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Like some eccentric Lehman brother the family don’t like to talk about, he traded in debt – his own – and he actually made it work. 'A CREDIT TO HIMSELF' is a recession parable, the memoir of a classic British eccentric, and the story of our obsession with credit.
“For most people, their job becomes more than what they do, it becomes who they are. It’s the first thing anybody asks – “so what do you do then?” A good job, a wife, a house, kids: these are things I used to have. But I lost them all. The one thing that I have left, the thing that has kept me afloat has been stoozing. Trouble is, for various reasons, now it seems as if I might be sinking.”
By the time you’ve finished reading this book, you’ll know what stoozing is.
For over ten years, Paul Hughes borrowed and repaid half a million pounds. He’s had more credit cards and bank accounts than anyone you’ve ever met. Like some eccentric Lehman brother the family don’t like to talk about, he traded in debt – his own – and he actually made it work. From a high-flyer in the seventies advertising scene (think Mad Men but with bad teeth and smaller buildings), through his breakdown and long slide into depression, and his redemption through the discovery of stoozing, 'A CREDIT TO HIMSELF' is the uplifting story of how and why beating the banks at their own game saved one man’s life and why the issues raised are things we all need to think about.