Spencer Dunmore's hilarious novel follows the adventures of an ambitious young man from London's Muswell Hill in the New York of the 1950s as he makes his way through the Machiavellian, sometimes ingenuous world of Insurance.

It is the summer of 1953 when Norman Pickles arrives in the States from shabby, post-war England, determined to survive and succeed. The job he eventually lands is a lowly one, assistant editor of the Prime Life Insurance Company's house magazine; but thanks to a series of extraordinary accidents he is soon ascending the corporate ladder. The dizzy way upwards for Norman is indeed accelerated by other people's disasters — with, in its course, many outrageous, alarming and erotic excursions among friends and colleagues.