Mark And The Void, The [Paul Murray]

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Investment banker Claude is being stalked by Paul, who is certain he has found the star of his new novel. But is Claude interesting enough to be an artist's muse?

Claude is being stalked by Paul, who is certain he has found the star of his new novel.

What links the Bank of Torabundo, an art heist, a novel called For the Love of a Clown, a four-year-old boy named after TV detective Remington Steele, a lonely French banker, a tiny Pacific island, and a pest control business run by an ex-KGB man? You guessed it...

Paul Murray’s madcap novel of institutional folly, follows the success of his wildly original Skippy Dies. Read by Peter Serafinowicz.

While marooned at his banking job in the bewilderingly damp and insular realm known as Ireland, Claude Martingale is approached by a down-on-his-luck author, Paul, looking for his next great subject. Claude finds that his life gets steadily more exciting under Paul’s fictionalizing influence; he even falls in love with a beautiful waitress. But can an investment banker be turned into a romantic hero, even with a writer on his side? And is Paul actually on Claude's side at all?

The Mark and the Void is a stirring examination of the deceptions carried out in the names of art, love and commerce – and is also probably the funniest novel ever written about a financial crisis.

Abridged by Sara Davies.

Producer: Jenny Thompson.

Music: Money by The Flying Lizards and Je Veux by Zaz

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2015.

Claude is an investment banker living in Dublin, but to novelist Paul he is inspirational.

Paul Murray's madcap novel of institutional folly. Read by Peter Serafinowicz.

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A bank collapses, a heist is averted and Claude makes a daring decision.

Novelist Paul shadows his muse at the Bank of Torabundo, but Claude grows increasingly worried he's not interesting enough to star in a novel.

Paul Murray’s madcap novel of institutional folly - a stirring examination of the deceptions carried out in the names of art, love and commerce.

Read by Peter Serafinowicz.

Abridged by Sara Davies.

Producer: Jenny Thompson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2015.

Novelist Paul shadows Claude at work but the banker might be a disappointment.

Paul Murray's madcap novel of institutional folly. Read by Peter Serafinowicz.

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Paul is struggling to make a book about banking interesting until he hits upon an idea, maybe Claude should fall in love?

Initially sceptical, Claude's heart begins to beat...

Paul Murray’s madcap novel of institutional folly - a stirring examination of the deceptions carried out in the names of art, love and commerce.

Read by Peter Serafinowicz.

Abridged by Sara Davies.

Producer: Jenny Thompson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2015.

Paul gives up on writing the Great Banking Novel and Claude begins his own love story...

Paul Murray's madcap novel of institutional folly. Read by Peter Serafinowicz.

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Devastated after learning he was the mark in Paul and Igor's plan to rob the bank, Claude comes up with an idea to retain Paul's help in his pursuit of Ariadne...

Paul Murray’s madcap novel of institutional folly - a stirring examination of the deceptions carried out in the names of art, love and commerce.

Read by Peter Serafinowicz.

Abridged by Sara Davies.

Producer: Jenny Thompson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2015.

Duped and dispirited, Claude still thinks Paul can help him with the waitress.

Paul Murray's madcap novel of institutional folly. Read by Peter Serafinowicz.

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Claude has asked Paul to help him write his romance with Ariadne, while his imminent report on Royal Irish Bank is revealing all kinds of financial chicanery.

Paul Murray’s madcap novel of institutional folly - a stirring examination of the deceptions carried out in the names of art, love and commerce.

Read by Peter Serafinowicz.

Abridged by Sara Davies.

Producer: Jenny Thompson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in July 2015.

Claude engages Paul's help to woo Ariadne, but things don't go as planned.

Paul Murray's madcap novel of institutional folly. Read by Peter Serafinowicz.

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After Igor and Paul's disastrous help in Claude's pursuit of Ariadne, the writer has a new idea to court the waitress, and it's all to do with Claude's wealth.

Paul Murray’s madcap novel of institutional folly - a stirring examination of the deceptions carried out in the names of art, love and commerce.

Continued by Peter Serafinowicz.

Abridged by Sara Davies.

Music: Money by The Flying Lizards and Je Veux by Zaz

Producer: Jenny Thompson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2015.

Following Claude's humiliation with Ariadne he's ready to quit but Paul has other plans.

Paul Murray's madcap novel of institutional folly. Read by Peter Serafinowicz.

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Claude and Ariadne are united by their love of French philosophy until he learns she is in love with another.

Meanwhile Paul looks for investment in a business for the lovesick.

Paul Murray’s madcap novel of institutional folly - a stirring examination of the deceptions carried out in the names of art, love and commerce.

Read by Peter Serafinowicz.

Abridged by Sara Davies.

Producer: Jenny Thompson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2015.

Claude is broken-hearted and Paul meets a figure from his past who offers fresh hope.

Paul Murray's madcap novel of institutional folly. Read by Peter Serafinowicz.

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Paul tries to interest Claude in his waitress surveillance business when he meets his former editor who mistakes Claude for Paul's lover.

But who knows where the charade will lead?

Paul Murray’s madcap novel of institutional folly - a stirring examination of the deceptions carried out in the names of art, love and commerce.

Read by Peter Serafinowicz.

Abridged by Sara Davies.

Producer: Jenny Thompson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2015.

Claude tries to get over Ariadne but Paul pretends they are lovers to get a dinner invite.

Paul Murray's madcap novel of institutional folly. Read by Peter Serafinowicz.

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To Claude's bafflement Paul still resists writing a new novel.

At the Bank of Torabundo trader Howie has worked out how to monetize failure but the market will have its say...

Paul Murray’s madcap novel of institutional folly - a stirring examination of the deceptions carried out in the names of art, love and commerce.

Read by Peter Serafinowicz.

Abridged by Sara Davies.

Producer: Jenny Thompson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2015.

Paul still won't write his novel and Claude's bank takes bigger and bigger risks.

Paul Murray's madcap novel of institutional folly. Read by Peter Serafinowicz.

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The bank fails, a heist is attempted and Claude the Everyman banker makes a choice that will change everyone's lives...

Paul Murray’s madcap novel of institutional folly - a stirring examination of the deceptions carried out in the names of art, love and commerce.

Concluded by Peter Serafinowicz.

Abridged by Sara Davies.

Producer: Jenny Thompson.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in August 2015.

A bank collapses, a heist is averted and Claude makes a daring decision.

Paul Murray's madcap novel of institutional folly. Read by Peter Serafinowicz.