Books by John Lanchester

John Lanchester is the prizewinning author of The Debt to Pleasure, Mr Phillips, and Fragrant Harbor. His writings have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The New York Times Book Review.

THE WALL by John Lanchester
Released: March 5, 2019

"Dystopian fiction done just right, with a scenario that's all too real."
"Nothing before the sea was real": a bleak portrait of a future world shaped by global climate change and refugees desperate for a few square feet of dry land. Read full book review >
CAPITAL by John Lanchester
Released: June 11, 2012

"An expertly written novel of modern manners, with moments that read as if David Lodge or Malcolm Bradbury had stepped out of academia to take on the world of money and power."
Elegant, elegiac, eloquent novel of London life in the time when things lolly-related are definitively beginning to fall to pieces. Read full book review >
FAMILY ROMANCE by John Lanchester
Released: Feb. 15, 2007

"A lovely story that gets bogged down in detail."
British novelist Lanchester (Fragrant Harbor, 2002, etc.) uncovers his mother's secret life—nothing sordid, just surprising—and in the process comes to understand his own character. Read full book review >
FRAGRANT HARBOR by John Lanchester
Released: July 8, 2002

"Extraordinarily knowledgeable, ingeniously woven, and powerfully engrossing: a portrait of nothing less than an entire piece of the world and most of a century."
Lanchester follows Mr. Phillips (2000) with yet another book unlike his others, albeit every bit as absorbing: the brilliant tale of Hong Kong over 75 years seen through the lives of three who lived there. Read full book review >
MR PHILLIPS by John Lanchester
Released: April 10, 2000

"Lanchester's capable, knowledgeable, revelatory homage to Mrs. Woolf and Mr. Joyce (and even to Mr. Eliot's 'unreal city') is one of them."
Following up on his successful cookbook-cum-mystery (The Debt to Pleasure, 1996), Lanchester offers an end-of-the-century version of Mrs. Dalloway—with results as brilliantly captivating as Michael Cunningham's were in The Hours. Read full book review >
THE DEBT TO PLEASURE by John Lanchester
Released: April 1, 1996

"For the intellectual reader, a feast, complete with hint of decay. (First printing of 100,000; first serial to Granta; $100,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Lanchester's debut in the recent cookbook-cum-novel sweepstakes is a tour de force certain to please some highly, while others may be worn down by an incremental pace and unceasingly (if expertly) mannered tone. Read full book review >