John Lanchester

John Lanchester was born in Hamburg in 1962. He has worked as a football reporter, obituary writer, book editor, restaurant critic, and deputy editor of the London Review of Books, where he is a contributing editor. He is a regular contributor to the New Yorker. He has written four novels, The Debt to Pleasure, Mr Phillips and Fragrant Harbour, and Capital, and two works of non-fiction: Family Romance, a memoir; and Whoops!: Why everyone owes everyone and no one can pay, about the global financial crisis. His books have won the Hawthornden Prize, the Whitbread First Novel Prize, E.M Forster Award, and the Premi Llibreter, been longlisted for the Booker Prize, and been translated into twenty-five languages. He is married, has two children and lives in London.

Books by John Lanchester

Reality, and Other Stories

Published: January 2022

Very modern ghost stories from the Booker-nominated author of The Wall.

Reality, and Other Stories

Published: November 2020

Very modern ghost stories from the Booker-nominated author of The Wall.

The Wall

Published: January 2020

John Lanchester's Booker-longlisted new novel - a work of fiction that establishes itself as an instant modern classic.

The Wall

Published: February 2019

John Lanchester's long-awaited new novel - an hypnotic dystopian novel exploring the most compelling issues of our time.


Published: January 2016

Tie-in edition of the bestselling novel from John Lanchester which is coming to BBC1 starring Toby Jones and Gemma Jones

How to Speak Money

Published: April 2015

A funny, clear and brilliantly entertaining guide to the world of finance by John Lanchester, bestselling author of Capital and Whoops!

Fragrant Harbour

Published: February 2013

John Lanchester's much-loved novel, beautifully republished alongside his bestseller Capital.

Mr Phillips

Published: February 2013

The perfect companion to Capital, this is John Lanchester's tale of a businessman's life unraveling in a day.


Published: January 2013

The bestselling, moving and hugely topical story of one street caught on the brink of the crash.

Family Romance

Published: July 2008

An astonishing true story of family secrets stretching around the world and through three generations.

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