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A letter to his daughter by the #1 bestselling world-renowned economist using vivid, universally accessible stories to explain what economics is and why it is so dangerous

Yanis Varoufakis, the bestselling author of Adults in the Room, uses personal stories and famous myths to explain what economics is and why it has the power to change our world.

Why is there so much inequality? In this intimate and accessible book, world famous economist Yanis Varoufakis sets out to answer his daughter Xenia’s deceptively simple question. Drawing on memories of her childhood and a variety of well-known tales – from Oedipus and Faust to Frankenstein and The Matrix -- Talking To My Daughter About the Economy explains everything you need to know in order to understand why economics is the most important drama of our times. It is a book that helps to make sense of a troubling world while inspiring us to make it a better one.


If you're Left-wing, or even if you have doubts about market economies, you'll love his arguments because they're so easy to understand. If you're on the Right, you'll have a very clear idea of how your cleverest opponents think ... Varoufakis tells all this with exemplary verve ... It's great fun to read ... Varoufakis has started a debate here, and he's done it brilliantly

Evening Standard

Utterly accessible, deeply humane and startlingly original – a potent democratic tool at the perfect time

Naomi Klein, author of No Is Not Enough

One of the most accurate and detailed descriptions of modern power ever written

Guardian on Adults In The Room

One of my few heroes. As long as people like Varoufakis are around, there still is hope

Slavoj Zizek

Varoufakis has the greatest political virtues of all – courage and honesty

The Times

Experts have often found it easier to hide behind opaque language than to explain complex concepts in simple terms … Varoufakis wants to smash this barrier: he argues from the outset that if we defer to experts on the economy then we hand over all our most important political decisions to them … Varoufakis does equip his readers with the beginnings of a new language, and punctures myth after myth

Anna Minton, Guardian

Varoufakis's brief history of capitalism unspools with characteristic fluency and verve ... those seeking to better understand the 'black magic' of bankers should look no further

Financial Times

Superbly written ... he was – and is – right

Martin Wolf, Financial Times, on Adults in the Room

A stimulating and elegant perspective on market economies. It is accessible but not simplistic … A superb chapter on banking ... provocative and stylish

Paschal Donohoe, Irish Times

An outstanding economist and political analyst

Noam Chomsky

Astonishing … a reflection on the nature and meaning of power in our times

Open Democracy on Adults In The Room

The Thucydides of our time

Jeffrey Sachs

A provocative, challenging, yet non-patronising analysis of the global economy: what it is, how it came to be and why it can never be apolitical. By using ancient myths, contemporary culture and family stories, Varoufakis makes the text intimate and accessible

Nigel Jones, Observer

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback


    October 16, 2017

    Bodley Head

    224 pages

    RRP $27.99

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