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Graveyards of the Banks

(I did it for the money #1)

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'Graveyards of the Banks' is a haunting trilogy about Nyla's journey through the gothic maze of the Most Successful Bank in the Universe in London. A group of jobless humanities graduates abandon all hope and enter the Third Basement for a life on the graveyard shift, a toxic bubble of bitches and bullies where the Bank conducts human experiments to select the Fittest to R ...more
Kindle Edition, 176 pages
Published March 6th 2015 by Athens Publishers (first published March 2nd 2015)
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Nyla Nox
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I wrote this book because nobody is telling the true story of what happens inside The Most Successful Bank in the Universe.
Bankers have their own agenda, and journalists are outsiders - very few have ever been inside the building.
My experience on the graveyard shift (midnight to 8AM) in the graphics center was harrowing and life changing. The working conditions and the Social Darwinist ideology of 'leadership' are ongoing and largely unknown.
In my job, I was the ultimate insider, I saw more secr
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Elaine
Mar 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
As an industry insider, working in London, I totally "felt" this book. Not only could I relate to the extreme corporate set-up, the human interactions between employees and managers, and the atmosphere around the historic City itself, but the almost solitary survival of an individual in London and the glimpses of worthwhile aspirations kept me moving forward. I read the book in one sitting! And I have every intention of ordering the next two parts of this trilogy as soon as they are published. ...more
Intensebanker
Mar 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you really want to know what goes on inside the Big Banks, here’s the one for you.
Unlike most books about investment banking, it gives the real, gritty, unvarnished view of a long term insider from what must surely be one of the Top 5 banks (Nox calls it ‘The Most Successful Bank in the Universe’ and personally I’m inclined to guess that this may well be the simple truth… but she doesn’t reveal the name).
If you have not worked at one of those banks yourself, ‘Graveyards of the Banks’ will sh
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Carola Siekmann
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nyla Nox stumbles into a foreign world. Fate has brought her there. She is an anthropologist, but this strange culture is not the object of a research project. She is there to struggle and survive.

She enters through a small door behind a medieval graveyard in the city of London and finds herself inside the heart of the banking universe, inside the mightiest bank of them all. Nyla knows nothing about the bizarre rituals and cruelties she is about to encounter. And so she is innocent enough to see
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Endlessreadingprincess
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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If Cassandra lived in London and worked deep inside 'The Most Successful Bank in the Universe' (Nox's mantra-like repeated phrase), this is the book she would write. Would anyone believe her?
Nox falls into a dirty, secret world at the heart of global finance and becomes an accidental witness to a rottenness beyond most people's belief. With a failed career in anthropology, she can not find her way out again.
Nox is not a banker, she is a minimum hour contractor who can be fired overnight. She sp
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Ellen Bard
Mar 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an unusual piece of literature in that it’s about work; there are surprisingly few of these out there. Despite the fact work makes up a huge amount of our daily lives, it’s hard to write engagingly about the topic (notable exceptions are the police force and other more ‘exciting’ professions).

This is about a toxic workplace, ‘the most successful bank in the universe’ (draw your own conclusions). It’s a look at a micro environment of the graveyard shift in a graphics centre, which at the
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Karen Schur-Narula
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A bank next to a graveyard. What could be the connection? In this first volume of the trilogy of novels Graveyards of the Banks, the valiant Nyla Nox shrouds them together in ways that are unexpected, absorbing, and even deliciously amusing. She takes what could (and must often) have been an unpleasantly stressful and horrible working environment—graveyard shift in the graphics department of a bank—and turns it into the subject of an almost anthropological study of a cold space. Survival of the ...more
Tracey Martin
Apr 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It is notoriously difficult to write interestingly about work - especially the work that most people do sitting in front of their computer screens all day - or in Nyla's case, all night. Most authors avoid it. But Nyla has managed to do this magnificently - her account is gripping and thoroughly readable. She cleverly weaves her own experience with reflections on the anthropological and political implications of the work she is doing. The book is thoroughly topical and yet another reminder of wh ...more
Samruddhi
Mar 15, 2015 rated it liked it
well, there are parts here that make your blood run cold!
L. S.
Jan 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
I think this could be classified as well-done satire against the corporate world.

Nyla’s endurance of rude beratings and subpar working conditions is one I think many of us can relate to. Having to budget things so close you’re not sure if you’ll eat next week, you’ll take any job you can get, right? Especially if it’s at The Most Successful Bank in the Universe—that name couldn’t possibly indicate anything sinister, could it?

Some of the representations of corporate stereotypes sat right between
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Olga Miret
Dec 27, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am reviewing this book as part of the Lit World Interviews review team and was offered a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Nyla, the protagonist of this novel-cum-memoir (the author is also called Nyla and in the description of the book she explains the narration is born of her personal experience working for a bank, which although it remains nameless, it’s ‘the Most Successful Bank in the Universe’) works for the department preparing the publications that seemingly are the only visi
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Ruth B
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
Rating: 2.5 stars

"Graveyards of the banks' is an intelligent story with a loud message against the foundations of the system we live in. However, somewhere along the story I got lost and couldn't enjoy the book as much as I would have liked.

Let me summary the story. Nina is an anthropologist who is forced to work the night shift in a cold and strange place. She will suffer the consequences of working at night when the rest of the world is sleeping, in a place where human interactions are ruled
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Gerda
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Great read, page turner, well executed
Morgan Pryce
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Scary and bone-chilling. For a work of fiction it reads darn realistic!
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