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David Courtney Boyle, 1958-, is a British author and journalist who writes mainly about history and new ideas in economics, money, business and culture. He lives in Crystal Palace, London. His book Authenticity put the phenomenon on the business and political agenda. His previous books The Tyranny of Numbers and The Sum of Our Discontent predicted and fermented the backlash against target culture. Funny Money helped launched the time banks movement in the UK.

His history books usually have a business or economic dimension, including Blondel's Song (UK) and The Troubadour's Song (USA) about the imprisonment and ransom of Richard the Lionheart. His 2008 book Toward the Setting Sun tells the intertwined story of Christopher Columbus, John Cabot and Amerigo Vespucci and their race for America in the 1490s.

He has been the editor of several journals including New Economics and Town & Country Planning. He is a fellow of the New Economics Foundation and has been at the heart of the effort to develop co-production and introduce time banks to Britain as a critical element of public service reform. He has been closely involved in their Clone Town Britain campaign and writes about the future of volunteering, cities and business. He currently edits the Foundation's publication Radical Economics.

David helped found the London Time Bank, and was co-founder of Time Banking UK. He has been a candidate for Parliament of the United Kingdom, and sits on the federal policy committee of the Liberal Democrats (UK). He was editor of the weekly Liberal Democrat News from 1992-1998.

Partial list of books

  • Building Futures, 1989
  • What is New Economics?, 1993
  • Alternative Identities, Alternative Currencies, 1999
  • Funny Money: In search of alternative cash, 1999 (ISBN 0-00-653067-2)
  • The Sum of Our Discontent, 2001
  • The Tyranny of Numbers, 2001 {ISBN 0-00-653199-7}
  • The Little Money Book, 2003 (ISBN 1-901970-51-5)
  • The Money Changers: Currency Reform from Aristotle to e-cash, 2003
  • Numbers, 2004 (ISBN 0-9543959-2-1)
  • Authenticity: Brands, Fakes, Spin and the Lust for Real Life, 2004 (ISBN 0-00-717964-2)
  • The Troubadour's Song: The Capture and Ransom of Richard the Lionheart, 2005 (ISBN 0-670-91486-X)
  • Blondel's Song: The Capture, Imprisonment and Ransom of Richard the Lionheart, 2005 (ISBN 978-0-141-01597-2)
  • Leaves the World to Darkness 2007 (ISBN 978-0-9552263-0-4)
  • Toward the Setting Sun: Columbus, Cabot and Vespucci and the Race for America 2008 (ISBN 978-0-8027-1651-4)
  • Co-production: A manifesto for growing the core economy 2008 (ISBN 987-1-904-82-32-9)

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