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To Arthur Conway, not long out of school, the offer of an opening in a small family bank by his cousin Alastair proves a welcome haven to an aspiring writer faced with mounting bills.
Alastair sees his arrival as an opportunity to enlist his help in unlocking the fortunes of the bank while the manager is away. When his scheme fails, a new manager takes over with a bold plan to transform the bank using the latest technology.
Arthur immediately falls in love with Jenny, the new consultant brought in by the manager and faces stiff competition from her pet dog, Ben, who makes his presence felt wherever he goes.
Spurned by his love in a jealous misunderstanding, Arthur is faced with divided loyalties as he sets out to foil an attempt to rob the bank and win back his love.
Set in a fictional town in post-war England, before the days of computer games and DVD, this is another one of Michael Wilton's funny and rather fanciful, farcical tales that take the reader into the world of his fertile imagination in creating the environment and a host of improbable characters that gel together with the storyline to produce an entirely enjoyable read. Young Arthur Conway finds a job in his local bank, despite knowing nothing about banking. The manager doesn't seem to notice his shortcomings as he's too interested in playing with his train set and walking around in a station master's hat and waving a flag.
Arthur's old school friend, Alistair, works at the bank and not only helps him settle in, but manages to turn him into a failed bank robber, though in true Wilton style the two friends are somehow held to be heroes, for apparently foiling an attempted robbery. When the manager is promoted and replaced by an ex-SAS officer, everything changes, and not for the better. When Arthur and, Alistair finally realise the new manager is up to no good they must try to foil his plans whilst ensuring the safety of their respective girlfriends who are taken captive by the manager and his cronies. As with all Michael Wilton's books, suspend your belief in logic and reality and immerse yourself in the comical world he creates on the pages. I did, and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.