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.


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
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
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
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 10, 2000

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 >

THE DEBT TO PLEASURE by John Lanchester
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 1996

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 >