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.
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.
Victor Phillips, married with two sons, lives in a London far different from Clarissa Dalloway's—more populous and
polluted, more clogged with traffic, more ridden with crime—and yet a city that's much unchanged. Read full book review >
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. What can be told without spoiling the tale—for there's a mystery here—is that the book is the story of a life, the life is that of an Englishman named Tarquin (originally Rodney) Winot, and Winot himself is the speaker of every carefully weighed sentence and exquisitely formed paragraph from start to end. Read full book review >