John Lanchester landed on a bestseller lists in 2012 when he published Capital, a story of a London travel whose residents accept unsigned postcards marked: “We Want What You Have,” and whose lives are all somehow remade by a tellurian financial crisis. (The book was also blending into a miniseries.) Lanchester’s seductiveness in a universe of income came late. Though his father was a banker, he usually became keenly meddlesome when it came time to write his novel. He realised only how essential a City was as an engine of London.
Nowadays, besides operative on his subsequent novel, Lanchester writes finance-themed essays and books – such as How to Speak Money, published in 2014. He recently published