High Stakes: How I Blew £14 Million

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Random House, Dec 21, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages

Nigel Goldman wrote the autobiographical High Stakes while in prison paying the price for two decades of risk-taking on the financial markets. Through his dealings in the tempestuous silver futures market and a sideline in rare coin investments, Goldman developed a taste for the champagne lifestyle. Desperate to maintain the high life, his deals became riskier and were increasingly financed by his clients' money. Taking advantage of trading loopholes and insider tip-offs, Goldman peaked with an account balance of £14 million but troughed with two spells in prison.

The story begins with Goldman placing a £50 bet on the roulette table and walking away with £10,000. And so his adventures continue. There are personal trades, investment businesses, gold bullion deals, racehorses and an American gentleman who allows Goldman to play with his fortune on the New York Stock Exchange. But there are also Customs and Excise investigations and lifelong enemies waiting to exact their revenge.

High Stakes provides a detailed insight into the little-known twilight world of insider-dealing and shows how the search for the ultimate win can lead to a life on the run.


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Excellent read - got through it in one and a half days - I feel something must have happened to poor Nigel for him to turn out so - having read that he was sent to the evil institution Carmel College I wonder if he went through the mill there

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I have to say that the book is the best book i have ever read,,it helps having known the author around
Moseley and Libertys night club in the late 70s early 80s.
He had a touch of self publicity and
suffers from little man syndrome LMS.
He was popular because he bought his company,no one found him charming at all, shame he disgraced his family, he must envy the real ticket Sir Phillip Green a genuine businessman without threat of jail,whom i understand to have been a classmate of his.
Shame really some of the people he knew socially have done very well and he will spend his life in a nervous state, still a great read, buy it, read it, it will only take one evening to do it.
The royalties should help him if he can risk the bank account that they flow into for fear of being located.
Viewing the photos in the book of his Father holding him as a Child unaware of what he had bred and worked for could make you cry.
Well done Nigel.


Authors Note
Exit to America
In Court with Customs and Excise
The Touch 198899 Starting Over with Rare Coins

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About the author (2012)

Nigel Goldman was born in 1957 and educated at Carmel College, Oxen. He now lives very modestly with his girlfriend in Andalusia, southern Spain, where he works as an Internet bookmaker. This is his first book.

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