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MICHAEL HARRISON

Michael HarrisonMichael Harrison is a journalist, writer and former corporate adviser. He was one of the founder members of The Independent in 1986, going on to become the newspaper’s Business Editor and Deputy City Editor of the Evening Standard.

He was named Business Journalist of the Year in 2001 in the British Press Awards for his exposé of the secretive world of nuclear waste reprocessing and commended in this category on a further two occasions. During a career in financial journalism spanning twenty five years he reported on some of the biggest stories of the day, including the Guinness and BCCI scandals, the collapse of Barings Bank, the demise of the carmaker Rover and the privatisation of Britain’s water, power, rail, airline and telecoms industries.

He also covered the major events of the period that shook the world economy - Black Monday, Black Thursday, the dot.com crash of 2000 and the global recession that followed 9/11.  After leaving business journalism in 2007, he worked in corporate advisory for some of Britain’s biggest companies on crisis communications, corporate reputation and mergers and acquisitions.

He has now returned to journalism as a columnist with the Evening Standard.

His first book, Mr. Charming, was published by Amberley in 2019. his Five Minutes To Midnight on the 2008 financial crash was published in 2020.

LATEST BOOK: FIVE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT

As the world struggles with the pandemic and the collateral economic damage, what lessons can we draw from the way the 2008 financial crisis was averted and Britain’s banks were kept afloat? This true-life thriller puts you in the room with ministers, mandarins, City watchdogs – and the disgraced bankers themselves – as they raced to save the country’s biggest lenders. They had to prevent the contagion spreading uncontrollably from the financial sector to the real economy. Then, as now, they had to discover a vaccine and they needed to find it fast. Drawing on exclusive and extensive interviews with Gordon Brown, Alistair Darling, Mervyn King and other central figures, including government ministers, Whitehall advisers, top civil servants, central bankers, regulators and bank CEOs,

Five Minutes To Midnight takes you inside Number 10 Downing Street, the Treasury and the boardrooms of Britain’s biggest financial institutions. It also takes you across the world into the White House and the chambers of the IMF and G7 as Prime Minister Gordon Brown and Chancellor Alistair Darling criss-cross the globe urging other governments to use the British rescue plan as a blueprint for their own ailing economies. Day by day, hour by hour, it recounts the mounting tensions, the personality clashes, the stand-offs, the bitter arguments and the brinkmanship as financiers and politicians lock horns with one another and sometimes with themselves. The future may look bleak but Five Minutes to Midnight shows that with the political will, a crisis does not have to turn into a catastrophe.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Five Minutes To Midnight, (Hartington Press, 2020); Mr. Charming (Amberley, 2019)