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The Trading Game: A Confession

Business, Finance & Law
Hardback Published on: 05/03/2024
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The Trading Game
Once you get in you never get out
In this thrilling memoir, Gary Stevenson charts his life as a working class boy from Ilford, all the way to the top trading floors of the world, making mil... READ MORE
The Trading Game
Entertaining, fascinating and a lot of fun.
Gary Stevenson has done for city traders what Adam Kay did for house doctors. The Trading Game is compelling, dark and at times laugh out loud funny. A gre... READ MORE
Ed Ripley
The Trading Game
A tantalising & shocking glimpse into the world of high finance.
Gary Stevenson's story is remarkable. Brought up in a working class family in London & expelled from school for selling drugs he eventually graduates from ... READ MORE
Matt at Waterstones Online
The Trading Game
Eye-opening, remarkable ride across the trading floor
A boy from a working-class background graduates from the London School of Economics, gets a foot in at one of the world's biggest banks by winning a maths ... READ MORE
Selena, Guildford


An outrageous, white-knuckle journey to the dark heart of an intoxicating world - from someone who survived the trading game and then blew it all wide open

'If you were gonna rob a bank, and you saw the vault door there, left open, what would you do? Would you wait around?

Ever since he was a kid, kicking broken footballs on the streets of East London in the shadow of Canary Wharf's skyscrapers, Gary wanted something better. Something a whole lot bigger.

Then he won a competition run by a bank: 'The Trading Game'. The prize: a golden ticket to a new life, as the youngest trader in the whole city. A place where you could make more money than you'd ever imagined. Where your colleagues are dysfunctional maths geniuses, overfed public schoolboys and borderline psychopaths, yet they start to feel like family. Where soon you're the bank's most profitable trader, dealing in nearly a trillion dollars. A day. Where you dream of numbers in your sleep - and then stop sleeping at all.

But what happens when winning starts to feel like losing? When the easiest way to make money is to bet on millions becoming poorer and poorer - and, as the economy starts slipping off a precipice, your own sanity starts slipping with it? You want to stop, but you can't. Because nobody ever leaves.

Would you stick, or quit? Even if it meant risking everything?

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241636602
  • Number of pages: 432
  • Weight: 658g
  • Dimensions: 240 x 160 x 36 mm

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The Trading Game
Totally captivating read, brilliantly executed
A brilliant read about an extremely talented man who dare I say it took on the biggest bank and won. This was a real page turner capturing the highs and lo... READ MORE
Paula Sterling-stead
The Trading Game
a clear eyed look at trading
I still feel unsure what I think about this book - basically a story of rags to riches, treading on the little guys with their mortgages and debts, similar... READ MORE
The Trading Game
Probably the only non fiction book I’ve ever been sorry to reach the end of.
Until I’d read this book I hadn’t heard of Gary Stevenson and hadn’t seen his YouTube channel, Gary’s Economics, so I was a little apprehensive as to wheth... READ MORE
The Trading Game
Captivating insight
I think this is the fastest I've read a book in years! Garry, thank you for sharing your world and story with us It was eye-opening
Sara Berta Racz
The Trading Game
A stunning read about the state of the World!
This is the amazing story of how a kid from the East End of London became one of Citibank’s leading financial traders – making the bank a fortune in the pr... READ MORE
Jim Sweetman
The Trading Game
A legend in his own lifetime
An insight and exposé of Gary Stevenson's life as a trader, not just any trader but a legend in his own lifetime. I must declare an interest because my son... READ MORE
the moving finger writes
The Trading Game
Fascinating story
This is a fascinating story about a young man from the East End who wants to be a millionaire and starts training as a money trader at a large banking corp... READ MORE
Patricia Moren
The Trading Game
Great book
This is a very easy read and takes you into the world of trading showing the good and the bad
Colin Luker
The Trading Game
Fascinating story but too much swearing for my liking
Gary won a game of The Trading Game and was employed by a large city bank. He did really well and made lots of money for the bank and therefore for himself... READ MORE
Brenda Birkett
The Trading Game
Well worth reading - highly recommended.
Alan Parry
The Trading Game
The author describes a somewhat interesting time at a certain bank although I suspect it probably applies to most if not all banks. Interesting but diabol... READ MORE
The Trading Game
Fascinating and well written
Gary gives an insight into the strange world of trading. Shines a light on the fact that the people who run the institutions that control our lives are no... READ MORE
Gavin Robinson