Inspired by real events, this novel explores the human consequences for those caught up in the rapid transformation of a widely respected Australian corporation. Read more about “Grand Intentions”
I didn't expect to like Trevor Barr's book, Grand Intentions, because the subject of tele-communications and big business in novel form just did not seem to appeal to me. But I was surprised by how involved I became with the characters and the story of how they all reacted to serious changes in their careers, and particularly the global involvement. So very pertinent to world business nowadays, and how fast and brutal the new world of business has become. I don't like the world we are now living in; it is difficult to accept the politics, the hardness of heart and the removal of old loyalties, etc. All of this is covered so clearly in this book.
I found the entry of American business attitudes and what I think of as sympathy towards the work force-in fact the lack of feeling towards anyone whose outlook differs from that of the bosses is at the root of so much dissatisfaction today. The importance of concentrating on profit and shareholders at the expense of every-one else seems to be the accepted way nowadays just like the situation here in Britain that we find worrying. So the take on it rang bells.
I found the characters very believable. I found the politics interesting as well. Hated some e.g. Clint Mason and his circle, and found others- Max, Paul and Gordon - all sympathetic. Also, I was really impressed by the Aboriginal woman, Amanyi Kunoth and her exchange of views with Clint. How could I not be on her side?
I do hope this book is a great success Josephine Coffey, Somerset.