Alice - Book Launch with Stuart Kells and Dr Michael Falk


From: Tuesday July 30, 2024, 5:30 pm

To: Tuesday July 30, 2024, 7:00 pm

Book Launch Event: Alice

From Wall Street to the supreme court, how the world's largest banks control the money markets and crush competition

In the 1980s and 90s, amid an explosion in international money flows, a handful of people saw a new financial future and staked claims in it, triggering a battle to control the world's money markets. With phenomenal profits at stake, the conflict would go all the way to the United States Supreme Court, in a case that involved not just the largest Wall Street banks against each other, but also the tech behemoths of Silicon Valley.

In the tradition of Michael Lewis's Flash Boys and The Big ShortAlice is a story of ground-breaking insights, legal intrigue and improbable friendships. Pinpointing the likely causes of the next financial crisis, Alice reveals the fight to build a safer, fairer financial future.

Alice is now available for purchase here

About the Author

Stuart Kells has written on a wide range of subjects including libraries, publishing, professional services and diamond mining. His shorter works have been published around the world including in SmithsonianThe Paris ReviewThe Guardian and LitHub. A University of Melbourne alumnus, he delivered the 2018 Jean Whyte Lecture and the 2022 Murray Talk. His history of Penguin Books, Penguin and the Lane Brothers, won the Ashurst Business Literature Prize in 2015. His book The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's literary award and the NSW Premier’s general history prize. He is Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University’s College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce.

About the Discussant

Dr Michael Falk is the chief economist for IP Australia where he leads its program of economic evidence and advice. He has a PhD in the management of technological innovation from Melbourne Business School, and a MA in publishing and communications from The University of Melbourne. Michael has over a decade’s experience in research, strategy and communications roles across government, academia and industry, including work on entrepreneurial strategy for Australian and UK digital media startups. He is an advisory board member of the Centre for Transformative Innovation (CTI) at Swinburne University of Technology and the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA) at The University of Melbourne.

Event Details

Date: Tuesday 30 July 2024
Time: 6pm and runs until approximately 7pm. Attendees welcome to arrive from 5:30pm to enjoy drinks downstairs (at own cost)
Cost: Free of charge
Venue: The Kelvin Club, 14-30 Melbourne Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000

If you are not yet an ESA VIC member, this event is an opportunity for you to become a member to enjoy discounted rates on our other events and access to other free events throughout the year. You can become a member here.

We look forward to welcoming you to this event, 

ESA VIC Branch 


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The Kelvin Club

14-30 Melbourne Place, Melbourne VIC 3000

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