Banking on Form is an amusing and irreverent record of a powerfully built young athlete
who became caught up in the world of Banking.
The problems confronting young Pook as he struggles to combine the art of Banking
with sex, body-building and
a football career—a feat which understandably threatens to overwhelm him until a
clever Austrian gentleman steps in with a timely solution are told in fast tempo
and with dry humour.
In the process, to the lay reader’s delight and edification at least, Pook reveals
the mysteries of the British banking system; becomes entangled in the night-life
of Paris; develops into the strong-man of the financial world; plays soccer on the
bloodfeud principle, and antagonises every person he comes in contact with—including
During the resultant chaos the Banks, amongst others, undergo a gentle pulling of
their pin-striped legs. Pook sums up his own feelings when he says “Reading How
to Win Friends and Influence People doesn’t seem to have done me much good. All I
can do is to lose friends and injure people.” But it is all good clean fun, and the
laughter which will follow the earnest young man through his hectic career will
win him plenty of friends among readers—at any rate outside the ranks of bankers.