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  • Published: 1 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143773818
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

Tales from a Financial Hot Mess




The realest guide to money ... and how to have more of it.

Are you stymied by debt? Clueless about where your paychecks go?

Journalist, podcaster and reformed money mess Frances Cook is here for you.

Tales from a Financial Hot Mess is the story of Frances getting her money sh*t sorted. With no idea where she was going wrong and what to do about it, she took it upon herself to learn from the best – and soon found out that the fixes were right in front of her the whole time. (She just needed to wise up a bit.)

Frances learned the hard way so you don’t have to.

Dishing up a brilliant, often hilarious personal narrative, proven financial advice, handy how-tos (and please-don’ts) and many expert insights (from 22 actual experts), this book will guide you along the rocky path to financial freedom – however that might look for you.

Tales from a Financial Hot Mess is the real deal – not another bulleted, tabled, graphed lecture from a financial advisor who’s never had issues with money. Read it and enjoy – who knows, you might learn a thing or two.

What have you got to lose?

  • Pub date: 1 October 2019
  • ISBN: 9780143773818
  • Imprint: Random House New Zealand
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 288

About the Author

Frances Cook

Frances Cook is a reformed money mess, currently managing podcasts for the New Zealand Herald, Newstalk ZB, and RadioSport. She is best known for hosting the personal finance podcast 'Cooking the Books', one of New Zealand’s top podcasts.

Gaining a Master’s in Media Studies from Victoria University of Wellington, Frances went on to work as a journalist, first at RadioLive then NewstalkZB, before moving to cover politics for ZB. She more recently made the switch to work at the Herald, first as a senior multimedia journalist, and now in her podcast role.

As well as hosting ‘Cooking the Books’, Frances also hosts ‘The Front Page’, which goes behind the scenes of the biggest investigations out of the Herald newsroom. She is the executive producer of podcasts ‘Speaking Secrets’ and ‘Trip Notes’, with others in the pipeline. She is a regular commentator for Newstalk ZB radio shows, particularly on politics and personal finance matters.


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