John Lanchester landed on the bestseller lists in 2012 when he published Capital, the story of a London street whose residents receive unsigned postcards marked: “We Want What You Have,” and whose lives are all somehow transformed by the global financial crisis. (The book was also adapted into a miniseries.) Lanchester’s interest in the world of money came late. Though his father was a banker, he only became keenly interested when it came time to write his novel. He realised just how crucial the City was as an engine of London.
Nowadays, besides working on his next novel, Lanchester writes finance-themed essays and books – such as How to Speak Money, published in 2014. He recently published