks on the go but I wanted to know more with every page.

Craig Chidgey

This book is a fascinating insight into moneylending across place and time. Not only was it hugely informative, but the stories and the characters described were interesting, warm and funny. The author did a great job of showing how humanity and kindness really can be a central part of doing business- something that seems important to remember in today's world more than ever before! A great read, very much enjoyed it.

Alexandra Kozloff

I loved the different stories that were told in this book - some funny, some sad and some just boggled my mind. The pace was good and it felt like we covered a lot of ground from England to Cape Town hearing about George’s experience as a moneylender - I wasn’t even aware how it all worked let alone the extent of it. I would thoroughly recommend this book as a fascinating account of a world we very rarely get a look at. I read it in the first weekend of my holiday and would have kept going. Hopefully there will be a second book!

C. Ellis

This book is a revelation about the world of small scale lending. It follows George’s journey as a money lender, a world about which little is know, a devious world - of suspicious and devious lenders and vulnerable borrowers. Or is it? His journey is full of intrigue, lots of excitement, failures yes, but many joys of businesses saved and ventures started. He also examines the philosophy of moneylending, its basic drives, the hypocrisy of large banks to the dark arts of payday lending. The motives of lenders and borrowers. 

Laced with wonderful anecdotes, this book offers a fast paced, illuminating, and intensely personal read which explains the vital role played by this part of the financial market and George’s compelling journey through it. Its conclusion: he leaves it open for the reader but one senses his conviction that good prevails.
 
CW

I was recommended this book by a friend and my initial thought was, money? business? I'm not sure that's for me. But that's not what this book is about, it's about people, their stories and their connection to one of the oldest professions there is. Spanning two continents and a few countries in between, A Money Lenders Tale is a fascinating account of one mans journey into the highs, lows and more importantly the necessity for money lending. A really brilliant read that left me with a new found respect for something I seemingly knew nothing about.

Sophie Easton

Not my normal choice of book but my father really enjoyed it so I agreed to give it a go - am so glad I did! Extremely readable and will appeal to a broad audience. The stories of the different people and situations the author encountered was hugely interesting. My mother is now reading it too and also loving it.

Caroline Syms.

Engaging and accessible, the author reveals the human side of one of the most cut throat aspects of business, and he does so with empathy and humour. A very worthwhile read.

Charlotte T.

A fascinating read that alternates between an historic account of money lending, its troubled past and its place in society, and deeply personal stories of moneylending in practice from amusing, moving and troubling experiences of the author. Highly enjoyable read.

C. Brown

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!

A Money Lender’s Tale is a fascinating book written by the author George Watson and Watson throughout his expertly written book, will take his readers on a journey of finance. Watson is a talented man, and he has had an ‘extensive career in the money lending industry.’ Because Watson has this experience and knowledge, he is well equipped to take us on a journey of finance and money lending, and he does this perfectly throughout A Money Lender’s Tale by highlighting every aspect of money lending and highlighting that it affects all parts of society.

George Watson is passionate about finance and its history, and that is certainly clear in his literature because from beginning to end he enthusiastically writes about the topic and in turn it keeps the reader hooked from start to end.

The knowledge laced throughout the book of A Money Lender’s Tale will fascinate readers and excite those in business positions as well as those that are interested in finance and society because these readers will be provided with a wealth of information that will intrigue readers from the very beginning. The topics explored will open readers eyes to the information but also about how important and fundamental the topics are. I expressed briefly that Watson clearly knows a lot about the topics discussed throughout the book and he most certainly does because the knowledge laced through his book is in-depth and well explained so that no reader, even beginners will be confused. Although the book is dense in text and has a lot of words that beginners in finance will not quite understand, everything is explained well so I would find it hard to believe that a reader could get lost reading the book; and that is because Watson perfectly guides his readers from beginning to end, informing and educating them every step of the way.

A Money Lender’s Tale is an outstanding book that is highly informative as well as engaging because even if you are not in some form of business and finance, you will still find the book engaging thanks to the wealth of knowledge, research and the exceptional and positive attitude courtesy of the sensational author George Watson.

The journey Watson takes his readers on is incredible and will open many readers eyes to society and finance. Watson explores many topics all thoroughly, and the result is eye-opening as well as incredibly entertaining! I loved how Watson did this in A Money Lender’s Tale and decided to not only inform his readers but also open their eyes to many topics that are not widely known.

George Watson has managed to accomplish the almost impossible.. he has managed to write a finance book that is not only informative and useful but also entertaining! I have to admit that I was surprised by just how entertaining the book was; I believe this is thanks to Watson’s easy to read, fluent writing style and his ability to keep his readers engaged from the start with the discussion of new topics.

As I am a huge lover of this book and think not only the authors writing but the wealth of information is incredible, I have no choice but to award this sensational book a stellar five stars because it’s utterly brilliant! If you are a reader who is interested in the topics explored in A Money Lender’s Tale then I recommend that you read this book as it is remarkable and will keep you turning the pages for hours on end!

Aimee Ann